In 2016, the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF), returns to downtown Toronto, at The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, with an Opening Gala on September 7, then daily from September 14 – 17 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. For a complete schedule of the Festival please visit http://www.caribbeantales.ca/ctff/
The Festival is proud to bring to this year’s programming a number of notable films representing the Francophone and French community.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 6 p.m.
Theme: Animated Love
Alain Bidard, Martinique, 2015, 109 minutes, French with English subtitles, Canadian Premiere
In a futuristic world where reality is lived virtually, Isfet gains enough power to control the virtual world. She creates the Battle Dream where everyone must fight for the control of this world or die. This film echoes a fight against colonialism, a fight against slavery and the battle to be able to control one’s own destiny.
This unique fully animated feature was created by the director and done entirely on his own. The vision of world domination in the filmic world is well known yet, as Battle Dream unfolds it becomes clear that the Caribbean references makes it stand out, after all, it is a Martiniquan woman who saves the entire world.
AWARD: Gold Palm Award, Mexico International Film Festival
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 6 p.m.
Theme: Revolutionary Love
Nadia Charlery, 2015, Martinique, Montreal, 22 minutes, French with English subtitles, Toronto Premiere
Josué has developed a special relationship with his pet, strongly convinced that he could turn him as a dreaded fighting cock! But for the life of him, helped by his grandmother, who raises him with love and caring, a succession of unexpected events will invariably frustrate his plans.
Jean-Claude Bourjolly, 2015, Haiti, 10:41 minutes, French with English subtitles, Toronto Premiere
Kamelo is a poor citizen, who has been caught complaining about poor water management, had to defend himself violently against a Macoute uncle (Militia) during the time that Jean-Claude Duvalier was president.
Images can be found at http://www.caribbeantales.ca/CTFF/media/
The CTFF’s programming committee, whose members come from the indigenous and diasporic Caribbean film community, have put together unique evenings that all tie into the complexity of Caribbean Love. Trinbago-to-the-Bone celebrates performative cultural stories from Trinidad and Tobago. Migrant Tales, showcases different aspects of the Caribbean diasporic experience. Love Thy Neighbour examines serious issues that exist in the Caribbean
LGBT Love unveils different ideas attached to Caribbean LGBTQ representation, which will include the top films from the Queer Trans People of Colour Short Film Challenge. Revolutionary Love, focuses on ways in which commitment to change can alter both the intimate world and the global. #BlackLoveMatters, explores themes of different forms of Caribbean and Black Love while featuring the best films from the #BlackLoveMatters Short Film Challenge. Animated Love that will be the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival’s inaugural evening of fully animated Caribbean related stories. Walk Good, is the theme of the Closing Night that highlights different ideologies attached to the Jamaican dreadlocks hairstyle, its origins, its current state and its future.
This year’s Festival includes nine feature-length and 17 short films in Official Competition for the CTFF Jury and Audience Awards, to be announced on Closing Night – September 17.
From September 6 – 11, the Festival hosts the 8th Annual CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI). This year for the first time the CTI is sponsored by Flow, the Caribbean’s leading TV and communications provider, as part of its commitment to the development of the Caribbean filmmaking industry. For further information please visit http://caribbeantales.ca/CTI/
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.caribbeantales.ca/CTFF/events/ and on-site one hour before each screening at The Royal Cinema.
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