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July 17, 2019

CineFAM Brings 7 International Projects from Women of Colour to DFM

Seven International projects led by women of colour creators will participate in the Durban Film Mart (DFM), as part of the CineFAM Co-production Accelerator Program.

The Accelerator Program is led by Frances-Anne Solomon, award-winning filmmaker, writer, producer, curator, and entrepreneur in film, TV, radio and theatre. She is partnered with industry activist Kethiwe Ngcobo — award winning Producer, and Former Head of Drama, SABC.  They are joined by an accomplished team of mentors that includes Mehernaz Lentin, Director at CBC Films, and Nicole Mendes, CBC Production Executive.

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Frances-Anne Solomon, founder of CineFAM and CEO of the CaribbeanTales Media Group, with South African producer Zikethiwe Ngcobo of Fuzebox Entertainment.

The CineFAM 2019 program, which is produced in partnership with DFM, will consist of a series of workshops in Canada and South Africa, which will kickstart original co-productions led by experienced and seasoned female producers, writers and directors from both countries.

Project – Life after Death

Participant – Bridget Pickering

In the remote northern Namibian village of Oshaantu, two women, ALI and KAUNA, form a friendship which sees them through the criticism of prying pious neighbours.

Country – South Africa / Namibia

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From left to right: Bridget Pickering, Sylvia Vollenhoven, Reabetswe Moeti, Ayanda Halimana

Project – Buckingham Palace

Participant – Sylvia Vollenhoven

It’s the Sixties in South Africa and in District Six, the heart of Cape Town, an exuberant melting pot is thriving but then bulldozers are sent in…

Country – South Africa

Project – Esidimeni

Participant – Reabetswe Moeti 

Two brothers, Langa and Nhlakanipho, once inseparable, come to a crossroads when ‘Nipho’ who suffers from a severe mental disorder, becomes too much for his brother’s young family to handle.

Country – South Africa

Project – One day in June

Participant – Ayanda Halimana

Soon after Zenande was born, her mother threw her in a dustbin and she was picked up by a stranger…

Country – South Africa

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Still from Caribbean Girl NYC Pilot

Project – Caribbean Girl NYC

Participant – Mariette Monpierre

Isabelle, fresh off the plane from Guadeloupe, dreams of being rich, famous and finding love in The Big Apple. There’s only one problem: She has no working papers and no money!  An original series following the lives of four young Caribbean women living the life in NYC.

Country – France / Canada

Project Name – Fish

Participant – Reem Morsi

Name, a 19 year old Muslim girl has no memory of how she arrived in Canada. She works as  a night janitor, and feels completely invisible to the world, until…

Country – Egypt / Canada

Project Name – Finding Zendaya

Participant – Patricia Bebia Mawa 

Zendaya, a mixed-race Canadian woman uses her passion for dance as the guiding light into the continent that is home to her ancestors.

Country – Nigeria / Canada

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From right to left: Mariette Monpierre, Reem Morsi and Patricia Bebia Mawa

CineFAM was founded four years ago by filmmaker and producer Frances-Anne Solomon, because women of colour are woefully under-represented and under-paid in the global industry, including South Africa and Canada. The CineFAM Accelerator Program is specifically geared to building capacity and creative leadership among women creatives and producers.

CineFAM is a Haitian Creole word meaning “films by women.” Registered as a not-for-profit in Canada, the company aims to support bold, original film stories by Women of Colour Creators Worldwide. Since 2016, its program includes: an annual 1-day film festival in Toronto, Canada; a Micro-cinema program for emerging filmmakers; a feature film incubator for Canadian directors, and a partnership with the Durban Filmmart to develop South Africa / Canada co-productions led by African women.

In 2017, CineFAM  and the Durban FilmMart joined forces for the first time to host the inaugural CineFAM – South Africa Accelerator. The winning producer — Mary Ann Mandishona — attended the renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator Program in Canada, where she won Third Prize for Best Pitch.

Also in 2017, CineFAM-SA in association with South African Women in Film & Television (SWIFT) held a Short Film Challenge. The winning short — The Walk — was screened at the First CineFAM Film Festival in Canada in September 2017.

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