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Caribbean Tales 2012 Opens with The Story of Lovers Rock

The Story of Lovers Rock by Menelik Shabazz

The 7th Annual Caribbean Tales Film Showcase is gearing up for its launch with the screening of Menelik Shabazz’ documentary, The Story of Lovers Rock. The festival runs September 4 - 15, ad will have its official gala launch on September 5, at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. This year’s event will also feature an film incubator and a 48 hour film challenge geared at youth. 

The festival will screen features and shorts from across the Caribbean. Features include Leticia Tonos’ Love Child (Dominican Republic), Roger Alexis’ I’m Santana (Trinidad and Tobago),  (French Guiana), and Guetty Felin’s Broken Stones (Haiti).

The film marketing incubator is an intensive 3-day programme geared at providing producers with an opportunity to hone their business plans and film and/or television pitches. The incubator includes a Pitching Breakfast and provides participating producers with one-on-one support and group interventions.

Approximately 17 producers from the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, TrMarc Barrat’s Orpailleurinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean Diaspora in the United States and Canada will participate in this year’s incubator programme. According to the festival organizers the programme will also include a series of intimate events which will encourage formal and informal networking with buyers and funders attending the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). TIFF, one of the world’s most influential film festivals, opens on September 6, 2012 with Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis.

While the incubator will target those who are already working in the film industry, the film challenge will be aimed at newcomers, targeting youth participants. The challenge will be preceded by two workshops which will take place at the Miss Lou's Room, Harbour Front Centre, September 5 and 6, 2012. The workshops led by Michael Miller, and Rodney Smith will cover, story and creative development, and technical workflow during the challenge. The Challenge takes place from 6 pm on Friday September 7, 2012 to 6 pm Sunday, September 9, 2012 during which the teams will develop the story line, shoot the scenes and deliver the DVD of the completed work the the Harbourfront Centre. The films will be screened as a part of the Caribbean Tales Showcase and winners announced at the end of the festival.