By Muniyra Douglas
CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) produces, markets and distributes Caribbean thematic films on both a local and international level.
This is the festival’s 13th year in operation is only getting bigger. In partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), CTFF displays films from filmmakers and directors from the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diaspora. This unique platform provides a foundation for the often mis and under-represented, marginalized and radicalized members of Canadian society. Running in tandem with TIFF, this year’s films run from Sept 5 to Sept 20, tickets are currently available.
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As a media sponsor for CTFF, VIBE 105 was privy to the festival’s The Big Pitch/Breakfast At TIFF. During this session the festival provided a meet and greet opportunity for a previously selected group of filmmakers and directors under the Caribbean Tales Incubator Program, to present their television and/or film prospects in front a panel of industry judges.
The Caribbean Incubator is a year-long development and production spot for members of the Caribbean diaspora to create, develop and showcase entertaining and fascinating storytelling. The goal of The Pitch is to receive financial funding or potential industry partnerships to aide the prospective media ideas.
Open to the public The Pitch provided five nominees with great feedback and a chance to further develop their work. Remaining attendees were able to mingle and chat with participants and industry representatives from other media outlets as CBC News and FLOW in a relaxed yet professional environment.
It was a pleasure to hear the ingenious framework from these budding filmmakers. CTFF is in full support of new Caribbean talent, which can often be lacking within the mainstream media. Diversity and positive representation in television and films is extremely important in such a culturally diverse society such as the Toronto & the GTA. And with the continued support from industry members, organizers and festival associations like CTFF upcoming directors can tell their stories creatively, truthfully and with complete confidence.