The CaribbeanTales Incubator Programme has selected ten promising Web/TV series for the 6th edition of its training initiative

The CaribbeanTales Incubator Program has selected ten projects from the Caribbean and its diaspora for further development during its 6th edition from 8-13 September in Toronto. The selected projects originate from various countries, ranging from Trinidad, Barbados to Jamaica and Haiti. The aim of the program is to develop content for the international film market.

Among the selected projects is 22 minute Trinidadian animation, The Wonderful World of Myat, by Omar Lewis- the Trinidad born, New York raised creator of Crab Catcher: the first Caribbean-produced video game, and illustrator of a children’s adventure and colouring book on the tales of Myat, the basis for his intended 13-part animation series selected for the CTI program.

Focusing on the days after the earthquake in Haiti is writer and director Natalie Holly’s TV drama, Boukie, which explores the encounter of several characters trying to survive in Port-au-Prince and which unites the fates of a young traumatised girl, a U.S. government official and a Christian missionary along with several other lives that are intertwined in the efforts to rebuild Haiti. Laurence Magloire will act as producer with her own production company, Fastforward, specializing in new media concepts.

Besides children’s animation and drama, the range of selected projects extends to the more comical touch of Mariette Monpierre’s web series French Girl in New York!. The 10 minute web comedy follows 22 year-old Isabel from Guadeloupe in her exchange year attending university in New York. The perception of life in metropolitan New York is about to be lived to the fullest by the young protagonist’s discovery of the city and thereby casts light on the Caribbean culture in the USA today. Montpierre has a background in producing commercials, music videos and documentaries and directed her award winning feature Elza (Le Bonheur d’Elza) in 2011.

With the first season of his TV reality series Life with the RamSinghs(consisting of 16 episodes) already in the catalogue of the CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, director Rampaul Banseelal and editor Sean Mohan return with their second season for further development. It will continue following the Ramsingh family, living in a small fishing village in South Trinidad with their son Rajesh who aspires to be a doctor. He wants to live this dream, not only for his mother, but also to win his love, Indira.

With the focus on series, other selected projects are: Abiloa (15 min. web dramedy submitted by Rommel Hall, Keren Hall and Shane Holford), Carimagination (30 min. doc series by Chevy Eugene), Plain Sight (60 min. TV crime drama by Danielle Dieffenthaller), Taximan (30 min. TV comedy by Carmen Francyk), Black Mariah (45 min. drama series by Michael Mosca) and Gippie’s Kingdom (30 min. TV comedy by Travon Patton and Tracy-Ann Perpall).

The CTI program helps the creators by offering one month of online training, followed by an intensive training week with international experts in Toronto. The participants’ efforts culminate with the pitching session, Big Pitch, during the Toronto International Film Festival (10-20 September) with a chance to present their projects to industry professionals looking for new content. Furthermore, three selected projects have the chance to receive mentorship support by the CTI Production Support Program, which aims to bring the selected project into production within 12 months of the Big Pitch. The program aids the process through creative support in the form of script development, fundraising and networking. The 2010-founded distribution company, CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD), helps to develope further platforms for Caribbean content through exhibition, marketing and distribution. The ACPCULTURES+ funded project “The 3D Distribution Project” (Digital, Domestic and Diaspora distribution) aids in establishing these ties.

To find out more about the CaribbeanTales Incubator Program click here, and keep an eye out for information on the 7th edition in 2016 and application regulations here.

August 7, 2015
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