CTWD TORONTO FILM SHOWCASE and INTERNATIONAL MARKET ACCESS PROGRAM Toronto, September 7-17, 2011 | Harbourfront Center and University of Toronto
CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution is partnering with the Harbourfront Center to present the CaribbeanTales 2011 Film Showcase and Market Access Program. The Market Access Program: For the 2nd consecutive year the CaribbeanTales International Market Access Program takes place during the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2010 CTWD hosted a delegation of 40 Caribbean-Diaspora filmmakers and industry stakeholders to participate in TIFF through a special Market Access Program that prepared participants for the festival. The schedule included a 3-day Incubator, a speed dating pitch session, and a Caribbean-themed Launch Party, all aimed at raising the profile of Caribbean filmmakers and product, and supporting the growth of a vibrant world-class Caribbean film and TV industry. The Film Showcase engages families, youth, community and the industry in a multi- facetted program that includes workshops, screenings, networking sessions, and other activities that celebrate the exploding film and television industry in the Caribbean.This year’s focus is on the exciting world of CARIBBEAN ANIMATION. The Toronto Int’l Film Festival is the world’s largest public film festival and is North America’s premiere film festival. Huge audiences attend from around the world. The famed Hollywood Film magazine, ‘Variety’, acknowledged that, “TIFF, is second only to Cannes in terms of high profile Press, Stars and Market activity.”
ACTIVITIES 10 packed days celebrating Caribbean film and television
LAUNCH PARTY Wednesday 7th September 2011 | Lakeshore Terrace, Harbourfront CTWD will host a high profile Launch Party that will serve as a tourism destination branding opportunity for islands, as well as a showcase for the developing film industry. MARKET INCUBATOR Sept 8th – 11th 2011. An Intensive 3 day Incubator where selected producers will have an opportunity to hone their business plans and film/television pitches, through one-on-one support and group interventions led by international consultants. The Incubator will also include a Market Simulation exercise. MEET THE BUYERS Sept 12-16th 2011. Throughout the week, CTWD will host a number of intimate events that will include many opportunities to network informally and have private one on one meetings with international buyers and funders attending the Toronto International Film Festival. PARTICIPATE IN TIFF CTWD participants will benefit from special discounted rates for TIFF passes. TIFF representatives will be on hand to help filmmakers negotiate the festival. FAMILY SHOWCASE September 11th, 16th, 17th and 18th A program of workshops, screenings, and presentations that engage family, youth and community in an appreciation of Caribbean audiovisual work. This year’s focus is on the exploding possibilities of Caribbean Animation featuring Anime Caribe, the premier animation studio in the Caribbean, led by lead animator Camille Selvon Abrahams. EDUCATIONAL SCREENINGS September 15th and 16th High school students get a chance to be entertained and educated through screenings and talk back sessions of outstanding Caribbean films. THE TEAM Our core team is comprised of CTWD CEO and accomplished international filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, creative industries expert and Director of the Shridath Ramphal Center at UWI Dr Keith Nurse, and international media personality, producer and marketing specialist Lisa Wickham. They are supported by international Guest Specialists, who this year will include professionals from Canada, the US, Europe and South Africa. TO APPLY: To Participate in the CTWD Toronto Market Access Program please submit your project-in-development proposal to Caribbeantales@gmail.com. The projects can be of any genre. Your package should include the following: Name of project; writer/director/producer/production company; length of film, format, country of production, logline, synopsis, filmmaker bio, target audience, financing plan, and (if available) trailer. Deadline for submissions June 30th 2011.