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CaribbeanTales 2011 Film Festival Media Launch: January 17, Barbados

Howard Allen at 2010 Film Festival

Director Howard Allen signs a copy of his film, The Sweetest Mango, for Caribbean Lifestyle TV at the 2010 CaribbeanTales Film Festival, Barbados

Barbados will once again host the CaribbeanTales Film Festival (CTFF), Symposium & Marketplace from March 7 – 20 2011. The festival follows a highly successful event held last year that was a major boost for the local and regional film industry. CEO of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution and award-winning filmmaker, Frances-Anne Solomon disclosed that the official media launch for the festival will take place at the Island Inn Hotel at 10:00 a.m. on January 17. “The original CTFF held in Toronto for the last five years has been described as ‘bringing Caribbean films to the world,’ while our Barbados event brings the film world to the Caribbean with a view to developing the regional audio-visual industry.” Solomon said. In 2010, the inaugural Barbados edition of the festival attracted 76 filmmakers, buyers, media professionals and visitors from the Caribbean, North America, the UK and South Africa to these shores and was a major boost for the fledgling Barbadian film industry. Among the many highlights was a workshop by renowned director, Julie Dash — the first African-American woman to have a film distributed theatrically throughout the United States. CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution Inc., the only English-speaking Caribbean company dedicated to the distribution of Caribbean audio-visual content will stage the event, which will include a Content Incubator, educational screenings and workshops, as well as a symposium and marketplace focused on Caribbean content. Speakers at the media launch will include Dr. Keith Nurse, Chairman of CTWD, Frances-Anne Solomon and Lisa Wickham, a director of CTWD.

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