This year’s Caribbean Tales Film Festival will showcase 10 feature length and 20 short films and offer a platform for filmmakers in the Caribbean region and Diaspora to secure world-class training and network opportunities.
The eighth annual event will run from August 17 to September 14 at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) and Harbourfront Centre on Queen’s Quay.
Caribbean Tales has partnered with Islands of the Caribbean (a collaboration of the Antigua & Barbuda, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis and St. Vincent & the Grenadines tourist boards in Canada) this year for a special screening series – Gems of the Caribbean – on August 17, 18 and 30 at the CNE. Harbourfront Centre will be the venue for the screening of the official competition films from the Caribbean from September 4-14.
“Our region is coming to voice in film, a testament to the exploding creativity and growing confidence of our filmmakers,” said Caribbean Tales chief executive officer Frances-Anne Solomon. “This year’s line-up features many exciting new films as well as new acquisitions from our 2013-14 distribution catalogue.”
The Trinidad & Tobago Consulate in Toronto will host the annual red carpet gala on September 4 and the world premiere screening of No Bois Man No Fraid. The 86-minute feature film reveals the hidden art of kalinda (stick fighting) from the point of view of two young T & T artists who return to their village to learn this powerful ancient discipline from traditional masters.
Caribbean Tales-TV, a Netflix-style video on demand platform aimed at students, educators and Caribbean film buffs, will be launched during the festival.
“CT-TV aims to be the go-to Internet hub where anyone anywhere can find films on any subject related to the Caribbean,” said Solomon.