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Toronto, On - CaribbeanTales International Film Festival, (CTFF) founded by award winning filmmaker and Academy member Frances-Anne Solomon, recognized filmmakers with a special awards evening.  This year’s films showcased diverse stories and cultures from new and returning filmmakers.

CTFF also focused on climate change and solutions through the 2023 programming theme of Eco-survivors. The awards were handed out, Sunday September 17th at Harbourfront Center.  Congratulations to this year’s recipients…

Best Feature Documentary
It is not Past 08 12 1982 - Ida Does (The Netherlands)

Best Short Documentary - TIED
Territory - Jael Joseph (Commonwealth of Dominica)
Negra, Yo Soy Bella – Vashni Korin (Puerto Rico)

Best Short Film
Here Ends the World We’ve Known - Anne-Sophie Nanki (Guadeloupe)

Best Comedy
My Maxi - Andrei J Pierre (Trinidad & Tobago)

Best Animation
It's Nice in Here - Robert-Jonathan Koeyers (The Netherlands)

Caribbean Spirit Award
Tabanca - Lauren Marsden (Canada)

Intersect Award
My Lady of the Camelia - Edouard Montoute (France)

Impact Award
Powerlands - Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso (USA)

Innovation Award
Yubism: Life and Art of Yubi Kirindongo - Corry van Heijningen (Curaçao)

Best Cinematography
Eden River - Jack Evans (Belize/USA)

Festival highlights include the September 9th, celebration of Dr. Hon. Jean Augustine's birthday, CTFF had the honor of presenting Dr. Roy Francis Cape with the very first Augustine Award of Excellence at the Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine Award & Celebration Night.

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The remarkable Dr. Roy Francis Cape is an outstanding saxophonist and the driving force behind the Roy Cape All Stars and the Roy Cape Foundation. With a remarkable career spanning nearly six decades, Dr. Cape was not only a musician but also a talented arranger, composer, and writer.

CTFF also had the privilege to announce as part of the evening’s celebration, a special performance by Ossie Gurley and a group of exceptional musicians. This tribute wasn't just a performance; it was a heartfelt journey through Dr. Cape's incredible legacy, carefully put together by Gurley and his fellow artists. CTFF continues until September 22nd. Catch all the festival films online.

CaribbeanTales International Film Festival is already working on 2024. A reminder to filmmakers that festival submissions will open October 1st on FilmFreeway.  

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CaribbeanTales Media Group provides a comprehensive pipeline for film and television productions. We collaborate with black creators and creators of colour, developing and producing compelling content.

Our annual film festivals showcase these works, fostering connections and celebrating diverse perspectives. CTMG provides financing and global distribution through online platforms, ensuring these stories resonate worldwide. We champion quality and authenticity, empowering voices that have been marginalized. 

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