“As Telefilm increases its efforts to expand the reach of stories and works by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, I am so happy that we can support the CaribbeanTales’ Creators of Colour Incubator program once again. Telefilm is taking steps to help address the imbalances that exist within our film industry. And the CCI reflects the change we need to see onscreen.”
Christa Dickenson, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada
“Ontario Creates is exceptionally pleased to support the Creators of Colour Incubator, run by the talented CaribbeanTales team. With its strong inclusive lens and high caliber content, we are confident that this program will be successful in strengthening the industry workforce in communities throughout the province.”
Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO of Ontario Creates
2021 Big Pitch Jury
Renee Robinson is the Film Commissioner of Jamaica, and a multi-lingual orange economy expert, content strategist, and thought-leader. She has worked in Canada, Europe, USA, Africa, and the Caribbean – in film, television, digital content, and the arts and culture – and is a highly sought speaker on the international film festival circuit.
For more than 15 years, she has led on programming, content strategy, media policy, investment-readiness, and industry intelligence at prestigious institutions such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Women in Film & Television – Toronto, the Harbourfront Centre, the Cultural Development Commission in Jamaica, and since 2016 at the Jamaica Film Commission. She is trained in corporate governance, diversity and inclusion, investment promotion, international trade, project management; and serves on several boards and committees.
Renee has an MA / MBA in Communications and Cultural Policy with a specialization in Telecom Regulation and Arts Management from York University; and a BA (Hons) in Art Studio and Art History from Williams College. A ‘dip-brat’ and a multi-lingual third culture kid, Renee has travelled to over 40 countries, and in her ‘spare’ time is a certified advanced diver, a trained yogi, an amateur sommelier, a medicinal herbalist, and an adrenaline junkie. Renee used to be ENTP, is now INFJ – and is also that person who says: “I know who you need to meet. I’ll introduce you….”
I am the founder and Chairman of the British Urban Film Festival and was invited to become a BAFTA voting member in December 2020.
In December 2019 it was announced in the 2020 New Year’s honours list that I was to be awarded with an MBE for services to the Black and Minority Ethnic film industry. I received my medal from HRH Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in March 2020.
In a career which has spanned 19 years to date, I have worked for Channels Television News in London, BFM (Black Filmmaker Magazine), and the Screennation awards, have written for both The Voice newspaper and The TV Collective, and have also produced and presented film programmes for Colourful Radio. I was previously headhunted for the post of head of cinema at the Barbican.
I founded the British Urban Film Festival in July 2005 to showcase urban independent cinema in the absence of any such state-sponsored activity in the UK (at the time). To date, the festival has screened over 500 films, facilitating broadcast platforms for a majority of Black and urban independent writers, actors, actresses, producers and directors on Apple TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, the BBC i-player, Channel 4, Community Channel (now Together TV), Showcase TV and London Live. In October 2020, the festival was granted with BAFTA qualifying status for British Short Films.
In February 2018, I co-founded BUFF Originals, launched to act as the production and distribution arm of the British Urban Film Festival. My debut feature – No Shade – was released in UK cinemas in November 2018, making director Clare Anyiam-Osigwe the 6th Black British female director (to date) to secure theatrical distribution in over 120 years. In December 2020, Clare (my wife) won an African Movie Academy award for No Shade.’
Lea Marin is the Director of Development, Drama, for the CBC, and is responsible for driving and overseeing the quality and diversity of the drama development slate. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Producers’ Lab, prior to joining the CBC, Lea was a Senior Producer with the National Film Board of Canada where she developed and produced several documentaries and interactive projects. Some of her credits include Charles Officer’s Unarmed Verses, Astra Taylor’s What Is Democracy?, and Chelsea McMullan’s My Prairie Home.
Usman Mullan is an Development Producer at BBC Writersroom. He looks after writer development across TV, Radio and digital platforms, producing New Writing talent Initiatives, opportunities and events for writers across the North of England and beyond. His speciality is identifying, nurturing and developing new screenwriting talent and finding them opportunities across the BBC. He has worked on new talent schemes In partnership with BBC production departments in TV Drama, BBC Children’s, Radio, BBC Studios, and independent production companies across the UK. Usman has worked across scripted development and production for TV, audio, digital and social media content across a multitude of genres. He’s worked for CBeebies and CBBC, where he produced the award-winning interactive series, ZAPCHAT for CBBC’s THE WORST WITCH and digital drama content for shows such as THE DUMPING GROUND. He recently worked on BBC iPlayer’s teen monologue series SPARKS, for which he co-produced and script edited four short films from diverse emerging UK talent.
Carlene Marshall-King has worked in the world of Film and Television for more than 20 years. She started her career at the BBC as a floor assistant and swiftly worked her way through the ranks of production via experience as a stage manager, location manager, first-assistant director and line producer. Her accreditations range across a variety of BAFTA award-winning programme’s including “EastEnders”, ‘Later with Jools’, “‘Mistresses’, ‘Horrible Histories’, ‘Pulling’, ‘Wedding Belles’, “The Office” and ‘The Inbetweeners’. In 2012, Carlene was appointed Head of Production for Comedy and Drama at Fremantle Media overseeing a number of primetime programmes, in particular ‘Birds of a Feather’, ‘The IT Crowd’, ‘Phoneshop’, ‘Count Arthur Strong’, “Chewing gum dreams” and ‘Suspects’. In June 2017 Carlene produced a short film with “Rushes” which was awarded runner up in the Cannes Lion Straight8 competition and came 1st in the audience vote award. More recently she has Produced an Urban Myth “Les Miserable” for Sky Arts with and Line Produced Tv Film “Torvill & Dean”.
In her spare time she produces shorts and promos, most notably ‘The Ring Cycle’ with Natalie Dormer and “Wait so long” with the British artist Plan B. A keen sports fan, Carlene is proud to be a Liverpool FC supporter.