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CaribbeanTales 2012 at Harbourfront Centre
(Sept. 4-15)
Toronto film showcase and Incubator


TORONTO, ON (Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012) – The creativity of Canadian and Caribbean Diaspora filmmakers will once again be the focus of the 7th Annual CaribbeanTales Film Showcase that will take place at Harbourfront Centre, from Sept. 4 –15, 2012.

The Caribbean diasporas most dynamic film production, distribution and festival group --- has bases and events in Toronto, Barbados and New York, and partnerships across the region and the globe --- recently announced the line-up for its 2012 Toronto showcase and hugely successful Incubator Program, as well as workshops and events targeted at family, youth and industry.

At the media conference on Monday, July 23, CEO Frances-Anne Solomon also gave an overview of the company’s progress, and introduced the festival’s new steering group, and its main sponsors.

Among the highlights announced is CaribbeanTales-TV, a Netflix-style portal currently in development, due to be launched in 2013. The project is a partnership with European film platform ONLINEFILM.ORG.

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com/summer or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE SUMMER FESTIVALS
Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, not-for-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront. Our summer festival season runs from Victoria Day weekend through Thanksgiving weekend, and features over 20 festivals and events that offer The World in One Place. For more information visit harbourfrontcentre.com/summer

ABOUT CARIBBEANTALES
CaribbeanTales is a group of companies that produces, markets and exhibits Caribbean-themed films for regional and international distribution, including: CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, that links producers and buyers of quality entertainment; the CaribbeanTales Film Festival Group that produces annual events in Toronto, Barbados and New York; the Caribbean Incubator Program for Audio Visual Entrepreneurs that delivers training for filmmakers, and CaribbeanTales.ca, a Toronto-based non profit, that promotes citizen participation through the medium of film, contributing to an inclusive Canadian society.


Coming in 2013:
CARIBBEANTALES-TV, a Netflix-style portal to sell Caribbean film content online.

The CaribbeanTales Toronto Showcase and Incubator is co-produced with Harbourfront Center Sept. 4-15, 2012. The 2012 steering group is comprised of filmmakers Frances-Anne Solomon and Mary Wells, Courtney Panchan - Festival Co-ordinator, Malinda Francis - Incubator Co-ordinator, Michael Miller - Youth Film Challenge Co-ordinator, poet and playwright Motion, and television personality Farley Flex.


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For more media information contact:

CaribbeanTales: Roger Dundas, 404 Media Group, 416.918.9095, info@404mg.com

Harbourfront Centre: Althea Linton, 416-973-4428 alinton@harbourfrontcentre.com
Follow me on Twitter @misslinton

For high-resolution images and additional media resources, visit our summer media page: harbourfrontcentre.com/summer/media Follow us on Twitter: @harbourfrontTO


CaribbeanTales Event Listings


GALA LAUNCH
Wednesday, Sept. at 6 p.m.
CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD) will host a high profile Launch Party that will serve as a tourism destination branding opportunity for islands, as well as a showcase for the developing film industry. The opening night film is the fantastic music documentary The Story of Lover’s Rock by Barbadian/British filmmaker, Menelik Shabazz. Sponsored by the Toronto Consulate General for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

FILM SHOWCASE
Sept. 5, 10, 12, 14 – 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Sept. 15 – 3 p.m. -- 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Screenings and presentations that engage family, youth and community in an appreciation of films from French Guyana, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Britain, the U.S. and all corners of the Caribbean region and diaspora. This year’s special focus is a spotlight on African-American independent filmmaking with a shorts showcase of the best Caribbean films under 10mins. The centrepiece film is the award-winning feature Love Child by Leticia Tonos from Domincan Republic. The closing feature is Orpailleur, an action thriller from French Guyana by Marc Barrat.
See website CaribbeanTales-events.com for more details.

MARKET INCUBATOR
Sept. 4– 9
The Market Incubator is an intensive three-day workshop where selected producers have an opportunity to hone their business plans and film/television pitches with one-on-one support and group interventions led by international consultants. The Market Incubator will also include a pitching breakfast. Throughout the week, CTWD will also host a number of intimate events that will include many opportunities to network informally and have private one-on-one meetings with international buyers and funders attending the Toronto International Film Festival.

PARTICIPATE IN TIFF
CTWD participants will benefit from special discounted rates for TIFF passes. TIFF and CaribbeanTales representatives will be on hand to help filmmakers navigate the festival.

48HR YOUTH FILM CHALLENGE
The 48HR Youth Film Challenge is a workshop for youth where they have the opportunity to create, complete and present a film within 48 hours. See website CaribbeanTales-events.com for more details.


Season-Long Events at Harbourfront Centre

Uncharted Waters: Toronto’s Enigmatic Harbour presented with the assistance of the Toronto Port Authority (June 2012-June 2013)
An outdoor, large-scale photo exhibition of the harbour’s people, places, industries, vessels and ecosystems which uncovers the true value of one of Canada’s largest inland ports.

Summer Music in the Garden presented by TD Bank Group (Most Thursdays, 7 p.m. & Sundays, 4 p.m., July-Sept.)
Free performances of classical and traditional music from around the world as Summer Music in the Garden enters its 13th season. Concerts and tours take place in the Toronto Music Garden weather permitting; contact our info desk at 416-973-4000 for updates.

Dancing on the Pier (Thursdays, June 28-Aug. 30, 7-9 p.m.)
Join the Dancing on the Pier house band for social interaction and learning that explores global dance trends. Hosted by Martin Samuels.

Free Flicks (Wednesdays, July 4-Aug. 29, approx 9 p.m.)
From classic film to cult comedy, we explore the journey of the underdog from zero to hero on the big screen, under the stars. Hosted by Norm Wilner.

International Marketplace (Weekends, June 2-Sept. 3)
Shop the world every weekend, all summer long – from Indonesian textiles and Indigenous crafts to African artefacts, South American jewellery and far beyond.

World Café (Weekends, May 19-Sept. 3)
Our newly renovated World Café features a rotating selection of the best international cuisine at affordable prices.

Harbourfront Centre Street Stage, (Weekends from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.)
Come and see some of the best street performers this city has to offer!

Canoe Rides and Paddle Boats on the Natrel® Pond (Weekends, May-Oct.)
Take a break and enjoy a fun float beside our picturesque boardwalk. Cost: Canoe rides are $4 per person, paddle boats are $5 per person, including life jacket rental and a 15-minute ride.

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