CineFAM – a Haitian Créole word meaningfilms by women”

CineFAM is an initiative to support bold original film stories by women of color creators.

2018 CINEFAM WOMEN CREATORS OF COLOUR NETWORKING

WED 13 SEPT, 2018 6PM-11PM

The opening networking reception to CineFAM Women Creators of Colour 1-Day Film Festival will be hosted by CaribbeanTales, in partnership with Durban Film Market, WIFT (Women in Film and Television), Film Fatales, This is Worldtown, and Telefilm.

The theme of the night is Building Bridges: From Canada to South Africa and will be held in two blocks of screenings for the 7 selected films.

Screenings will be held at the Revue Cinema, starting at 6:00PM for the first block of films. The second screening will begin at 9:00PM.

Buy Tickets

SCREENINGS:

UNFINISHED SENTENCES | Canadian Premiere

Mariel Brown | Feature | 95 mins | Trinidad & Tobago | 2018 | English |PG

A filmmaker daughter and her writer father navigate the conflicting issues of their relationship: race and art, adoration and disappointment, success and failure. Until he dies and in her grief, she discovers that his poetry and prose transcend death, allowing her to hear his voice again and find a way back to herself.

The Haircut

Maya Annik Bedvard | short film | 11 mins | Canada | 2017 |  English

Marvin came to Canada from Jamaica in the early 1950s. With no Black barbers in his new neighbourhood, he endured many painful haircuts as a child. At 65, he still hates to get his haircut.

A funny and refreshing take on the classic immigrant story, The Haircut is an exploration of assimilation and resistance through the portrait of one man’s refusal to cut his hair.

Sin Ayo

Elizabeth Francisco | short film | 12 mins | Curaçao | 2018 |  English

We are immediately drawn to the humming of a young girl. We see her uncovering the past through old memorabilia belonging to our protagonist Flor Marie. This work of fiction takes us on a reflective journey around the true events on the morning of November 6th of 1967 in Curacao.

 

Deep End | Canadian Premiere

Eubulus Timothy | Feature | 90 mins | South Africa | 2018 | PG

Sunitha Patel has lived her ‘daddy’s’ dream all her life and now wants to find her own way in the world, even if it means making waves in her society. Through her desire to become a surfer, she gets into conflict with her father who has different visions for her future. But by finding herself on her surfboard, she finds love and even herself.

Paladin

Lu Asfasha | Short Film | 5 mins | Canada | 2018

SHORT FILM – CONTEST WINNER!

While reading comic books on the roof of her apartment building, a young woman’s psychosis causes visions of herself as the valiant superhero Paladin, saving citizens from the evil Iblis, who seeks to steal their fate, and ultimately their freedom. At great personal risk, she charges headfirst into battle, hoping to emerge victorious.

Dreams Untold

Jamie Whitecrow | Short Film | 5 mins | Canada | 2018

SHORT FILM – CONTEST WINNER!

Upon returning from a long trip, a young woman hopes to recover after leaving an abusive relationship, but as she lays down to rest, her dreams urge her to confront her deepest horror. Mare is a sleep paralysis demon that is as old as sleep, theorized to haunt individuals who’ve experienced traumatic events. As Mare comes to her bedside, she must choose save herself or to be eaten by fear.

 

  • Nicole Brooks
  • Sharon Lewis
  • Mariette Monpierre
  • Mary Wells
  • Mandisa Pantin
  • Lisa Wickham
  • Lana Lovell
  • Asha Lovelace
  • Candace Lela-Rolingson
  • Charysse Harper
  • Dawn Wilkinson
  • Ella Cooper
  • Elspeth Duncan
  • Judy Singh
  • Lisa Valencia Svenson
  • Laurence Magloire
  • Mariel Brown
  • Frances-Anne Solomon
  • Mathurine Emmanuel
  • Nina Vilus
  • Judith Faloon Reid
  • Gbassa D’acosta
  • Renee Pollonais
  • Penny Hynam
  • Rachele Magloire
  • Rasheida Adrianus
  • Ruby Robinson
  • Sharon Syriac
  • Shirley Bruno
  • Alison Saunders
  • Alanna Lockward
  • Susanne Kirlew
  • Juliette Storr
  • Annalee Davis

2017 CINEFAM WOMEN CREATORS OF COLOUR NETWORKING

WED 20 SEPT, 2017 5PM-7PM

The opening networking reception to CineFAM Women Creators of Colour 1-Day Film Festival was hosted by CaribbeanTales, in partnership with Film Fatales, BlackWomenFilm! Canada, Trinity Square Video, and Telefilm.

On Sept 20th at Capitol Trattoria, CaribbeanTales celebrated the contributions women of colour filmmakers are making to the Toronto film scene. The reception was an opportunity to network with other women creators of color.

The event included a reception from 5-6pm, followed by a screening of Viviana Gómez Echeverry’s feature film ‘Keyla’ and  Caroline Jules’ feature film ‘Torments of Love‘ at The Royal Cinema.

A panel discussion and a talkback took place after the screenings.

SCREENINGS:

KEYLA | Canadian Premiere

Viviana Gómez Echeverry | Feature | 90 mins | Colombia | 2017 | English |PG

A young Colombian woman living on an island is searching for her father who is lost at sea; when her estranged family comes to help, she must confront their dark past and this new family she never expected to embrace.

CaribbeanGrlNYC | World Premiere

Mariette Monpierre | TV Series | 24 mins | Guadeloupe/France | 2017 | ENG

A half-hour comedy pilot about four women from different Caribbean islands trying to make it in NYC.

Panel Discussion and Talkback hosted by Chloe Sosa Sims from Film Fatales Toronto

Torments Of Love | Canadian Premiere

Caroline Jules | Feature | 54 mins | Paris/Guadeloupe | 2016 | PG

Torments of love” wants to highlight childhood injuries and repercussions in adulthood. How they can love each other without being able to say it. How two sisters can be interconnected in their contradictions and paradoxes…

Root Up

Katia Cafe-Febrissy | Documentary | 28 mins | 2017 | Guadeloupe/France | 2017 | French & Creole with English Subtitles | PG 13 | HD

The story of a land, a woman and the struggle to save her legacy.

Panel Discussion and Talkback hosted by Laurie Townshend from Black Women Film

CINEFAM PANEL DISCUSSION AND Q&A

October 6, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Ontario Black History Society Leaders of Tomorrow Conference

Location: William Doo Auditorium – New College, University of Toronto
Included: Panel presentations, Q&A, light breakfast and lunch and UofT Campus tour

Ontario Black History Society Leaders of Tomorrow Conference

Location: William Doo Auditorium – New College, University of Toronto
Included: Panel presentations, Q&A, light breakfast and lunch and UofT Campus tour

This program is offered to over 200 Ontario Secondary School students.

CineFAM led a 5 hour (including lunch break and tour of UofT campus) program, and were pleased to present a panel discussion that included CineFAM Coordinator and filmmaker Maya Bastien, with filmmakers Elizabeth Mudenyo, Toni Clarke.

The panel discussion included a talkback with the high school students.

Afterwards, the CineFAM filmmakers led breakout groups with the students where they were able to offer one on one mentoring and advice to aspiring media artists.

Leaders of Tomorrow (LoT) provides an intensive, engaging series of informative talks on a range of subjects connected to youth and the Black experience.

The 2017 edition ‘Women Leaders of tomorrow’ featured young, emerging women creators of color who had participated in the CineFAM program who shared their path to success. Students felt inspired, expanded their network, asked questions related to their post-secondary education path and much more.

MASTERCLASS W/ DAVID PLANT

August 17th, 2017

For Women of Color Creators in Film

The 2nd CineFAM Workshop, a Master Class and Pre-production Check-in with TSV’s David Plant.

Teams will bring their Key Creatives to the meeting. That is: Directors of photography, Editors, and Designers (if you have one).

Pre-production processes will be reviewed and personally addressed by David Plant, to address any concerns related to the creative, technical or logistic processes of production.

Script Breakdowns – Scheduling –  Budgeting – Art Department –  Locations – Cast – Crew – Equipment – Post-Production

LUNCH W/ DAN LYON

August 25th, 2017

Telefilm Feature Film Executive for Ontario and Nunavut

CineFAM filmmakers Elizabeth Mudenyo, Toni Francis and Fiona Clarke were invited to with Telefilm Feature Film Executive Dan Lyon to discuss their projects and get professional feedback to their projects.

2016 GIRLS NIGHT OUT WORKSHOP

AUG 22, 2016

A networking mixer, for women film directors and creators working across all genres, of all races, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations, cisgendered and non-cisgendered females, and all socio-economic backgrounds.

CineFAM is an initiative open to women of color creators, and that supports bold original film stories from around the globe. CineFAM is a network for connection, exchange and change. “Cinefam” is a Haitian creole word meaning “films by women”.

Now in its 3rd year, CaribbeanTales CineFAM Short Film Challenge was created to support bold, original film stories by women-of-colour creators. In partnership with Trinity Square Video, Telefilm Canada and Urban Post Production, two teams will be chosen to receive support to complete a 5-minute short film.

The two chosen teams will receive production support and in-kind funding up to $1500 through Trinity Square Video and CaribbeanTales as well as post-production support and mentorship through Urban Post Production.

The completed films will have their world premiere at CaribbeanTales International Film Festival 2018, and receive distribution through CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution.

Intersecting

Fiona Clarke, Elizabeth Medunyo | 5 mins | Canada | 2017

Intersecting is a comedy about two social media personalities who are matches on Facegram, an interactive dating app which lets followers vote in real time on the progress and aesthetic of the relationship.

Somebody’s Sun

Toni Francis | 5 mins | Canada | 2017

Two families torn apart in the wake of the violent death of a young teen. One mother, Jennifer, grieves for the son she has lost, and the other, Sandra helps to comfort her while the search for the murderer continues.

The Walk

Flavia Motsisi |  South Africa | 2017

“The Walk” is a short film that follows a woman’s trip to catch a taxi home after work. For most women, the fear of catching a taxi starts even before boarding the vehicle…

Do You Remember Me is based on an original poem written by Aida DeWitt and was created and produced by Yazmin Ali-Tascatan and directed by Bailey Cornealand stars Rebecca Amare and Gabe Grey .

A Burmese 81-year-old retired prima-ballerina shows her Care Worker a new path to joy and passion through dance. Produced by Light The Girl Productions, directed by Sharon Lewis. Starring: Ordena Stephens (Da Kink in My Hair).

2018 Event

2018 CINEFAM WOMEN CREATORS OF COLOUR NETWORKING

WED 13 SEPT, 2018 6PM-11PM

The opening networking reception to CineFAM Women Creators of Colour 1-Day Film Festival will be hosted by CaribbeanTales, in partnership with Durban Film Market, WIFT (Women in Film and Television), Film Fatales, This is Worldtown, and Telefilm.

The theme of the night is Building Bridges: From Canada to South Africa and will be held in two blocks of screenings for the 7 selected films.

Screenings will be held at the Revue Cinema, starting at 6:00PM for the first block of films. The second screening will begin at 9:00PM.

Buy Tickets

SCREENINGS:

UNFINISHED SENTENCES | Canadian Premiere

Mariel Brown | Feature | 95 mins | Trinidad & Tobago | 2018 | English |PG

A filmmaker daughter and her writer father navigate the conflicting issues of their relationship: race and art, adoration and disappointment, success and failure. Until he dies and in her grief, she discovers that his poetry and prose transcend death, allowing her to hear his voice again and find a way back to herself.

The Haircut

Maya Annik Bedvard | short film | 11 mins | Canada | 2017 |  English

Marvin came to Canada from Jamaica in the early 1950s. With no Black barbers in his new neighbourhood, he endured many painful haircuts as a child. At 65, he still hates to get his haircut.

A funny and refreshing take on the classic immigrant story, The Haircut is an exploration of assimilation and resistance through the portrait of one man’s refusal to cut his hair.

Sin Ayo

Elizabeth Francisco | short film | 12 mins | Curaçao | 2018 |  English

We are immediately drawn to the humming of a young girl. We see her uncovering the past through old memorabilia belonging to our protagonist Flor Marie. This work of fiction takes us on a reflective journey around the true events on the morning of November 6th of 1967 in Curacao.

 

Deep End | Canadian Premiere

Eubulus Timothy | Feature | 90 mins | South Africa | 2018 | PG

Sunitha Patel has lived her ‘daddy’s’ dream all her life and now wants to find her own way in the world, even if it means making waves in her society. Through her desire to become a surfer, she gets into conflict with her father who has different visions for her future. But by finding herself on her surfboard, she finds love and even herself.

Paladin

Lu Asfasha | Short Film | 5 mins | Canada | 2018

SHORT FILM – CONTEST WINNER!

While reading comic books on the roof of her apartment building, a young woman’s psychosis causes visions of herself as the valiant superhero Paladin, saving citizens from the evil Iblis, who seeks to steal their fate, and ultimately their freedom. At great personal risk, she charges headfirst into battle, hoping to emerge victorious.

Dreams Untold

Jamie Whitecrow | Short Film | 5 mins | Canada | 2018

SHORT FILM – CONTEST WINNER!

Upon returning from a long trip, a young woman hopes to recover after leaving an abusive relationship, but as she lays down to rest, her dreams urge her to confront her deepest horror. Mare is a sleep paralysis demon that is as old as sleep, theorized to haunt individuals who’ve experienced traumatic events. As Mare comes to her bedside, she must choose save herself or to be eaten by fear.

 

2018 Women's Month
  • Nicole Brooks
  • Sharon Lewis
  • Mariette Monpierre
  • Mary Wells
  • Mandisa Pantin
  • Lisa Wickham
  • Lana Lovell
  • Asha Lovelace
  • Candace Lela-Rolingson
  • Charysse Harper
  • Dawn Wilkinson
  • Ella Cooper
  • Elspeth Duncan
  • Judy Singh
  • Lisa Valencia Svenson
  • Laurence Magloire
  • Mariel Brown
  • Frances-Anne Solomon
  • Mathurine Emmanuel
  • Nina Vilus
  • Judith Faloon Reid
  • Gbassa D’acosta
  • Renee Pollonais
  • Penny Hynam
  • Rachele Magloire
  • Rasheida Adrianus
  • Ruby Robinson
  • Sharon Syriac
  • Shirley Bruno
  • Alison Saunders
  • Alanna Lockward
  • Susanne Kirlew
  • Juliette Storr
  • Annalee Davis
2017 Event

2017 CINEFAM WOMEN CREATORS OF COLOUR NETWORKING

WED 20 SEPT, 2017 5PM-7PM

The opening networking reception to CineFAM Women Creators of Colour 1-Day Film Festival was hosted by CaribbeanTales, in partnership with Film Fatales, BlackWomenFilm! Canada, Trinity Square Video, and Telefilm.

On Sept 20th at Capitol Trattoria, CaribbeanTales celebrated the contributions women of colour filmmakers are making to the Toronto film scene. The reception was an opportunity to network with other women creators of color.

The event included a reception from 5-6pm, followed by a screening of Viviana Gómez Echeverry’s feature film ‘Keyla’ and  Caroline Jules’ feature film ‘Torments of Love‘ at The Royal Cinema.

A panel discussion and a talkback took place after the screenings.

SCREENINGS:

KEYLA | Canadian Premiere

Viviana Gómez Echeverry | Feature | 90 mins | Colombia | 2017 | English |PG

A young Colombian woman living on an island is searching for her father who is lost at sea; when her estranged family comes to help, she must confront their dark past and this new family she never expected to embrace.

CaribbeanGrlNYC | World Premiere

Mariette Monpierre | TV Series | 24 mins | Guadeloupe/France | 2017 | ENG

A half-hour comedy pilot about four women from different Caribbean islands trying to make it in NYC.

Panel Discussion and Talkback hosted by Chloe Sosa Sims from Film Fatales Toronto

Torments Of Love | Canadian Premiere

Caroline Jules | Feature | 54 mins | Paris/Guadeloupe | 2016 | PG

Torments of love” wants to highlight childhood injuries and repercussions in adulthood. How they can love each other without being able to say it. How two sisters can be interconnected in their contradictions and paradoxes…

Root Up

Katia Cafe-Febrissy | Documentary | 28 mins | 2017 | Guadeloupe/France | 2017 | French & Creole with English Subtitles | PG 13 | HD

The story of a land, a woman and the struggle to save her legacy.

Panel Discussion and Talkback hosted by Laurie Townshend from Black Women Film

CINEFAM PANEL DISCUSSION AND Q&A

October 6, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Ontario Black History Society Leaders of Tomorrow Conference

Location: William Doo Auditorium – New College, University of Toronto
Included: Panel presentations, Q&A, light breakfast and lunch and UofT Campus tour

Ontario Black History Society Leaders of Tomorrow Conference

Location: William Doo Auditorium – New College, University of Toronto
Included: Panel presentations, Q&A, light breakfast and lunch and UofT Campus tour

This program is offered to over 200 Ontario Secondary School students.

CineFAM led a 5 hour (including lunch break and tour of UofT campus) program, and were pleased to present a panel discussion that included CineFAM Coordinator and filmmaker Maya Bastien, with filmmakers Elizabeth Mudenyo, Toni Clarke.

The panel discussion included a talkback with the high school students.

Afterwards, the CineFAM filmmakers led breakout groups with the students where they were able to offer one on one mentoring and advice to aspiring media artists.

Leaders of Tomorrow (LoT) provides an intensive, engaging series of informative talks on a range of subjects connected to youth and the Black experience.

The 2017 edition ‘Women Leaders of tomorrow’ featured young, emerging women creators of color who had participated in the CineFAM program who shared their path to success. Students felt inspired, expanded their network, asked questions related to their post-secondary education path and much more.

MASTERCLASS W/ DAVID PLANT

August 17th, 2017

For Women of Color Creators in Film

The 2nd CineFAM Workshop, a Master Class and Pre-production Check-in with TSV’s David Plant.

Teams will bring their Key Creatives to the meeting. That is: Directors of photography, Editors, and Designers (if you have one).

Pre-production processes will be reviewed and personally addressed by David Plant, to address any concerns related to the creative, technical or logistic processes of production.

Script Breakdowns – Scheduling –  Budgeting – Art Department –  Locations – Cast – Crew – Equipment – Post-Production

LUNCH W/ DAN LYON

August 25th, 2017

Telefilm Feature Film Executive for Ontario and Nunavut

CineFAM filmmakers Elizabeth Mudenyo, Toni Francis and Fiona Clarke were invited to with Telefilm Feature Film Executive Dan Lyon to discuss their projects and get professional feedback to their projects.

2016 Event

2016 GIRLS NIGHT OUT WORKSHOP

AUG 22, 2016

A networking mixer, for women film directors and creators working across all genres, of all races, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations, cisgendered and non-cisgendered females, and all socio-economic backgrounds.

CineFAM is an initiative open to women of color creators, and that supports bold original film stories from around the globe. CineFAM is a network for connection, exchange and change. “Cinefam” is a Haitian creole word meaning “films by women”.

Short Film Challenge

Now in its 3rd year, CaribbeanTales CineFAM Short Film Challenge was created to support bold, original film stories by women-of-colour creators. In partnership with Trinity Square Video, Telefilm Canada and Urban Post Production, two teams will be chosen to receive support to complete a 5-minute short film.

The two chosen teams will receive production support and in-kind funding up to $1500 through Trinity Square Video and CaribbeanTales as well as post-production support and mentorship through Urban Post Production.

The completed films will have their world premiere at CaribbeanTales International Film Festival 2018, and receive distribution through CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution.

Intersecting

Fiona Clarke, Elizabeth Medunyo | 5 mins | Canada | 2017

Intersecting is a comedy about two social media personalities who are matches on Facegram, an interactive dating app which lets followers vote in real time on the progress and aesthetic of the relationship.

Somebody’s Sun

Toni Francis | 5 mins | Canada | 2017

Two families torn apart in the wake of the violent death of a young teen. One mother, Jennifer, grieves for the son she has lost, and the other, Sandra helps to comfort her while the search for the murderer continues.

The Walk

Flavia Motsisi |  South Africa | 2017

“The Walk” is a short film that follows a woman’s trip to catch a taxi home after work. For most women, the fear of catching a taxi starts even before boarding the vehicle…

Do You Remember Me is based on an original poem written by Aida DeWitt and was created and produced by Yazmin Ali-Tascatan and directed by Bailey Cornealand stars Rebecca Amare and Gabe Grey .

A Burmese 81-year-old retired prima-ballerina shows her Care Worker a new path to joy and passion through dance. Produced by Light The Girl Productions, directed by Sharon Lewis. Starring: Ordena Stephens (Da Kink in My Hair).

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