The Show Must Goes On-(Line)
Caribbean Tales Film Festival is going online!
The theatres were booked, the movies picked and the stars were making plans to come to the city and walk the Caribbean Tales International’s (CTFF) red carpet this September. On Wednesday the CTFF advised the Caribbean Camera’s Stephen Weir that while the show must go on, it will not be taking place in any bijous in the year of COVID 19!
“It is not happening in theatres this year. It will be a live-stream festival,” spokeswoman Fennella Bruce told the Caribbean Camera. “ It won't (be held in any movie house), unless there is a drastic change in COVID-19 protocol from Provincial and Toronto Health Officials.”
As well, during the summer months there will be community programming made available through the festival’s innovative subscription-based digital streaming platform. The Video-On-Demand CaribbeanTales-TV (CT-TV) platform will offer African & Caribbean-heritage films and TV programs to a worldwide auidence.
“For 15 years CaribbeanTales has amplified our Caribbean stories and allowed Toronto audiences access to films they wouldn’t otherwise see,” said Festival Director Diana Webley. “Now that we have had to move the festival to an online platform due to COVID-19, we expect to have even more people watching our live-stream from the comfort of their homes.”
The list of full length and short movies that will be shown during the festival will be released at a July 8th online media launch. The evening’s festivities include a retrospect of CTFF’s history and the cast talkback and the screening of CTFF founder Frances-Anne Solomon’s award-winning film Hero: Inspired by the Extraordinary Life and Times of Mr. Ulric Cross.
As part of the festival programming, a free screening of Hero will also be made available for viewers in the Toronto area who can’t make it to the launch.
The award winning film stars Trinidad’s Nickolai Salcedo in the lead role of Ulric Cross, Peter Williams (Stargate SG1), Joseph Marcell (Fresh Prince of Bel Air) and Ghanaian superstars John Dumelo, Adjetey Anang and Prince David Oseia.
The Caribbean Camera will update readers on Festival summer programming and the Caribbean films that will be coming to Toronto this September.