The Caribbean Tales International Film Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary with films from Trinidad and Tobago. The docu-drama “Pan! Our Music Odyssey” will open the Festival

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The Caribbean Tales International Film Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary with films from Trinidad and Tobago. The docu-drama “Pan! Our Music Odyssey” will open the Film Festival

On 9 September the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival (CTFF) will open its 10th edition celebrating Caribbean-Canadian culture in Toronto with the Opening Night Gala. The festival will present numerous productions with Caribbean heritage and runs alongside the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) taking place from 10-20 September.  The aim of CTFF and the 2001 founded charity CaribbeanTales is to foster intercultural exchange. In 2014, the CRFF got a support from the ACPCultures+ Programme to develop the “3D” project, an ambitious initiative for the development of audio-visual products distribution in the Caribbean. In particular, it includes the acquisition of international distribution rights for more than 400 films, the creation of a digital platform for Video on Demand (VOD), broadcasting films on television channels.

For its 10th anniversary the CTFF will showcase 16 feature-length films and 30 short films.

Hitting it of this year, will be the docu-drama “Pan! Our Music Odyssey” (2014) by Jerome Guiot and Thierry Teston, a film on the history of the steelpan in Trinidad and Tobago.

By re-enacting the birth of the steelpan from its roots in 1820 to the first Panorama steelpan competition held in Trinidad and Tobago in 1963 the documentary turns its eye on the highly passionate participants competing in the 50th Panorama contest in 2013. Following the struggle of the characters of all age groups, backgrounds and nations to get into the grand finals of the “Olympics of music,” the documentary goes back to the emerging of the steelpan with its background in violence and poverty to eventually becoming Trinidad and Tobago’s national instrument.

The film had its avant-premiere at La Rochelles’ Sunny Side of the Doc and is a trans-media project with a second episode being planned with financial support of ACPCULTURES+. The new 52-minute documentary will be called "Re-percussions" and will be directed by Kim Johnson.

poster of the documentary Re-percussions by Kim Johnson

In the context of the Opening Gala of CTFF the film is accompanied by Kav Ove’s mystery short film Dubois (2014), equally a Trinidad and Tobago production revolving around a woman returning to Trinidad and her encounter with the wandering and somehow possessed man Dubois. 

The Caribbean Tales International Film Festival’s opening with the Gala and a reception take its course from 9 – 19 September with the focus of films ranging from Caribbean Sci-Fi to Art Connections, Queer Caribbean and many more. Parallel, another project run by CaribbeanTales, the CaribbeanTales Incubator training program to aid filmmakers with further developing their film projects comes to its end with a last workshop and the highly anticipated Big Pitch. The Big Pitch, in association with TIFF and co-sponsored by Telefilm Canada is a chance to pitch these projects to professionals of the entertainment industry looking for new content. 

Giving a taste of what to expect from the festival, a pre-festival community screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989) will be shown on 19 August in co-operation with the Regent Park Film Festival.

For further information on the documentary "Pan! Our Music Odyssey" click here or check out the whole programme of the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival here.

August 5, 2015
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