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January 23, 2020

Greetings Friends of CaribbeanTales,

Everyone has a story to tell about their connection to this great organization and I want to share mine with you. Nine years ago, I went to the CaribbeanTales Film Festival in Barbados where I was representing Sing Your Song, which is about the lifelong activism of my father Harry Belafonte and his commitment to making the world a better place. It was during this experience that I witnessed the work that Frances-Anne Solomon and her team do to support and promote film from and about the Caribbean Diaspora.

My passion is making things happen by working with diverse artists, activists and organizations worldwide to promote cultural and civic engagement. Currently, I am the Executive Director of Sankofa.org, which was founded by my father to enlist artists, performers and prominent individuals to deliver messages of moral and political consequences. I am also on the Board of two amazing organizations: 2 nd Call, a community-based organization designed to save lives, by reducing violence and assisting personal development of high-risk individuals and the internationally acclaimed Actors Gang Theatre founded by Tim Robbins.

You see, I can relate to the grassroots mission of CaribbeanTales and the constant effort required to find the funds for culture and the arts.

It is why I ask you to join me in supporting the CaribbeanTales donation drive to raise $100K to continue this important and necessary work. We can do this together. You will receive a tax receipt for your donation and a complimentary CTFF pass for the 2020 season with a minimum donation of $500. 

Art is so vital to our understanding and compassion for each other. My commitment to creating informative cultural content ranges from documentaries like A Survivors Guide To Prison currently on Netflix; a film currently in development about the colonization of the Congo by King Leopold II; and the staged version of the Grammy-nominated 6 CD box set anthologies of black music, The Long Road To Freedom. We are surrounded by art and culture and most of us consume it on a daily basis. So, why wouldn’t you support it?

I know you will join with me in helping CaribbeanTales meet their goal. It’s a simple process. Click the button and donate today

CaribbeanTales is a registered Canadian Charity no. 87896 4618 RR0001, committed to building community here in

If we don’t support each other, who will?
Peace,

Gina Belafonte

December 02, 2019

My name is John Reid and I am on the Board of Directors of CaribbeanTales. The purpose of my letter is to solicit your support for this incredible organization.

I am originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, and similar to most “island-folks,” I am proud of my heritage and our contribution to the broader cultural landscape. I also lived in the Caribbean for several years and was fortunate to discover the unique and varied cultures that span all those beautiful islands.

It was during my time at Cable and Wireless Communications, that I became familiar with CaribbeanTales’ great work promoting all these diverse island cultures through the arts and film. I have always believed that companies that benefit economically from the Caribbean, should also contribute funding towards the Region’s sustainability and long-term development.

Cable & Wireless, through its service brand Flow, funded several CaribbeanTales initiatives, including the Annual Film Festival and the unique Incubator Program. I got to see, firsthand, CaribbeanTales’ impact promoting Caribbean culture around the world.

Frances-Anne Solomon and John Reid at CaribbeanTales

When, upon my retirement, the opportunity came to join the CaribbeanTales Board, I jumped at the chance to stay connected with an organization that I believe works so hard to develop the amazing talent born in this wonderful part of the world.

Today, I am writing to you personally. I want to encourage you to support The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival with a financial donation. We have a goal of raising $100,000 and I am confident that we can achieve this target. If you are a Canadian taxpayer, you will receive a tax receipt for your donation; and each of you who donates a minimum of $500, will also receive a complimentary CTFF pass for the 2020 season.

CTI participants CTFF 2017

Next year will be fifteen years for the Festival, and while that feat is a significant milestone, CaribbeanTales needs support to ensure that it remains a viable entity for the next fifteen years and beyond. Your donation, regardless of the amount, will enable CaribbeanTales to continue to showcase stories, filmmakers and producers from the Caribbean Diaspora and help to bring their art to Toronto for all audiences.

Support CaribbeanTales. Support our Caribbean culture. Click the button and donate today. 

Director Shakirah Bourne, John Reid & Frances-Anne Solomon at the Media Launch of CaribbeanTales 2017
Alain Bidard wins Best Pitch at CaribbeanTales - John Reid at CaribbeanTales Incubator 2017.

CaribbeanTales is a registered Canadian Charity no. 87896 4618 RR0001, committed to building community here in

Who is with me? I’ve made my donation, now we need you to support our worthwhile cause. Please join in and support this necessary and vital part of the Caribbean arts community.
Yours in gratitude,

John Reid

December 02, 2019

Bonjour Mes Amis! Hello my Friends of CaribbeanTales!

This is Jimmy Jean Louis, and one of the things I love about Toronto is the CaribbeanTales Film Festival (CTFF). It speaks to all that Toronto represents — as a city that celebrates all cultures and as one of the world’s top centres for film development and festivals.

Both as an actor and a producer, my work has been a part of this remarkable festival for a number of years. I took part in the CaribbeanTales Incubator Program, now in its tenth year.  And I certainly benefited from the mentorship, networking and friendly collaboration with other producers from the Caribbean Diaspora.

I was unbelievably proud to have my film Rattlesnakes debut at the opening of this year’s CTFF to a sold-out audience! Who could have imagined that a little boy from the slums of  Pétion-Ville in Haiti would have this opportunity? I thank you all once again for your love and support.

Jimmy Jean Louis in a scene from RATTLESNAKES

And this is why we need to support platforms like CaribbeanTales – that give us a voice for our storytelling and are always there to nurture our talent.

Please join me in helping with the CaribbeanTales donation drive to raise $100,000 in order to continue this important and necessary work. We can do this together. You will receive a tax receipt for your donation and a complimentary CTFF pass for the 2020 season, with a minimum donation of $500.

Jimmy Jean Louis with Diana Webley, Co-Director of
The award winning film RATTLESNAKES

It’s not easy to run a non-profit film festival when you are relying on the generosity of audiences, partnerships, supporters and government grants. As the founder of Hollywood Unites for Haiti, I know the work it takes to get the necessary funds for a charitable cause. Our group mobilized for a series of campaigns to help with Haitian Aid, and one thing we could count on was the generosity of the Caribbean Diaspora and those who are passionate about  our people and our culture.

Mes amis, we can do this together.  Support CaribbeanTales.  Support our Caribbean culture. Click the button and donate today.

CTI participants at opening night of CTFF 2019
Festival attendees of CaribbeanTales International Film Festival 2019

CaribbeanTales is a registered Canadian Charity no. 87896 4618 RR0001, committed to building community here in Canada because it leads to healthy individuals, intercultural understanding, and strong communities. We are also committed to building a global community between Canadians and like-minded artists, cultural entrepreneurs, community builders and audiences throughout the Diaspora.

We can do this!

Merci,

Jimmy Jean Louis

November 10, 2019

Good afternoon CaribbeanTales Supporters!

CCH Pounder here – many of you know me from my most recent role as Dr. Loretta Wade on NCIS: New Orleans. However, I have a long history of acting in plays and films, as well as in television movies and miniseries. My heart belongs to the Arts and to those creative processes that bring the world together through emotions and storytelling.

Recently, I was in Toronto for the 14th Annual CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) and I was a judge at the CTFF Incubator Program’s Big Pitch Breakfast that was held during the Toronto International Film Festival. What a wonderful experience! Eighteen aspiring producers from all over the Caribbean and African Diaspora pitched their stories for a chance to win $10,000.  It was tough to pick a winner.  There is so much talent in the Caribbean community that needs to be nurtured and supported.

Frances-Anne Solomon with CCH Pounder at Breakfast at TIFF: The Big Pitch, produced by CaribbeanTales Incubator

The CTFF Incubator Program is now in its tenth year. It is a necessary and vital part of the CaribbeanTales Film Festival, because it fuels new and potential producers and offers them a platform to tell their stories.

This is why I joined the CaribbeanTales Donation Drive to raise $100,000.00 to continue this important and necessary work. We can do this together. You will receive a tax receipt for your donation and a complimentary CTFF pass for the 2020 season with a minimum donation of $500.

CCH Pounder as "Queen Mo'at" in the movie AVATAR

My roots are in Guyana, I now live in America, and I support causes all over the world, especially those linked to the Caribbean and African Diaspora. Right now, I am one of the founders of Artists for a New South Africa.  We use actors and artists with the biggest voices so they can take every opportunity to talk about HIV/AIDS and post-apartheid issues. During my time in Toronto with CTFF founder Frances-Anne Solomon, I encouraged her to reach out to her community to continue building on the last fourteen years of ground-breaking filmmaking, true to life storytelling, cultural representation and extreme pride in our achievements.

CCH Pounder and Frances-Anne Solomon with Jennifer Holness at Breakfast at TIFF: The Big Pitch by CTI
Jennifer Holness, Jay Martin, CCH Pounder and Frances-Anne Solomon at Breakfast at TIFF: The Big Pitch by CTI

CaribbeanTales is a registered Canadian Charity no. 87896 4618 RR0001, committed to building community here in Canada because it leads to healthy individuals, intercultural understanding, and strong communities. We are also committed to building a global community between Canadians and like-minded artists, cultural entrepreneurs, community builders and audiences throughout the Diaspora.

Can I count on your support? We need you to continue this important work. Donation is simple. You can do it right now.

With gratitude

CCH Pounder

October 27, 2019

Dear Friends,

For those who don’t know me, my name is Denham Jolly, and I am an entrepreneur, a community leader, activist and a proud Board Member of CaribbeanTales. When Frances-Anne Solomon invited me to join the Board of Directors eight years ago, I saw it as an opportunity to support an innovative, vital and much needed cultural platform in our city.

Throughout my life it has been important to me to support initiatives that give Black and Caribbean people a wider frame to see ourselves, share our perspectives, monetize our talents and participate as full citizens in Canadian culture and life.

Which is why I am writing to you personally, to encourage you to support the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival with a financial donation.

I know how difficult it is to start and sustain a community venture. I came to Canada from Jamaica to make a difference. In 1982, I published and ran Contrast, Canada’s first Black newspaper. And in 1991, I fought for twelve years and won the right to build Flow – Canada’s first Black radio station. In doing so, I created opportunities for many people to work, express themselves, and have dignity as Canadians.

Next year will be fifteen years for the CaribbeanTales Film Festival. Like you, I have admired the perseverance and professionalism of its annual presentations and felt a huge sense of pride and community seeing my culture reflected on the big screen. It has become such an important platform for Caribbean stories, producers, actors, audiences and all those working behind the scenes.

As a CTFF Board member, I am accountable to you, to ensure that every donated dime is accounted for and that the organization is operating in good standing. Which is why I write this letter without hesitation – I know your donation will go directly toward continuing to showcase our stories, our filmmakers and our producers to tell their stories here in Toronto for all audiences.

I am asking you to join me in giving generously to the CaribbeanTales Film Festival. We have a goal of raising $100,000 and I know we can do it together. You will receive a tax receipt for your donation and a complimentary CTFF pass for the 2020 season with a minimum donation of $500.

CaribbeanTales is a registered Canadian Charity no. 87896 4618 RR0001, committed to building community here in Canada because it leads to healthy individuals, intercultural understanding, and strong communities. We are also committed to building a global community between Canadians and like-minded artists, cultural entrepreneurs, community builders and audiences throughout the Diaspora.

Can I count on your support? We need you to continue this important work. Donation is simple. You can do it right now.

With much gratitude

Denham Jolly

October 20, 2019

Hello My Friend,

When I started CaribbeanTales, I dreamed of a proud space on the world stage for the voices and stories of all my Caribbean people.

As a child, the faces I saw around me, in my classroom and in the streets, were very diverse. They were of African, Indian, Chinese, Lebanese, Arab, Mixed Race and European heritages. Much like Canada is today!

It was post-independence Trinidad: the greatest privilege I enjoyed growing up was to have role models and leaders who looked like me. I knew that we had overcome many adversities to reach this proud place. This was emblazoned on my mind from an early age: that we are a strong, joyful, prolific and powerful people who can do anything – including lead countries, and change the world. And make movies.

The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival will be 15 years old in 2020! As Executive Director and Founder, I want to thank you personally for your amazing support over the years, for me and for our visionary mandate. I have dedicated my life to CaribbeanTales. If you have heard me speak at the launch of every annual Festival, you will know that I am passionate about what I do, and that I am accountable to my community, every step of the way. Your support tells me that you feel the same too.

This is why I am asking for your help.

Some highlights of our CTFF 2019 included:

  • Idris Elba’s directorial debut film, Yardie, made its Canadian Premiere
  • CCH Pounder of NCIS New Orleans was our Special Judge at the CTFF/TIFF Big Pitch Breakfast
  • Haitian Star Jimmy Jean Louis’ film Rattlesnakes was the Sold-Out Opening Night Premiere event
  • The US Virgin Islands Film Commission became our CTFF partner

Can I count on you to support the vision we share with a financial donation to the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival? Your donation will directly support the artists and filmmakers of Caribbean heritage in Canada and around the world who showcase their stories every year, here in Toronto. Help us to make CTFF2020 our best festival yet. We want lots of people like you to continue to appreciate the wealth of talent that abounds in the Caribbean and its Diaspora.

Our fundraising campaign begins now. Over the next weeks and months, CaribbeanTales will be reaching out for your help to meet our goal of $100,000. For your donation, you will receive a tax receipt — and with a minimum donation of $500 you will get a Complimentary CTFF Pass for the 2020 season.

CaribbeanTales is a registered Canadian Charity no. 87896 4618 RR0001, committed to building community here in Canada because it leads to healthy individuals, intercultural understanding, and strong communities. We are also committed to building a global community between Canadians and like-minded artists, cultural entrepreneurs, community builders and audiences throughout the Diaspora.

Can I count on your support? Donating is simple. You can do it right now. Click. Donate. Tax Receipt. Simple.

With much gratitude,

Frances-Anne Solomon
Founder & Executive Director

OUR MANDATE

CaribbeanTales is a registered Canadian Charity no. 87896 4618 RR0001, committed to building community here in Canada because it leads to healthy individuals, intercultural understanding, and healthy communities.  We are also committed to building a global community between Canadians and like-minded artists, cultural entrepreneurs and community builders throughout the Diaspora.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Your donations will help us to engage local communities, empower emerging  filmmakers and producers, and bring our stories to audiences worldwide.  There are currently two main ways that you can get involved and support us:

CT Screening Series

The CT Screening Series consists of Worldwide Screenings and Events that are focused on raising awareness for Caribbean-themed films and media. These events engage the audience with Q&A sessions moderated by community partners, educators and/or special guests, with the directors and/or actors from the film on the panel.

The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival, now in its 14th year, celebrates the talents of established and emerging filmmakers of Caribbean heritage who practice their art across the Caribbean Diaspora worldwide by showcasing their media on screen. Activities of the Film Festival include year-wide screenings and events, hosted in association with community partners.

The CT Screening Series brings films such as HERO: Inspired by the Life & Times of Mr. Ulric Cross to a city near you.

How you can help:

Your donation will support venue fees, filmmaker travel and accommodation to attend Q&A sessions and on-site volunteer costs.

CTFF 2019 Youth Community Program

The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival features screenings and discussions and wide range of themes of relevance and interest to Caribbean and diverse audiences. Our programming empowers young people through positive reflections of and debate on Caribbean stories, issues and culture.

How you can help:

Your donations will enable youth from Toronto’s communities to attend and participate in CTFF 2019 screenings and talkback sessions for free.

CARIBBEANTALES SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Each year CaribbeanTales supports between 8-12 emerging Canadian and Caribbean Diaspora filmmakers to attend the renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator Program in Toronto, Canada.

The CTI is a year-round training and production program that includes:

– 1 month of online training;
– one week of intensive training in Toronto with international experts;
– a high-profile pitching session at TIFF in front of international industry experts;
– the opportunity for 3 Pitch Winners to participate in an 12-month mentorship with experienced Executive Producers to take their project from Pitch to Production (PSP)

How you can help:

Your donation will go towards lowering the costs for Producers from Canada, the Caribbean region, and its Diaspora to attend this unique program. Through your support of the CaribbeanTales Scholarship Fund, you are playing an important role in the development and growth of the Caribbean film industry.

Donor Name:

  • Janice Williams
  • Eulan O’Connor
  • Judy Gladstone
  • Rita Cox
  • Joy Thomas
  • Farrell Haywes Associats Inc
  • Denise Hererra-Jackson
  • Rita Cox
  • Cecil King
  • Danae Peart
  • Helen Austin
  • Diane Liverpool
  • John Reid
  • Michael Osborne
  • Denham Jolly
  • Denise Williams
  • Karl Misling
  • Jamal James
  • Jamal James
  • Gabriel Larios
  • Donia Bloxam
  • Nan Peacocke
  • Peter Lyman
  • Timothy Owen
  • Garfield Sinclair
  • Edward Dunsworth
  • Louis Taylor
  • Louis Taylor
  • Timothy Owen
  • Carrie Butcher
  • Catherine Hernandez
  • Chanel Otway
  • Olive Senior
  • Derek Lett
  • Roxanne Felix
  • Tamara Garnes
  • Cameron Bailey
  • Cecil King
  • Danae Peart
  • Helen Austin
  • Diane Liverpool
  • John Reid
  • Michael Osborne
  • Denise Williams
  • Karl Misling
  • Gabriel Larios
  • Donia Bloxam
  • Nan Peacocke
  • Peter Lyman
  • Edward Dunsworth
  • Louis Taylor
  • Louis Taylor
  • Carrie Butcher
  • Catherine Hernandez
  • Chanel Otway
  • Olive Senior
  • Derek Lett
Gina Belafonte

January 23, 2020

Greetings Friends of CaribbeanTales,

Everyone has a story to tell about their connection to this great organization and I want to share mine with you. Nine years ago, I went to the CaribbeanTales Film Festival in Barbados where I was representing Sing Your Song, which is about the lifelong activism of my father Harry Belafonte and his commitment to making the world a better place. It was during this experience that I witnessed the work that Frances-Anne Solomon and her team do to support and promote film from and about the Caribbean Diaspora.

My passion is making things happen by working with diverse artists, activists and organizations worldwide to promote cultural and civic engagement. Currently, I am the Executive Director of Sankofa.org, which was founded by my father to enlist artists, performers and prominent individuals to deliver messages of moral and political consequences. I am also on the Board of two amazing organizations: 2 nd Call, a community-based organization designed to save lives, by reducing violence and assisting personal development of high-risk individuals and the internationally acclaimed Actors Gang Theatre founded by Tim Robbins.

You see, I can relate to the grassroots mission of CaribbeanTales and the constant effort required to find the funds for culture and the arts.

It is why I ask you to join me in supporting the CaribbeanTales donation drive to raise $100K to continue this important and necessary work. We can do this together. You will receive a tax receipt for your donation and a complimentary CTFF pass for the 2020 season with a minimum donation of $500. 

Art is so vital to our understanding and compassion for each other. My commitment to creating informative cultural content ranges from documentaries like A Survivors Guide To Prison currently on Netflix; a film currently in development about the colonization of the Congo by King Leopold II; and the staged version of the Grammy-nominated 6 CD box set anthologies of black music, The Long Road To Freedom. We are surrounded by art and culture and most of us consume it on a daily basis. So, why wouldn’t you support it?

I know you will join with me in helping CaribbeanTales meet their goal. It’s a simple process. Click the button and donate today

CaribbeanTales is a registered Canadian Charity no. 87896 4618 RR0001, committed to building community here in

If we don’t support each other, who will?
Peace,

Gina Belafonte

John Reid

December 02, 2019

My name is John Reid and I am on the Board of Directors of CaribbeanTales. The purpose of my letter is to solicit your support for this incredible organization.

I am originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, and similar to most “island-folks,” I am proud of my heritage and our contribution to the broader cultural landscape. I also lived in the Caribbean for several years and was fortunate to discover the unique and varied cultures that span all those beautiful islands.

It was during my time at Cable and Wireless Communications, that I became familiar with CaribbeanTales’ great work promoting all these diverse island cultures through the arts and film. I have always believed that companies that benefit economically from the Caribbean, should also contribute funding towards the Region’s sustainability and long-term development.

Cable & Wireless, through its service brand Flow, funded several CaribbeanTales initiatives, including the Annual Film Festival and the unique Incubator Program. I got to see, firsthand, CaribbeanTales’ impact promoting Caribbean culture around the world.

Frances-Anne Solomon and John Reid at CaribbeanTales

When, upon my retirement, the opportunity came to join the CaribbeanTales Board, I jumped at the chance to stay connected with an organization that I believe works so hard to develop the amazing talent born in this wonderful part of the world.

Today, I am writing to you personally. I want to encourage you to support The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival with a financial donation. We have a goal of raising $100,000 and I am confident that we can achieve this target. If you are a Canadian taxpayer, you will receive a tax receipt for your donation; and each of you who donates a minimum of $500, will also receive a complimentary CTFF pass for the 2020 season.

CTI participants CTFF 2017

Next year will be fifteen years for the Festival, and while that feat is a significant milestone, CaribbeanTales needs support to ensure that it remains a viable entity for the next fifteen years and beyond. Your donation, regardless of the amount, will enable CaribbeanTales to continue to showcase stories, filmmakers and producers from the Caribbean Diaspora and help to bring their art to Toronto for all audiences.

Support CaribbeanTales. Support our Caribbean culture. Click the button and donate today. 

Director Shakirah Bourne, John Reid & Frances-Anne Solomon at the Media Launch of CaribbeanTales 2017
Alain Bidard wins Best Pitch at CaribbeanTales - John Reid at CaribbeanTales Incubator 2017.

CaribbeanTales is a registered Canadian Charity no. 87896 4618 RR0001, committed to building community here in

Who is with me? I’ve made my donation, now we need you to support our worthwhile cause. Please join in and support this necessary and vital part of the Caribbean arts community.
Yours in gratitude,

John Reid

Jimmy-Jean Louis

December 02, 2019

Bonjour Mes Amis! Hello my Friends of CaribbeanTales!

This is Jimmy Jean Louis, and one of the things I love about Toronto is the CaribbeanTales Film Festival (CTFF). It speaks to all that Toronto represents — as a city that celebrates all cultures and as one of the world’s top centres for film development and festivals.

Both as an actor and a producer, my work has been a part of this remarkable festival for a number of years. I took part in the CaribbeanTales Incubator Program, now in its tenth year.  And I certainly benefited from the mentorship, networking and friendly collaboration with other producers from the Caribbean Diaspora.

I was unbelievably proud to have my film Rattlesnakes debut at the opening of this year’s CTFF to a sold-out audience! Who could have imagined that a little boy from the slums of  Pétion-Ville in Haiti would have this opportunity? I thank you all once again for your love and support.

Jimmy Jean Louis in a scene from RATTLESNAKES

And this is why we need to support platforms like CaribbeanTales – that give us a voice for our storytelling and are always there to nurture our talent.

Please join me in helping with the CaribbeanTales donation drive to raise $100,000 in order to continue this important and necessary work. We can do this together. You will receive a tax receipt for your donation and a complimentary CTFF pass for the 2020 season, with a minimum donation of $500.

Jimmy Jean Louis with Diana Webley, Co-Director of
The award winning film RATTLESNAKES

It’s not easy to run a non-profit film festival when you are relying on the generosity of audiences, partnerships, supporters and government grants. As the founder of Hollywood Unites for Haiti, I know the work it takes to get the necessary funds for a charitable cause. Our group mobilized for a series of campaigns to help with Haitian Aid, and one thing we could count on was the generosity of the Caribbean Diaspora and those who are passionate about  our people and our culture.

Mes amis, we can do this together.  Support CaribbeanTales.  Support our Caribbean culture. Click the button and donate today.

CTI participants at opening night of CTFF 2019
Festival attendees of CaribbeanTales International Film Festival 2019

CaribbeanTales is a registered Canadian Charity no. 87896 4618 RR0001, committed to building community here in Canada because it leads to healthy individuals, intercultural understanding, and strong communities. We are also committed to building a global community between Canadians and like-minded artists, cultural entrepreneurs, community builders and audiences throughout the Diaspora.

We can do this!

Merci,

Jimmy Jean Louis

C.C.H. Pounder

November 10, 2019

Good afternoon CaribbeanTales Supporters!

CCH Pounder here – many of you know me from my most recent role as Dr. Loretta Wade on NCIS: New Orleans. However, I have a long history of acting in plays and films, as well as in television movies and miniseries. My heart belongs to the Arts and to those creative processes that bring the world together through emotions and storytelling.

Recently, I was in Toronto for the 14th Annual CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) and I was a judge at the CTFF Incubator Program’s Big Pitch Breakfast that was held during the Toronto International Film Festival. What a wonderful experience! Eighteen aspiring producers from all over the Caribbean and African Diaspora pitched their stories for a chance to win $10,000.  It was tough to pick a winner.  There is so much talent in the Caribbean community that needs to be nurtured and supported.

Frances-Anne Solomon with CCH Pounder at Breakfast at TIFF: The Big Pitch, produced by CaribbeanTales Incubator

The CTFF Incubator Program is now in its tenth year. It is a necessary and vital part of the CaribbeanTales Film Festival, because it fuels new and potential producers and offers them a platform to tell their stories.

This is why I joined the CaribbeanTales Donation Drive to raise $100,000.00 to continue this important and necessary work. We can do this together. You will receive a tax receipt for your donation and a complimentary CTFF pass for the 2020 season with a minimum donation of $500.

CCH Pounder as "Queen Mo'at" in the movie AVATAR

My roots are in Guyana, I now live in America, and I support causes all over the world, especially those linked to the Caribbean and African Diaspora. Right now, I am one of the founders of Artists for a New South Africa.  We use actors and artists with the biggest voices so they can take every opportunity to talk about HIV/AIDS and post-apartheid issues. During my time in Toronto with CTFF founder Frances-Anne Solomon, I encouraged her to reach out to her community to continue building on the last fourteen years of ground-breaking filmmaking, true to life storytelling, cultural representation and extreme pride in our achievements.

CCH Pounder and Frances-Anne Solomon with Jennifer Holness at Breakfast at TIFF: The Big Pitch by CTI
Jennifer Holness, Jay Martin, CCH Pounder and Frances-Anne Solomon at Breakfast at TIFF: The Big Pitch by CTI

CaribbeanTales is a registered Canadian Charity no. 87896 4618 RR0001, committed to building community here in Canada because it leads to healthy individuals, intercultural understanding, and strong communities. We are also committed to building a global community between Canadians and like-minded artists, cultural entrepreneurs, community builders and audiences throughout the Diaspora.

Can I count on your support? We need you to continue this important work. Donation is simple. You can do it right now.

With gratitude

CCH Pounder

Denham Jolly

October 27, 2019

Dear Friends,

For those who don’t know me, my name is Denham Jolly, and I am an entrepreneur, a community leader, activist and a proud Board Member of CaribbeanTales. When Frances-Anne Solomon invited me to join the Board of Directors eight years ago, I saw it as an opportunity to support an innovative, vital and much needed cultural platform in our city.

Throughout my life it has been important to me to support initiatives that give Black and Caribbean people a wider frame to see ourselves, share our perspectives, monetize our talents and participate as full citizens in Canadian culture and life.

Which is why I am writing to you personally, to encourage you to support the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival with a financial donation.

I know how difficult it is to start and sustain a community venture. I came to Canada from Jamaica to make a difference. In 1982, I published and ran Contrast, Canada’s first Black newspaper. And in 1991, I fought for twelve years and won the right to build Flow – Canada’s first Black radio station. In doing so, I created opportunities for many people to work, express themselves, and have dignity as Canadians.

Next year will be fifteen years for the CaribbeanTales Film Festival. Like you, I have admired the perseverance and professionalism of its annual presentations and felt a huge sense of pride and community seeing my culture reflected on the big screen. It has become such an important platform for Caribbean stories, producers, actors, audiences and all those working behind the scenes.

As a CTFF Board member, I am accountable to you, to ensure that every donated dime is accounted for and that the organization is operating in good standing. Which is why I write this letter without hesitation – I know your donation will go directly toward continuing to showcase our stories, our filmmakers and our producers to tell their stories here in Toronto for all audiences.

I am asking you to join me in giving generously to the CaribbeanTales Film Festival. We have a goal of raising $100,000 and I know we can do it together. You will receive a tax receipt for your donation and a complimentary CTFF pass for the 2020 season with a minimum donation of $500.

CaribbeanTales is a registered Canadian Charity no. 87896 4618 RR0001, committed to building community here in Canada because it leads to healthy individuals, intercultural understanding, and strong communities. We are also committed to building a global community between Canadians and like-minded artists, cultural entrepreneurs, community builders and audiences throughout the Diaspora.

Can I count on your support? We need you to continue this important work. Donation is simple. You can do it right now.

With much gratitude

Denham Jolly

Frances-Anne Solomon

October 20, 2019

Hello My Friend,

When I started CaribbeanTales, I dreamed of a proud space on the world stage for the voices and stories of all my Caribbean people.

As a child, the faces I saw around me, in my classroom and in the streets, were very diverse. They were of African, Indian, Chinese, Lebanese, Arab, Mixed Race and European heritages. Much like Canada is today!

It was post-independence Trinidad: the greatest privilege I enjoyed growing up was to have role models and leaders who looked like me. I knew that we had overcome many adversities to reach this proud place. This was emblazoned on my mind from an early age: that we are a strong, joyful, prolific and powerful people who can do anything – including lead countries, and change the world. And make movies.

The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival will be 15 years old in 2020! As Executive Director and Founder, I want to thank you personally for your amazing support over the years, for me and for our visionary mandate. I have dedicated my life to CaribbeanTales. If you have heard me speak at the launch of every annual Festival, you will know that I am passionate about what I do, and that I am accountable to my community, every step of the way. Your support tells me that you feel the same too.

This is why I am asking for your help.

Some highlights of our CTFF 2019 included:

  • Idris Elba’s directorial debut film, Yardie, made its Canadian Premiere
  • CCH Pounder of NCIS New Orleans was our Special Judge at the CTFF/TIFF Big Pitch Breakfast
  • Haitian Star Jimmy Jean Louis’ film Rattlesnakes was the Sold-Out Opening Night Premiere event
  • The US Virgin Islands Film Commission became our CTFF partner

Can I count on you to support the vision we share with a financial donation to the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival? Your donation will directly support the artists and filmmakers of Caribbean heritage in Canada and around the world who showcase their stories every year, here in Toronto. Help us to make CTFF2020 our best festival yet. We want lots of people like you to continue to appreciate the wealth of talent that abounds in the Caribbean and its Diaspora.

Our fundraising campaign begins now. Over the next weeks and months, CaribbeanTales will be reaching out for your help to meet our goal of $100,000. For your donation, you will receive a tax receipt — and with a minimum donation of $500 you will get a Complimentary CTFF Pass for the 2020 season.

CaribbeanTales is a registered Canadian Charity no. 87896 4618 RR0001, committed to building community here in Canada because it leads to healthy individuals, intercultural understanding, and strong communities. We are also committed to building a global community between Canadians and like-minded artists, cultural entrepreneurs, community builders and audiences throughout the Diaspora.

Can I count on your support? Donating is simple. You can do it right now. Click. Donate. Tax Receipt. Simple.

With much gratitude,

Frances-Anne Solomon
Founder & Executive Director

Our Campaign

OUR MANDATE

CaribbeanTales is a registered Canadian Charity no. 87896 4618 RR0001, committed to building community here in Canada because it leads to healthy individuals, intercultural understanding, and healthy communities.  We are also committed to building a global community between Canadians and like-minded artists, cultural entrepreneurs and community builders throughout the Diaspora.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Your donations will help us to engage local communities, empower emerging  filmmakers and producers, and bring our stories to audiences worldwide.  There are currently two main ways that you can get involved and support us:

CT Screening Series

The CT Screening Series consists of Worldwide Screenings and Events that are focused on raising awareness for Caribbean-themed films and media. These events engage the audience with Q&A sessions moderated by community partners, educators and/or special guests, with the directors and/or actors from the film on the panel.

The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival, now in its 14th year, celebrates the talents of established and emerging filmmakers of Caribbean heritage who practice their art across the Caribbean Diaspora worldwide by showcasing their media on screen. Activities of the Film Festival include year-wide screenings and events, hosted in association with community partners.

The CT Screening Series brings films such as HERO: Inspired by the Life & Times of Mr. Ulric Cross to a city near you.

How you can help:

Your donation will support venue fees, filmmaker travel and accommodation to attend Q&A sessions and on-site volunteer costs.

CTFF 2019 Youth Community Program

The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival features screenings and discussions and wide range of themes of relevance and interest to Caribbean and diverse audiences. Our programming empowers young people through positive reflections of and debate on Caribbean stories, issues and culture.

How you can help:

Your donations will enable youth from Toronto’s communities to attend and participate in CTFF 2019 screenings and talkback sessions for free.

CARIBBEANTALES SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Each year CaribbeanTales supports between 8-12 emerging Canadian and Caribbean Diaspora filmmakers to attend the renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator Program in Toronto, Canada.

The CTI is a year-round training and production program that includes:

– 1 month of online training;
– one week of intensive training in Toronto with international experts;
– a high-profile pitching session at TIFF in front of international industry experts;
– the opportunity for 3 Pitch Winners to participate in an 12-month mentorship with experienced Executive Producers to take their project from Pitch to Production (PSP)

How you can help:

Your donation will go towards lowering the costs for Producers from Canada, the Caribbean region, and its Diaspora to attend this unique program. Through your support of the CaribbeanTales Scholarship Fund, you are playing an important role in the development and growth of the Caribbean film industry.

Wall of Heroes

Donor Name:

  • Janice Williams
  • Eulan O’Connor
  • Judy Gladstone
  • Rita Cox
  • Joy Thomas
  • Farrell Haywes Associats Inc
  • Denise Hererra-Jackson
  • Rita Cox
  • Cecil King
  • Danae Peart
  • Helen Austin
  • Diane Liverpool
  • John Reid
  • Michael Osborne
  • Denham Jolly
  • Denise Williams
  • Karl Misling
  • Jamal James
  • Jamal James
  • Gabriel Larios
  • Donia Bloxam
  • Nan Peacocke
  • Peter Lyman
  • Timothy Owen
  • Garfield Sinclair
  • Edward Dunsworth
  • Louis Taylor
  • Louis Taylor
  • Timothy Owen
  • Carrie Butcher
  • Catherine Hernandez
  • Chanel Otway
  • Olive Senior
  • Derek Lett
  • Roxanne Felix
  • Tamara Garnes
  • Cameron Bailey
  • Cecil King
  • Danae Peart
  • Helen Austin
  • Diane Liverpool
  • John Reid
  • Michael Osborne
  • Denise Williams
  • Karl Misling
  • Gabriel Larios
  • Donia Bloxam
  • Nan Peacocke
  • Peter Lyman
  • Edward Dunsworth
  • Louis Taylor
  • Louis Taylor
  • Carrie Butcher
  • Catherine Hernandez
  • Chanel Otway
  • Olive Senior
  • Derek Lett

Goal: $100,000

2019 Donation Drive

$21,780 of $100,000 raised
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Personal Info

Billing Details

Donation Total: $250.00

$20

  • Your Name on Our Website “Wall of Heroes”

$50

  • Your Name on Our Website “Wall of Heroes”
  • Complimentary 3-Month Membership to CTTV

$100

  • Your Name on Our Website “Wall of Heroes”
  • Name on On-site Festival Supporter Banner Wall (pullup banner)
  • Complimentary 3-Month Membership to CTTV

$250

  • Your Name on Our Website “Wall of Heroes”
  • Name on Festival Supporter On-Site Wall of Heroes
  • Complimentary 3-Month Membership to CTTV
  • Media Launch Screening Pass (VIP Seating)

$500

  • Your Name on Our Website “Wall of Heroes”
  • Name on Festival Supporter On-Site Wall of Heroes
  • Complimentary 6-Month Membership to CTTV
  • Media Launch + Opening Night Pass (includes screening and party)
  • Invitation to Red Hot Mixer

$1000

  • Your Name on Our Website “Wall of Heroes”
  • Name on Festival Supporter On-Site Wall of Heroes
  • Complimentary 1-year Membership to CTTV
  • VIP Seating at Media Launch + Opening Night Pass (includes screening and party)
  • All Access Festival Pass (all screenings)
  • Invitation to Red Hot Mixer
  • Festival T-Shirt

$5000

  • Your Name on Our Website “Wall of Heroes”
  • Name on Festival Supporter On-Site Wall of Heroes
  • Complimentary 1-year Membership to CTTV
  • VIP Seating at Media Launch + Opening Night Pass (includes screening and party)
  • Ticket to Breakfast at TIFF – The Big Pitch
  • Invitation to Red Hot Mixer
  • 1-year Access to all CT Events
  • All Access Festival Pass (all screenings)
  • VIP Seating
  • Festival T-Shirt (promotional items)
  • VIP Lunch (Celebrity guest TBD)