Connecting People Through Film
A MESSAGE FROM FRANCES-ANNE SOLOMON – Founder & CEO
As a Black-owned and Black-led global company, CT denounces all forms of racism and discrimination, in particular anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism.
We offer our sympathies to the families of #GeorgeFloyd. We grieve with them, haunted by flashbacks of similar killings of Black, Indigenous and racialized members of our communities by instruments of racist systems. As we watch the spectacle that has been unfolding across social media and other media platforms, together we rise yet again and stand in solidarity with global calls for an end to systemic racism and assert #BlackLivesMatter.
And, we redouble our efforts to further our mission, to build a comprehensive pipeline for film and television productions that tell our stories – working with black artists to develop and produce new content and exhibit it at our annual film festival. Then finance and distribute it internationally through online platforms. We see hope in the many public and private partnerships we have forged to carry out this mission. We look forward to working together with those partners and others who want to associate with an organization that is doing something practical to help end systemic racism across all sectors of the society.
CaribbeanTales is a registered Canadian charity that creates, markets, and distributes educational programs and films intended to promote racial equality and healthy community in Canada.
Our mandate is to foster and encourage intercultural understanding and citizen participation through the creation and distribution of educational films, videos, theatre as well as new media programs, products and resource materials that reflect the diversity and creativity of Caribbean-Canadian heritage culture.
We are also committed to building a global community among Canadians and with like-minded artists, cultural entrepreneurs and community builders throughout the Diaspora.
- The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (inaugurated, 2006) that showcases the work of new and established filmmakers of Caribbean heritage from Canada and the world over.
- CaribbeanTales Youth Film Festival (CTYFF) Celebrating Black History Month (founded in 2009)
- The CaribbeanTales Incubator (CTI) Program (since 2010) is a year-round development and production hub for Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora Producers that aims to create compelling and sustainable content for the global market.
- Year Round Community activites and screenings
- Community Engagement Screenings of the film “A Winter Tale” targeted to selected audiences, including Black and Caribbean-Canadian communities in major Canadian cities; schools, racialized, and “at risk” students.
- Film Challenges that encourage emerging filmmakers to create original content.
- Multimedia online resources that showcase multicultural, Caribbean- Canadian and Caribbean-Diaspora culture including:
- The CaribbeanTales E-newsletter (since 2003)
- CaribbeanTales-TV – a Video on Demand Platform targeting youth and educational resources.
- CaribbeanTales Blog: showcasing job opportunities, news stories and art by Caribbean-Canadians and the Diaspora
- The Literature Alive Project (funded by Canadian Heritage) a multi facetted multimedia project celebrating three generations of Caribbean Canadian literary achievement, from Austin Clarke to Dbi Young.