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Categories and Fees

  • Feature Film - Narrative

    A scripted film with actors. The narrative is the main focus, how the director shapes the story for the medium of the film. A feature film is a film (also called a movie, motion picture or just film) with a running time long enough to be considered the principal or sole film to fill a program. The notion of how long this should be has varied according to time and place. This running time is over 40 minutes.
  • Feature Film - Documentary

    A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record. “Documentary” has been described as a “filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception” that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.
  • Short Film - Narrative

    A scripted film with actors. The narrative is the main focus, how the director shapes the story for the medium of the film. Short films are usually less than 40 minutes.
  • Short Film - Documentary

    A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record. Short documentaries are less than 30 minutes.
FEES FOR FEATURE LENGTH FILMS
  • Earlybird Deadline – $45  USD
  • Regular Deadline –  $60  USD
  • Late Deadline – $75  USD
  • Extended Deadline – $90  USD
FEES FOR SHORT FILMS
  • Earlybird Deadline – $20  USD
  • Regular Deadline – $30  USD
  • Late Deadline – $45  USD
  • Extended Deadline – $50  USD
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  • AWARDS
  • F.A.Qs
  • Selection & Audience

CaribbeanTales International Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.

All awards at CTFF are decided by a jury of industry professionals and are presented annually.

Best Picture Award – Sponsored by CaribbeanTales Wordwide Distribution

Celebrates the best in new Caribbean cinema

Best Documentary Award –

Celebrates the best in Caribbean documentary filmmaking

Caribbean Spirit –

Awarded to the film that best embodies the extraordinary dynamism and diversity of Caribbean heritage

What genres do you accept?

  • All lengths and genres accepted.

Do I have to be from the Caribbean?

  • CaribbeanTales seeks works made by filmmakers from Caribbean backgrounds and/or that celebrate and explore Caribbean themes, and themes of interest and relevance to people from the Caribbean Diaspora.

Do you accept online submissions?

  • Preview copy must be sent through secure online storage via the entry form

What formats do you accept for Screening?

  • The participant must pay print shipping costs to Toronto. The festival will pay the cost of shipping exhibition prints back to the participant.  Please do not send preview or screening copies by courier, as these may incur customs and duties charges. CaribbeanTales will not cover these charges, and will refuse the package.

Do I need a poster and/still shots?

  • Please have your marketing materials ready. We do a significant amount of marketing for the festival and without proper imagery it is difficult to promote films.
  • Please provide a HIGH RES POSTER image for your film (at least 800x1200px minimum 150dpi).
  • Include 2 STILL SHOTS from your film
  • Include 2 PRODUCTION STILLS.

Do I need a press package?

  • Please have your Electronic Press Kit (EPK) ready for submission in the form.

Does my film have to be in English?

  • Films in foreign languages must be subtitled in English.

Can I mail my entry form?

  • All film submissions must be completed online.

What do you do with submitted films?

  • All preview copies will be added to CT’s archives for consideration in our year-round international programming, unless filmmaker indicates in writing that they do not wish it so.

WHO CHOOSES THE FILMS

Our International Jury is made up of filmmakers and industry stakeholders who will view and vote on each film as it fits within the year’s theme. Programming limitations will determine the Jury’s final selections.

 

OUR AUDIENCES

As the Festival’s reputation has grown, our loyal audiences have expanded in diversity and in numbers. More and more film lovers are joining us for this unique chance to enjoy a range of multicultural and indigenous stories that reflect quite distinctive worlds – and may be told in French, German, Dutch, Spanish, English, and all their Creole dialects.

CTFF takes place at the same time as TIFF each September in Toronto, when film professionals and industry stakeholders come from all over the world in active search of films for their own festivals. We do not compete with TIFF. We offer unique complementary enjoyment.

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