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15 Outstanding Caribbean Filmmakers will participate in Unique Incubator Program

Frances-Anne Solomon, CEO of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, the region’s premier film marketing and distribution entity, this week announced that fifteen (15) top Caribbean filmmakers will participate in CTWD’s highly effective Market Incubator Program.

  The Program, now in its second year, trains Caribbean content creators in the all-important packaging and marketing of films, and will take place as part of the CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase, from Sept 7-17tth at Harbourfront Centre.

The “Class of 2011” includes some of the hottest current and emerging filmmakers from around the Caribbean Diaspora:

       Chris Browne, Jamaican writer / director, whose film “Ghett’a Life” will have its North American Premiere at the CaribbeanTales Showcase. Browne’s first feature “Third World Cop” is the largest grossing Caribbean film to date having played in Jamaican cinemas for over four months.

       Michelle Serieux, St. Lucian producer and director, co- founder of New Caribbean Cinema, a Jamaica-based film collective that includes filmmakers Storme Saulter, cinematographer, Nile Saulter, and filmmaker Joel Burke.

       Rodney Smith and Aubrey Padmore, the team behind innovative, New York / Barbados-based web series “Dominion”

       Nicole Brooks multi-talented Canadian filmmaker, producer, songstress and theatre artist, producer of the series ECHO, and director of “The Orisha Suite” and “Ase”.

       Darren Anthony, Jamaican-Canadian writer of runaway hit play “Secrets of a Black Boy” that has just closed at New York’s ActNow New Voices In Theatre Festival.

       Alison Saunders, award-winning director of “Hit For Six”, whose documentary project “Panama Fever” was one of the projects supported by Toronto’s 2010 Incubator Program.

 Core Faculty are CTWD CEO and Program Director Frances-Anne Solomon; Creative Industry Specialist, Dr. Keith Nurse; and Media Personality and Producer, Lisa Wickham. They are supported by a stellar team of guest specialists that includes:

       Hayet Benkara, International Festival Consultant

       Johanna Samuel, Distribution Specialist

       Charlotte Rose, CEO, Green Light Artist Management

       Joan Vogelsang, CEO, Toon Boom Animation

       Sonja Heinen, Project Manager, World Cinema Fund and Head, Berlinale Co-production Market,

       Anne Frank, Regional Director of Business Development, Telefilm Canada.

       Anais Clanet, Head of Sales, WIDE Management, France

       Tonya Lee Williams, Actor and President of Canada’s Reel World Film Festival.

The Incubator Program 2011 is funded by the CaribbeanTales Scholarship Fund, that this year is supported by Camilo Antonio, Leroy Crosse, Rita Cox, Terrence Farrell, Fil Fraser, Jay MacPherson, Selwyn Rouse, Jimmy Stewart, Carl Thorpe, Jean Sheen.

For more information about the Incubator Program, the Film Showcase, its Schedule, and to buy tickets please visit: http://www.caribbeantales.ca/CTFF/

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