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Cross Continental Forum – 5 Days in Barbados

Toronto, ON. – April 08, 2024 – Acclaimed actress CCH Pounder, celebrated film producer Paul Garnes, international media executives and 26 high-level producers from Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa and a number of Caribbean countries will meet in Barbados from April 15-19 for the inaugural Cross Continental Forum (CCF).

CCF is a pioneering initiative of CaribbeanTales Media Group and Imagine Media International in association with the Faculty of Culture, Creative and Performing Arts at the UWI Cave Hill Campus.

Ava DuVernay’s critically-acclaimed film Origin will open the forum with a screening followed by an interactive talk-back with Garnes at the university’s Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination. The talk-back will be hosted by Pounder, a media release said.


The first of its kind, CCF stands as a dynamic co-producing and business development forum, convening industry leaders, producers, and innovators from the United Kingdom, Canada, Africa and the Caribbean, for a collaborative exchange of ideas and opportunities that will result in new co-productions.

”We are excited to bring together a diverse group of international professionals to facilitate new co-ventures” said Frances-Anne Solomon, CEO at CaribbeanTales Media Group. ”As film storytellers of the global south, with roots and connections around the world, we have access to incredible unharnessed stories that will resonate with all our audiences: Tall tales of struggle and overcoming adversity, of laughter and freedom, and the healing power of resilience and joy”.

This year, the forum’s guiding focus will center on “Decolonizing the co-production process for the benefit of the Global South”.

“Our goal is to facilitate highly interactive networking opportunities resulting in successful long-term production partnerships.” said Lisa Wickham, President & CEO at Imagine Media International Limited. “We expect the Cross Continental Forum to be a cornucopia of strong, untold, diverse stories.”


The exceptional group of official participants for the 2024 Cross Continental Forum are:

CCF Participants

United Kingdom:

Carol Harding – Vicarious Productions

David Davis – 5 Acts Production

Dave Donald – Gallus Media

Nadine Marsh-Edwards – Green Acre Films

Sharon King – Awesome Productions

Yvonne Ibazebo – Turnover Films


Amar Wala – Scarborough Pictures

Asis Sethi – Fly Away Films Inc.

Cazhhmere Downey – Direct Or Die Filmworks

Ella Cooper – Brown Rabbit Studios

Mitra Knight – 1844 Studios

Tristan Barrocks – Mid-Career Productions

Trinidad & Tobago:

Paul Pryce – The Deliverer Ltd

Gina Parris – Gina Parris Entertainment


Robert Maylor – Mental Telepathy Pictures

Natalie Thompson – Cinecom Productions

South Africa:

Zikethiwe Ngcobo – Fuzebox Films


Meschida Philip – Mprojekts Creative Group

Dominican Republic:

Belle Guzman – Cronos Films


Sanna Allsopp – Parachute Film Studios

Alison Saunders – Blue Waters Productions Inc.

St. Vincent:

Akley Olton – Island Rebel Media


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