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Caribbean Tales Film Fest Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Caribbean Tales Film Fest Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Caribbean Tales International Film Festival is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary, with the 2015 edition of the film fest which will take place in Toronto, starting September 9, 2015. The festival returns under the theme ‘Caribbean Spirit’.

Taking place concurrently with the Toronto International Film Festival, Caribbean Tales draws on the film buzz in the city to showcase films which explore the diversity and dynamism of Caribbean heritage and culture. The 2015 edition of the Caribbean Tales Film Fest will also include a Caribbean film retrospective, though this line-up is yet to be announced.

The 2015 edition of the festival will also see the return of the Caribbean Tales Incubator (CTI) which will take place September 2 - 9, 2015. Last year’s winners of the The Big Pitch will culminates the incubator programme, Melissa Gomez (winner), Camille Selvon Abrahams (second place) and Jelani Nias (third place) have subsequently been paired with experienced executive producers to see help advance the creation of their film projects. The call for entries for participation in CTI 2015 closes April 30, 2015. 

This year’s Caribbean Tales is being supported the CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution's "3D Distribution Project", which is financed by the ACP Cultures+ Programme of the European Union. "3D" aims to strengthen and promote regional audiovisual content, and build sustainable distribution networks for Caribbean film and television. 

The Caribbean Tales Film Fest is designed to promote the talents of established and emerging filmmakers of Caribbean heritage, whether they practice within the region or throughout the diaspora. The festival aims to provide a global platform for them to share their distinctive and original stories. Last years winners included: Dal Puri Diaspora (Richard Fung, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago) which earned the Best Picture Award; Poetry is an Island - Derek Walcott by Ida Does (St. Lucia) which copped the award for Best Documentary; and Yurumien by Andrea Leland (USA/St. Vincent) which earned the Caribbean Spirit Award. 

Submissions for participation in Caribbean Tales 2015 are now open.