Funded by Telefilm Canada, Ontario Creates, the Canada Media Fund, the British Council, the High Commission of Canada in Trinidad and Tobago, JAMPRO, and Hall Webber, the Big Pitch! affords BIPOC filmmakers an opportunity to pitch their projects to an industry audience. This competitive event is the culmination of the six-week long Creators of Colour Incubator where mid-career filmmakers hone their film or series projects through mentorship, pitch practice sessions, and industry meetings.
In our 12th year of the incubator, we are focusing on UK–Canada co-productions led by creators of colour and will present five projects to the TIFF virtual audience as well as to an industry jury. The jury will vote on the viability/marketability of the project and the strength of the concept. In the past, winners have taken home cash and in-kind prizes from industry sponsors. This year’s filmmakers include Frida Banks (East is West), Mary Wells (Moya’s Love), Tarique Qayumi (Kabul Kitchen), Nadean Rawlins and Letay Williams (Traytown), and Mariel Brown, Lesley-Anne Macfarlene, and Tracy Farrag (1990). The Mentors of CCI 2021 are Nick Davis, Barbara Emile, Anthony Farrell, Moe Rai and Tamara Dawit. Opening remarks by Frances-Anne Solomon, CCI Founder and Executive Director of CaribbeanTales Media Group, and CCI Lead Mentor, Nick Davis.