CineFAM is a Haitian Creole word meaning
“films by women”.

Founded by filmmaker and producer Frances-Anne Solomon, CineFam is registered as a not-for-profit company in Canada.

Our mandate is to support bold, original film stories by Women and non-binary creators of colour around the globe.

Since 2016, our annual activities include: a 1-day film festival; a short film challenge for emerging filmmakers; and a partnership with the Durban Filmmart to develop South African/Canadian co-productions led by African women. In 2019, CineFAM launched its first Feature Film Incubator for Canadian women of colour directors.

Annual CineFAM Film Festival

CineFAM annual mixer and networking event plus mini-film festival! Every year, women of colour in film gather to share stories, enjoy camaraderie and to support each other’s work. CineFAM will be bringing you the best from women of colour creators both in Canada and from around the world.

CineFAM’s mandate is to foster gender equality by reducing systemic discrimination against women of colour in media through supporting the creation and distribution of works by women of colour in Canada’s film industry.

CineFAM exists to enhance the visibility of women of colour, strengthen their networks, and facilitate access to the resources of the larger film industry.

Limitless
Internship
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Women of Colour
Content Creator
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Limitless
Internship
Program

Women of Colour
Content Creator
Database

Our Team

CineFAM Team

Frances-Anne Solomon
Founder

CineFAM Team

Diana Webley
Festival Director

Team CineFAM 2022

Caroline Guespin
Associate Producer

najah

Najah Dowdie
Marketing Manager

mandisa

Mandisa Pantin
Programming Coordinator

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Isabelle Ofume
Marketing and Social Media Coordinator

AKUA DELFISH

Akua Delfish
Event Producer

CineFAM Team

Lindsay Panchan
Web Designer

Courtney Panchan

Courtney Panchan
Content Manager

CineFAM Team

Frances-Anne Solomon
Founder

CineFAM Team

Diana Webley
Festival Director

Team CineFAM 2022

Caroline Guespin
Associate Producer

najah

Najah Dowdie
Marketing Manager

mandisa

Mandisa Pantin
Programming Coordinator

Courtney Panchan

Courtney Panchan
Content Manager

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Isabelle Ofume
Marketing and Social Media Coordinator

CineFAM Team

Lindsay Panchan
Web Designer

Board Members

Frances-Anne Solomon

Frances-Anne Solomon is a trailblazing and award-winning writer, producer, director, curator and distributor in film, television, digital media and radio. Her professional career began at the BBC in England, where she was a successful executive producer. After moving to Canada, in 2001 she became the founder and CEO of the CaribbeanTales Media Group, which produces compelling and culturally diverse film and television content. Her work as a director includes the films ‘What My Mother Told Me’, ‘Peggy Su!’, and ‘A Winter Tale’, and the series ‘Lord Have Mercy!’, and ‘HeartBeat’. Her most recent film ‘HERO: Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Mr. Ulric Cross’, won international awards and is currently available on Showtime and Prime in the US and the UK. She is a Director member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the British Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Directors Guild of Canada.

ex-officio

Anne-Marie Stewart

Anne-Marie is an independent management consultant with over thirty years’ experience in helping to create and lead effective organisations. Her professional career spans the public, private and voluntary sectors. She also consults to international development agencies. Her areas of expertise usually focus on Diversity and Equity and include: Organizational change management ; Strategic planning and implementation; Human resources management and development; Policy and program evaluation. Previously, she served as an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ontario Government. Prior to this, she was Superintendent of Human Resources at the Toronto Board of Education where she had overall accountability for the recruitment, development and placement of educational administrators and teachers at every level in the system. She began her professional career in the private sector as a Senior Organization Development Consultant to the President at ManuLife with responsibility for recruiting and training senior officers across Canada and the United States.

Chair Member

Preya Lyn

Hello, I’m Preya Lyn, a passionate advocate for change and a source of inspiration in the realm of women supporting women. As a single mother of two, 42 years old. I’ve devoted a lot of my time creating a nurturing space where young women and families triumph through the power of sports, especially basketball.

Over the years, I’ve worked tirelessly with families, spanning ages from 6 to post-secondary education and beyond. My mission transcends the courts; it delves into the very essence of humanity. Growing up in the vibrant yet challenging neighborhood of Jane and Finch, I witnessed the stark contrast between those who had and those who persevered with what little they had. These early experiences taught me the profound importance of community and family in shaping lives.

Amidst changing social norms, I remained steadfast in my commitment to fostering togetherness and community within the neighborhoods I touched. Through my unwavering dedication, I transformed lives and revived the essence of family, proving that unity knows no bounds.

Currently, I’m channeling my passion for change into a groundbreaking project with the Peel Police. I refuse to stand idly by in the face of the world’s challenges. Instead, I’m leading the charge to create awareness about anti-human trafficking. On November 26, we are organizing a charity event that I believe will be a catalyst for change. It serves as a powerful reminder that with unity, dedication, and unwavering spirit, we can overcome any obstacle and create a brighter future for everyone.

I stand as a living testament to the transformative power of women supporting women, and I’m here to be a beacon of motivation and change for us all. Together, we can make a difference.

Member at Large

Selma Alincy

Selma is a skilled Bilingual Human Resource Professional with over 15 years of expertise in all facets of labour & employment law, benefits administration, recruitment, compensation, and payroll within small to large size enterprises. Skilled in collaborating with all members of the organization to achieve business and financial objectives, she has demonstrated the ability to streamline and improve processes to enhance productivity.

Selma strong communication skills and an extensive background in diverse environment she finds success providing high-quality solutions. Her greatest strengths are the ability to build relationships within and outside an organization.

Selma is born in Toronto Canada, her mother if from Antigua and Barbuda and her father was from Haiti. She is a truly culturally driven and enjoys going to Antigua and Barbuda a least 5 times a year. She has been actively involved with ABAT since 2016 holding board position from Youth Affairs Officer, Treasurer, Vice-President, President and now Chair.

Selma is very passionate about working within the community of the non-profit sector as she grew up in Toronto’s Metro Housing. She believes that people within the community may not know what services or opportunities are readily available to them. Working to bridge the gaps and being transparent makes her a valuable to any organization.

Member at Large

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