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Toronto’s CaribbeanTales Film Festival Releases its Stellar Lineup of Films

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CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) in Toronto released its lineup of films, marking 16 years of amplifying and elevating voices from the African and Caribbean Diaspora.

“Before CTFF, there weren’t any Canadian film festivals that focused solely on African and Caribbean heritage,” exclaimed Festival Director Diana Webley. “We’re so excited that this year, half of our filmmakers or films are Canadian because they bring the unique perspective of African and Caribbean people in Canada.”

CTFF runs from September 8th to 24th for 13 nights on the Video-On-Demand platform CaribbeanTales-TV (CT-TV), with the Canadian Premiere of the Opening Night Feature Film, “Becoming a Queen,” directed by Chris Strikes (Canada, 2021). The documentary tells the story of Joella Crichton, a Toronto Caribbean Carnival legend and nine-time winner of the Queen of Carnival as she attempts to win an historic tenth crown. 

A showcase of short and feature length films, viewers will have the opportunity to engage in panels and talk backs with actors and directors. CT-TV is a state-of-the-art subscription based streaming platform that hosts a broad library of African & Caribbean heritage films and TV programs.

The virtual CTFF media launch was hosted by renowned Canadian poet Dwayne Morgan and featured special messages from Festival founder and award-winning director Frances Anne-Solomon and long standing Caribbean Tales Media Group (CTMG) board member Denise Herrera Jackson. Viewers were treated to a sneak peek ofAkilla’s Escape” (Canada, 2020) followed by a talk back with critically acclaimed director Charles Officer.

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