( ENSPIRE Business ) CaribbeanTales Inc. Creates Project for Black Filmmakers
ENSPIRE Contributor: Ava Girardi
Award-Winning Filmmaker and Director Member of the Academy, Frances-Anne Solomon founded CaribbeanTales Inc. Now in 2022, she has started her second cohort of the CaribbeanTales Black Incubator and Studio Access Project (CTBISAP) which began on May 19.
CaribbeanTales Inc. encourages people to have an intercultural understanding of films. It also supports the creation of films that reflect the diversity of Canadian heritage and culture. With its first (CTBISAP) launched in March, this program has allowed Black Canadian filmmakers access to training and mentorship opportunities that can aid them as Black entrepreneurs in the media industry. Participants in this program will learn various skills and expertise in developing and producing market access to share their projects.
The Government of Canada supports this program by investing $648,000 through the Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP) Ecosystem Fund. The Federal Economic Development Agency delivered this for Southern Ontario, also known as FedDev Ontario. This agency has worked for over 12 years to make the economy of southern Ontario more diverse and provide funding and business services to support change in this part of Canada.
CaribbeanTales Inc. also introduced the Black Professional Micro-Credential Certificate Program, which involves Black experts who are at the top in their fields. This program provides opportunities for Black individuals to be mentored by people who are successful in their careers. Participants of this program become more confident and gain access to the experience needed for the film and television industry. The courses within this program are Above the Line and Below the Line positions in the media industry, which means participants learn Cinematography to craft a film.
CTBISAP and Black Professional Micro-Credential Certificate Program provides Black created with the necessary tools they need Black experts in the field they are interested in. The mentorship Caribbeantales Inc. provides through these programs allows individuals to become more confident, bring the tools they learned, and positively change the industry with their innovative ideas. Caribbeantales is working to diversify the media industry and allow these Black creators to be recognized for their talent.
Visit the CTBISAP site here!