CaribbeanTales and Durban FilmMart Join Forces to Support African Women Filmmakers
CaribbeanTales and the Durban FilmMart present CineFAM Africa, an accelerator program for African women filmmakers.
CaribbeanTales Media Group (CTMG) and the Durban FilmMart (DFM) today announce a new partnership to support the development of original serialized television content created by women from Africa and the African Diaspora.
CineFAM is an initiative of CaribbeanTales to support bold original films by women of colour worldwide. “Cinefam” in the HaitianCreole language means “films by women”. This Accelerator aims to build capacity and creative leadership among women of colour who are underrepresented in leadership roles.
“We are absolutely thrilled to embark on this new partnership with CaribbeanTales. The Accelerator Incubator Program will provide an exciting new platform to support the development of women led audiovisual content in Africa, and promote more representational narratives. Through this partnership, we hope to build a bridge between the two organisations that will raise the voices of African women filmmakers,” said Toni Monty, Head of Durban Film Office and DFM the coproduction and finance market, which is a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), South Africa.
“CaribbeanTales was founded and run by women of color from the Caribbean and African Diaspora so this initiative is close to our hearts. This partnership provides an unprecedented platform and opportunities for South African, African and African Diaspora women film producers,” says CaribbeanTales CEO Frances Anne Solomon. “Africa is a natural partner for us in the Caribbean and we couldn’t be more pleased to be building a relationship with DFM to bring our Incubator Accelerator program to Africa!”
CineFAM Africa, which will be led by CaribbeanTales VicePresident Nicole Brooks, is a two day program that will take place during the Durban FilmMart July 14 to 17, 2017.
For this first edition of CineFAM Africa, South African women producers and African women producers living in South Africa are invited to submit their film projects of original serialized television content for consideration. A total of five projects will be selected, and entered into the program to be held at DFM exposing participants to CaribbeanTales’ accelerator unique process including a great overview and guide on how to create the basis of story, marketing, pitching and financing.
The accelerator will culminate in a MiniPitch. The winner will qualify to participate in the renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator (CTI), in Toronto, Canada. CTI is a year round development and production hub for Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora Producers that aims to create strong, compelling and sustainable content for the global market.
The CTI’s goal will increase the pool of worldclass indigenous film and television content and build the Region’s audiovisual capacity.
Submissions are now open. To submit a project visit: www.caribbeantalesincubator.com.
Submissions close on 16 June 2017.
This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton