CaribbeanTales International Film Festival 2022

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CaribbeanTales “The Big Pitch”

Toronto, On – CaribbeanTales Media Group, (CTMGfounded by filmmaker, producer & member of the Directors Branch Executive Committee of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesFrances-Anne Solomon announced this year’s “The Big Pitch” will take place on September 11th.  “The Big Pitch,” in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), runs from 9am – 11am and will be followed by CTMG’s Red Hot networking mixer (11am-12:30pm). The event takes place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Luma lounge.  

 

Nine emerging mid-career BIPOC filmmakers have been carefully selected from CaribbeanTales Black Incubator and Studio Access Project (CTBISAP) and the CineFam Limitless Incubator have been chosen to participate in “The Big Pitch” on September 11, 2022.  The highly competitive incubator programs provide opportunities to BIPOC filmmakers to acquire skill sets and training that will help ensure their success & culminates with “The Big Pitch.” This year’s chosen participants have the opportunity to pitch their projects to a group of industry leaders put together by CaribbeanTales Media Group.  The filmmakers will present their projects to top Canadian and international broadcasters and distributors for cash, mentorship, and support for their projects.

WHAT: The Big Pitch in partnership with Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

 

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This year, from June 27th to July 18th, ICFF will celebrate two major milestones; the tenth-anniversary edition of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival and the second edition of the Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival, organized in collaboration with CHIN Radio/TV.

The Festival, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will also maintain its special focus on Italian contemporary cinema through notable screenings in several major Canadian cities and virtual experiences offered nationwide through the ICFF digital platform.

Both festivals will take place at Ontario Place in Toronto and in several other cities throughout Canada, including Vaughan, and Montreal.

The ICFF Festival will be a hybrid of in-person and online events available to viewers all across Canada.

The festivals are presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in Canada, the Consulates General of Italy in Canada and the Istituti Italiani di Cultura in Canada.

TFCA Awards

TFCA Awards 2019

TORONTO – The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open – a drama directed by Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers about a friendship between two Indigenous women from different social backgrounds – has won the Toronto Film Critics Association’s 2019 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award along with its $100,000 purse.


The award is the richest annual film prize in Canada. It was presented to director Kathleen Hepburn and director/co-star Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers by author and feminist heroine Margaret Atwood, whose dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale inspired the culturally-impactful series that will soon shoot a fourth season in Toronto.

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The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open is an adventurous work shot in real time on 16mm film. It co-stars Violet Nelson as a pregnant young woman fleeing an abusive relationship and was previously named one of the top 10 Canadian movies of the year by the Toronto International Film Festival.

 
As runners-up, Antigone director Sophie Deraspe and Firecrackers director Jasmin Mozaffari each received $5,000 from Rogers Communications.

Hosted by TIFF Artistic Director and Co-Head Cameron Bailey, the ceremony took place at a gala dinner held January 9, 2020 at The Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto with a cocktail reception sponsored by Cineplex Entertainment.
 
“The title is poetic, but the story is grounded in the bone-deep reality that animates the best of Canadian film,” TFCA President Peter Howell said of The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open. “TFCA members responded to its empathy, honesty and social currency, as will anyone who views it.”
 
“It’s incredibly satisfying to see the TFCA’s critics celebrate a vital Indigenous story directed by two women working on the cutting edge of Canadian cinema,” said Rogers Vice-Chair Phil Lind. “The originality, emotional power and sheer nerve of The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open is exactly what this award is designed to encourage.” 


At the gala, actors Sarah Gadon (Alias Grace, True Detective) and Kaniehtiio Horn (Letterkenny, Mohawk) introduced messages of thanks from winners, including videos from triple winner, director Bong Joon-ho (Parasite) and Best Actor winner Adam Driver (Marriage Story), and a message from Steven Zaillian, Best Screenplay winner for The Irishman.


Traci Melchor, senior correspondent for CTV’s etalk, handed the award for Best Animated Feature to director Chris Butler for Missing Link. The stop-motion film from Portland’s Laika studios had already won a Golden Globe earlier in the week.
 
Host Bailey presented the Allan King Documentary Award to Yiqian Zhang, co-producer of American Factory, Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s film about a Chinese company that takes over a shuttered GM plant in Ohio, and the cultural clashes that followed in the workplace.
 

Actor Amanda Brugel (The Handmaid’s Tale, Kim’s Convenience) presented actor-director Deragh Campbell with the $10,000 Stella Artois Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist. Campbell has starred in Sofia Bohdanowicz’s trilogy Never Eat Alone, Veslemøy’s Song and MS Slavic 7, co-directing the latter. In 2019, she starred in Anne at 13,000 Ft., which received a jury honourable mention at the Toronto International Film Festival.
 
In its mission to recognize new voices in film criticism, the TFCA gave Victor Stiff the second annual RBC TFCA Emerging Critic Award, presented to him by Canadian comedy legend Rick Mercer. Stiff is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved critic who is an editor at thatshelf.com and intheseats.ca and a contributor to several online film outlets

As well, the TFCA gave a special citation to the Canadian independent film distributor Mongrel Media, honouring its 25 years of “making the Canadian cinematic landscape a richer, more adventurous place.” In the absence of Mongrel founder Hussain Amarshi, TFCA President Peter Howell led applause for a film distributor that “has immeasurably enriched and enlivened the Canadian film scene,” with its support for such national talents as Sarah Polley, Deepa Mehta and Jennifer Baichwal and international stars like Abbas Kiarostami, Joel and Ethan Coen, Ken Loach and Michael Haneke.
 
Richard Crouse, host of the CTV talk show Pop Life, and prominent celebrity TV-interviewer Teri Hart welcomed eminent members of the film industry, civic and cultural community on the red carpet, including Atwood, Mercer and Butler, TIFF co-head and executive director Joana Vicente, actress Nahéma Ricci (Antigone) and former TIFF COO and brand-builder Michèle Maheux, recipient of this year’s Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award. That award came with a pay-it-forward grant of $50,000 in production services to a rising filmmaker, which Maheux presented to Lina Rodriguez. Veteran filmmaker Don McKellar (Last Night, Through Black Spruce) presented the award.

The TFCA is extremely grateful to founding sponsor Rogers Communications for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award, to returning sponsors Labatt for the Stella Artois Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist, to Technicolor Creative Services for the Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award, and to Cineplex Entertainment for the Cineplex cocktail reception. The TFCA thanks Air Canada as the official airline sponsor and RBC for the Emerging Critic Award. The TFCA also thanks champagne sponsor Perrier-Jouët, The Globe and Mail, Zoomer Magazine, Chair-man Mills, TAXI Canada and welcomes new official hotel sponsor The Omni King Edward Hotel.
 
(Under the TFCA’s guidelines, contenders eligible for the awards include films released in Canada in 2019 plus films that qualify for the 2019 Oscars and have Canadian distribution scheduled by the end of February 2020.)
 
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The TFCA is affiliated with the International Federation of International Film Critics (FIPRESCI). Members have sat on juries at festivals in Cannes Toronto, Berlin, Venice, Miami, Palm Springs, Vienna, Chicago, Pusan, Moscow, San Francisco, Warsaw, Amsterdam and London, among others.

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Italian Contemporary Film Festival 2017

The 6th Annual Italian Contemporary Film Festival

The 6th annual Italian Contemporary Film Festival [ICFF] was held June 9th to19th, 2017 in the Canadian cities of Toronto, Vaughan, Hamilton, Montreal and Quebec City, during Canada’s Italian Heritage month. movies.reviewed-rated.com attended and covered events in Toronto.  According to organizers, it is among the most important Italian film festival in the world.  Its mission is to celebrate the brilliance of Italian contemporary cinema and filmmakers from all over the world.

The film festival included:  nine days and nights of cutting edge Italian film & culture, North American premieres, Italian Canadian independent films, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, actors and academics, the exciting Opening Party at Queen Richmond West – Ricarda’s and the Closing Black-tie Gala at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto which included the Awards.

The 6th Annual Italian Contemporary Film Festival

Mission:

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival’s mission is to promote awareness, appreciation, and pride in the diversity of the Italian culture.

“Festival programs are designed to boost young Italian Canadian filmmakers, actors, and producers offering a showcase for their projects. We strive to strengthen consciousness and build knowledge of Italian identity, history, and language, making Italy visible through international productions and high quality movies produced in Italy and presented at the ICFF. We encourage and support independent filmmakers who examine and explore issues related to the Italian culture.

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“The ICFF seeks to provide an open, inclusive and respectful environment for a diversity of views in our programming, in the films we present, in our audience, and in the dialogue we facilitate. We seek to build bridges to other ethnic and religious communities and expand our member base into other cultures.

“ICFF vision is to become the first and most prominent Italian Film Festival in the world.”

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Films:

“The ICFF slate is a diverse collection of new and returning voices all linked by Italian culture,” says Artistic Director Cristiano de Florentiis. “This year’s films take a creative and multicultural approach to current events and contemporary issues. We’re also excited to shine a spotlight on features and shorts by Italian Canadian filmmakers.” [www.icff.ca]

Opening Film & Party and Closing Gala:

The 6th Annual Italian Contemporary Film Festival

Opening Party:

ICFF has become known in Toronto and the GTA for its great films and the exciting Opening Parties.  The Opening Party was held at Queen Richmond West – Ricarda’s.  The Opening Party featured entertainment, an exquisite culinary experience, and an opportunity to share the passion of cinema.

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Opening Film:

The opening film was the Canadian premiere of the comedy Qualcosa di Nuovo or Something New.  It was directed by Cristina Comencini. This humorous comedy centres on Maria (Paola Cortellesi) who is spontaneous and naïve – and quite addicted to men. She meets a man who falls into her bed – he is charming, sensitive and mature; however, he is only nineteen years of age.  Hence, the laughs begin. Italian actress Paola Cortellesi was well received at the film festival and she received the ICFF 2017 Best Actress Award. Cortellesi said “I’m very humble and sincerely happy in receiving so much love by all Canadians and by the Italian community in this beautiful Country”.

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Closing Gala:

The Closing Gala at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto, a black-tie soirée featured a sit down dinner, after party and stars walking the Red Carpet. The Awards were presented at the Closing Gala.  There was also an after party where the stars and the VIPs mingled.

The Awards:

Italian actress Paola Cortellesi received the ICFF 2017 Best Actress Award, while her movies “Something new” and “Mum or Dad?” were shown to appreciative audiences.

Comic and dramatic actor, Leo Gullotta won the prestigious ICFF 2017 Excellence Award – his latest movie “It’s the Law” was shown during the festival.

Films Well Received:

“We are extremely pleased that our films were so well received,” said Cristiano de Florentiis, artistic director ICFF. “With an average 4/5 rating from guests, Italian contemporary film has resonated with Canadians.”

Hollywood actor Danny Aiello joined Toronto born actor and director Frank D’Angelo, along with Giancarlo Giannini and Franco Nero for the world premiere of The Neighborhood.

ICFF 2018

The 6th annual Italian Contemporary Film Festival [ICFF] was hugely successful in celebrating the brilliance of Italian contemporary cinema and filmmakers from all over the world! Check back here for details about next year’s festival.

CaribbeanTales International Film Festival 2016

CaribbeanTales International Film Festival

CARIBBEANTALES ANNOUNCES 2015 WINNERS

Celebrating the 11th Anniversary: CaribbeanTales International Film Festival

Acknowledges 2016 Award Winners CaribbeanTales International Film Festival
Hosted by: Frances Anne Solomon Filmmaker/Founder, CaribbeanTales, Executive Director CaribbeanTales International Film Festival, CaribbeanTales Incubator Program, Chief Executive Officer, CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, CaribbeanTales-TV, CaribbeanTalesFlix

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Best Feature:
Diary of a Badman
Diemiruaya Deniran, Jamaica/USA, 2016, 107 minutes, Canadian Premiere

Best Documentary:
Si Bondye Vle Yuli (God Wiling, Yuli)
Jean Jean, Dominican Republic, 2015, 70 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles, Canadian Premiere

Caribbean Spirit Feature:
Battledream Chronicle
Alain Bidard, Martinique, 2015, 109 minutes, French with English subtitles, Toronto Premiere

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Best Actor/Actress:
Jacinth Sutphin as Simone Williams in Diary of a Badman
Diemiruaya Deniran, Jamaica/USA, 2016, 107 minutes, Canadian Premiere

Best Short:
Ti Coq
Nadia Charlery, Martinique, 2015, Montreal; 22 minutes, French with English Subtitles

Caribbean Spirit Short:
Dreams in Transit
Karen Martinez, TnT/UK, 2015, 30 minutes, English

CARIBBEANTALES ANNOUNCES 2015 WINNERS

Best Canadian Presentation:
50 Years of Black Activism
Canada 2015, English, Canadian Premiere, 50 minutes
Presented by The Akua Benjamin Legacy Project and Ryerson University
Executive Producer – Alison Duke
Book of Love: The Legacy of Gwen and Lenny Johnson of Third World Books and Crafts, dir by Sarah Michelle Brown
Charley: The Legacy of Charles Roach, dir. by Laurie Townshend
Dudley Speaks for Me: the legacy of Dudley Laws, dir. by Ngardy Conteh George
Where is Marlene Green, dir. by Ella Cooper
Rosie: The Fearless Rebel: The legacy of Rosie Douglas, dir. Sonia Godding Togobo

CARIBBEANTALES ANNOUNCES 2015 WINNERS

2016 CaribbeanTales Incubator Program
Presented by Flow and Co-sponsored by Telefilm Canada and Ontario Media Development Corporation

The 7th Annual CaribbeanTales Market Incubator (CTI) is a development and production hub for Caribbean and Diaspora producers, whose aim is to increase the volume of compelling world-class content from the Caribbean region. Flow is the lead sponsor of the CTI, as part of its commitment to developing the regional industry. And, for the first time, three winning projects will receive pilot funding from Flow.

CARIBBEANTALES ANNOUNCES 2015 WINNERS

CTi Incubator Jury 1st Prize
Alain Bidard, Martinique
Battledream Chronicles is an animated science fiction fantasy series adapted from his feature film of the same name. Battledream — the first – feature-length animation from the Francophone Caribbean

CTi Incubator Jury 2nd Prize
Kafi Kareem Farrell, Trinidad and Tobago
Screenwriter and multi-platform media producer Farrell for Big Man Dan, an off-beat animation series.

CARIBBEANTALES ANNOUNCES 2015 WINNERS

CTi Incubator Jury 3rd Prize
Juliette McCawley, Trinidad and Tobago (sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company)
From actress, director and producer McCawley, Bitter Fruit, is a gripping telenovela full of intrigue and betrayal.

Blockchain Revolution Audience Choice Award*
Alain Bidard

CARIBBEANTALES ANNOUNCES 2015 WINNERS

CARIBBEANTALES ANNOUNCES 2015 WINNERS

Reel Asian International Film Festival Toronto

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