“Women [and non-binary filmmakers] of colour continue to be woefully under-represented and underpaid in the North American film industry — including Canada… our aim is to create a pipeline of programs that will ensure representation…in the media industries, facilitating a paradigm shift.” says Frances Anne Solomon, CineFAM founder, award winning filmmaker and Academy member.
CineFAM Film Festival will hold its media launch August 31, at 7pm to announce its 2021 program. The festival celebrates its 5th milestone year. The number 5 represents curiosity, freedom, and change. The festival theme this year, “5 Years of Limitless Imagination” embodies this.
The reveal includes its list of this year’s notable women and non-binary filmmakers of colour and a panel discussion with new and returning filmmakers. Attendees will also get a brief glimpse into Roxanne Stewart-Johnson’s film, “A Psychiatric Refugee,” making its Canadian premier.
Festival Highlights are…
CineFAM’s opening night themed “The Beauty Of Film ” on Saturday October 23 is hosted by Tenika Davis, model and actress (Jumping The Broom, Wrong Turn, Jupiter’s Legacy). Following that, is a mixer hosted by Talk Show Host, Karen Carrington with entertainment by the dynamic improv comedy duo Coko & Daphney. CineFAM’s Award Ceremony themed “Understand History, Innovate Future” takes place on October 24.
Leading up to the festival is the CineFAM ShopTalk / Behind The Lens panel series, happening every Wednesday at 7pm EST, starting September 15 until October 13. The five panel topics, in order of which they air are Cinematography, Innovation/ Setting New Standards, Asian Representation, Story Telling/Writing, and Love Through Our Lens.
It is free to attend CineFAM’s film festival and ShopTalk/Behind The Lens panels which air on CaribbeanTales-TV and Facebook. Register at CineFAM.ca for an all-access festival pass and to find out more details.
CineFAM was established to support bold, original stories by women and non-binary creators of colour around the globe. Since 2016, CineFAM has celebrated by bringing an innovative and exciting film festival, a short film challenge for emerging filmmakers and a partnership with the Durban Filmmart to develop South African/Canadian co-productions led by African women. Always moving forward, 2019 saw CineFAM launch its first Feature Film Incubator for Canadian women and non-binary directors of colour.