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Bajan film company headed to Canada

The film production company Sea Weaver Productions Inc. of Barbados has been invited to take part in the Caribbean Tales Incubator in Toronto, Canada from September 5 to 15, 2012.

Managing Director/Producer Penelope Hynam will be attending as one of the mentor/producers for the participants. Her short documentary series A Day in a Bajan Life, directed by Pelle Hybbinette, will have its North American premiere at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival, held in conjunction with the Incubator.

Supported by Telefilm Canada through its “Canadian Talent” promotion programme, the three-year old incubator has proven its value as a stepping stone to the international market for Caribbean producers and content.

Alumni have achieved wide success including Trinidad’s Ian Harnarine with Doubles With Slight Pepper (CT Incubator 2010) that won Best Canadian Short at TIFF 2011 and the Genie for Best Live Action Film earlier this year; and Jamaican Chris Browne’s Ghetta Life (Incubator 2011), that opens on theatrical release across Canada this month.

For the first time, the incubator will use a peer mentoring approach to match participants, and help to hone and position projects for the international market.

With some of the hottest current and emerging talent from the Caribbean Diaspora, the programme includes 17 projects, representing nine countries and four continents, and will be facilitated by Producer/Director Nicole Brooks, and CTWD Chair Dr. Keith Nurse. The cocoordinator is Malinda (“Docuvixen”) Francis.

Held in conjunction with the Toronto International Film Festival, one of the premiere festivals in the world, participants also get a chance to interact with the thousands of buyers, marketers and producers from around the world who attend the festival, hone their skills in pitching and marketing their Caribbean projects and expand their vision by seeing some of the most brilliant and accomplished films produced around the world.

Hynam said: “I am delighted to be able to represent Barbados at what is the most remarkable celebration and promotion of Caribbean film talent in the world, an event founded by the redoubtable Caribbean filmmaker and distributor Frances-Anne Solomon. I hope to see more Barbadian producers at this event in the future, as it offers an unparalleled introduction to the international world of production and marketing.”

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