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Countdown to The Big Pitch at TIFF

(Toronto, ON) – Join CaribbeanTales Media Group (CTMG) and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for The BIG Pitch on Sunday September 10, 2023, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Luma Lounge from 8:00am – 10:30am followed by CTMG’s Red Hot Networking Mixer from 11:00am – 12:00pm.

“This is an opportunity to see and hear about potential series and film projects at their infancy stage – and it’s not an easy process,” explains CaribbeanTales Festival Director Diana Webley. “These are the best pitches presented in three minutes by 12 mid-career participants from our two incubator programs. They are vying for prizes, and a deal from any of the industry folks that come to watch the competition mining for future gems.”

The BIG Pitch is the last step in the nine-month CaribbeanTales Black Incubator and Studio Access Project (CTBISAP) and the CineFam Limitless Incubator, which champions the creativity of women and non-binary people of colour. CTBISAP aims to provide comprehensive training to Black Canadian filmmakers, covering all aspects from creation to monetization.

This year’s program cohort includes:

  • Celestina Aleobua & Naira Adedeji with a TV series, Jaded

  • Andrea Martina Crowther with a feature film Labranza

  • Mahlena-Rae Johnson withELLIES, an episodic series

  • Atefeh Khademolreza with a TV series, Fish Island

  • Nauzanin Knight with an animated series, Happy Pappy

  • KhaRå Martin with feature film, Scarborough Love

  • Giselle Miller with a web series called Novelette is Trying

  • Vanessa Mitchell with Baked Goods, a TV series

  • Chelsea Nyomi with feature film Blooming Dancer

  • Vicky Plancher withDorsin and Brown, a feature film

  • Lulu Wei with feature documentary, What’s My Name?

Mentors include Founder and CEO of CaribbeanTales Media Group, Frances-Anne Solomon, Director of Engagement and Inclusion at CBC, Nick Davis, Line Producer and Production Manager Moe Rai, Award-winning Director and Producer Sudz Sutherland, and David Hamilton of Hamilton-Mehta Productions.

Both TIFF industry pass holders and the audience can vote for their favourite presentation alongside the industry judges. Big Pitch tickets available HERE . A rush line for TIFF industry pass holders will be available in person on the day of the event, space permitting.

Additionally, CaribbeanTales-TV will be streaming the event.


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