• Frances-Anne Solomon
  • Nicole Brooks


Frances-Anne Solomon is an award-winning filmmaker of Caribbean heritage and a writer, producer and director in film, TV, Radio and New Media. She was born in England to Trinidadian parents and educated in Trinidad, Canada, England and France. She then went on to build a successful career over thirteen years in England with the BBC as a TV Drama Producer and Executive Producer. In 2000, she returned to Toronto where she continued to create direct and produce her own project. In 2001 she successfully launch the first CaribbeanTales project. Today, the latter has grown into a group of companies – the CaribbeanTales Media Group — that produces, markets and sells Caribbean-themed audio-visual content across the globe.



Nicole Brooks is a Toronto-based filmmaker, director, performer, singer, playwright, composer, curator, teacher and ‘art-ivist’. She has developed the concept of “harmonized storytelling”; blending media and performing arts, Brooks has spent over 15 years envisioning narratives that illuminate the peoples of the African Diaspora.

Through her company Asah Productions Inc., founded in 2005, Brooks has generated a body of work for stage and screen. Highlights include ECHO (Sun TV), How She Move, and Aferee, an African dance documentary shot in Senegal. Brooks also produced three consecutive seasons of Divine Restoration (Vision TV), segment produced Living in Toronto for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and acted as story editor for Lord Have Mercy (Vision TV/Leda Serene) – Canada’s first multicultural sitcom.

Currently, Brooks is back in development with Obeah Opera which had its worldwide premiere in PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC, an arts and culture festival celebrating the TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games. Concurrently, she is developing her first feature length documentary, in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada: a portrait of internationally acclaimed chanteuse and legend Salome Bey.

  • Andrew Millington
  • Mary Wells
  • Suzette Zayden
  • Dr. Keith Nurse
  • Christopher Laird
  • John Reid
  • Annette Nias


Andrew Millington is an independent filmmaker and educator born in Barbados. He is the writer, director and editor of the narrative feature film Guttaperc (2000). Zora’s Dream, another feature is scheduled for re-release in October 2016. He is currently producing a documentary Sugar, spirits and Sovereignty, a historical treatment of the evolution of Barbadian society and will begin production on a new film John Crow Paradise in 2017 through his production company Shango Films LLC. He serves as Senior Lecturer in Motion Picture Arts at the Errol Barrow Center for the Creative Imagination, University of the West Indies in Barbados and holds an MFA in Film from Howard University in Washington, DC.

Mary Wells (JAMAICA):

Mary Wells is an award winning independent film Director/ Writer and Producer based partly in Jamaica.  She has worked for Government Broadcasting, US Cable TV, a private production company and has over twenty five years experience in television and film production.  Her work has consisted mainly of small documentaries and dramas for young adults and children for mostly the Caribbean region.  In 1999, her short documentary, “Now Jimmy!” was awarded “Outstanding Documentary from the Caribbean” in the Sheryl Lee Ralph Film & Music Festival and it was also accepted: in the prestigious, Toronto Int’l Film Festival, 2002.  In 2013, she Directed, Wrote and Produced her first feature narrative film, “Kingston Paradise” and is the first woman from Jamaica to do a feature film.  She studied Television Production and the Theatre Arts in Washington DC and continues to do Film/TV production work of all kinds.


Suzette Zayden is a Belizean filmmaker passionate about promoting Caribbean films regionally and internationally. She holds an MPhil in Screenwriting from University of Bergen, Norway, a Diploma in Film Production from Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television of San Antonio de Los Banos, Cuba, and a BA In Communications (TV Production) from Loyola University, New Orleans. She is currently the Coordinator of the Film and Media Arts Unit for NICH – Belize’s National Institute of Culture & History – an office that facilitates the Belize Film Commission, the Belize International Film Festival of which she is the founder and current director, and all things pertaining to film in Belize.


Dr. Keith Nurse is the Caribbean’s foremost creative industries’ expert with wide and varied international and regional expertise in his field. He has held senior positions and consultancies with governments, NGOs and international, regional and national agencies. He has taught at the University of the West Indies and the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is a former director at two state-owned enterprises in Trinidad and Tobago: National Petroleum Marketing Company and National Agro-Chemicals Ltd. He is also a director at Media 21 Ltd., Contemporary Caribbean Arts Ltd. (CCA 7) and a former director at the Entertainment Industry Development and Export Company.

Keith is a founding Director and Board Chair of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution. His international network of colleagues as well as his integrated expertise in economics, business development, higher education and cultural diversity serve to enrich the strategic capacity of the 3D Project and to promote its ability to build and realize sustainable growth.

Senior Executive Director


Christopher Laird has produced over 300 documentaries, dramas and other video productions with Banyan Ltd. over the past 40 years garnering a score of national, regional and international awards. He has overseen the establishment of what is arguably the world’s largest collection of Caribbean culture on video in the Caribbean Film and Video Archive. In 2003 he founded, with Errol Fabien, the region’s first all Caribbean free to air television station, Gayelle. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of the West Indies.

John Reid (USA):

John Reid is the new interim CEO of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) and former president of Columbus Communications. John Reid’s entire 28 year career, apart from the year he completed his undergraduate degree, has been spent in the cable television and telecommunications industry, where he has developed a record for driving growth, leading complex integrations and introducing a culture of innovation and employee satisfaction, first in Canada, and during the past 11 years, across the Caribbean.

Over the past 11 years, John has led the launch of Digital Cable TV, IPTV, Broadband Internet and IP Telephony service in several Caribbean countries.

Annette Nias (Barbados):

ANNETTE NIAS was first introduced to the world of theatre and the arts under the tutelage of the late Daphne Joseph-Hackett at Queen’s College. She started writing poetry and prose in her formative years, gaining inspiration since then from being published in various newspapers, magazines, books and from winning awards in several poetry competitions.

She has functioned as a performer, director, producer, production coordinator, technical director, and stage manager for many concerts, plays, musicals, festivals, fashion shows, film and television productions, festivals, carnivals, etc. in Barbados and abroad. She has managed and designed presentations for several artistic individuals and entities in Barbados, Trinidad and Antigua. During the period 1991 – 1992, she fulfilled the role of General Manager at Sheraton Centre, the largest shopping mall in Barbados.

At the National Cultural Foundation Annette has functioned as Theatre Arts Officer since its inception in 1983, as well as Administrative Officer, Literary Arts Officer, Technical Officer, Business Development Officer and Film and Photography Officer.
She is currently employed as Film Commissioner with the Cultural Industries Development Authority, a division of the Ministry of Culture, Barbados.

  • Renee Robinson
  • Michael Pradier
  • Eloise Van Wickeren

Renee Robinson (JAMAICA):

Renee Robinson, Strategist and CEO at Strategic Screen, is a media industry creative strategist and thought-leader with management experience in programming, regulation/policy, strategic planning, and industry intelligence – both in Canada and internationally. Prior to relocating to Toronto in 2008, Renee advised on policy development and industry intelligence to the Ministers of Culture, Entertainment, Tourism, and Foreign Affairs in Jamaica. Renee holds a MA in Communications and Culture with a specialization in Telecommunication policy.

Michel Pradier – Telefilm Canada –  Director, Project Financing

Michel Pradier is a 13-year veteran of Telefilm Canada. Beginning as a financial analyst for the film and television units, he became head of the television unit before being appointed interim director of the Quebec regional office in 2001. The following year, Michel was appointed Director of French Operations at the Québec regional office.

Before arriving at Telefilm, Michel occupied executive and financial analyst positions at SODEC between 1991 and 1997. He had been associated with film and media production for 10 years before that. In his current role, Michel is responsible for the full range of feature films productions being considered for funding. He is adept at target-setting and performance measures that have a great bearing on Telefilm’s decision-making process

Eloise van Wickeren – Curacao Film Commissioner

The recent successes of films ‘Tula: The Revolt’ and ‘Double Play’, that were produced on the Island, have convinced the Ministry of Economic Development of Curaçao that the film industry can be a new economic pillar for the Island. 

That is why, after extensive research, the Ministry has recently appointed the first Film Commissioner on Curaçao. 

This Film Commissioner has been appointed for the next two years and together with the Department of Economic Development and Innovation, will develop a film policy that will not only sustain the local film industry but will also attract more international filmmakers to choose Curaçao as their film location of choice. 

Miss Eloise van Wickeren was born and raised on the Island of Curaçao and after receiving her Master of Arts from the University of Amsterdam, she moved back to her Island to apply her skills there. She has had extensive experience in filmmaking on the Island, writing and directing several documentaries and short films, but also doing location management for both feature films shot on the Island,’ Tula: The Revolt’ and ‘Double Play’. She speaks 4 languages like many people in Curaçao and knows the Island by heart. 

Her experience makes her the right person for this job and she is determined to make a difference for her community in the coming years. 

The main priority for the Film Commissioner is the development of a Red-Carpet Policy where everything will be done to facilitate the production of film on the Island. This Red-Carpet treatment means that several procedures, like immigration, permits, and import need to be adapted to the needs of the film industry. But also, that incentives need to be developed that will make Curaçao more attractive to International filmmakers to choose Curaçao as their next filming destination. 

  • Faisal Lutchmedial

Faisal Lutchmedial (CANADA):

Faisal won the WGC Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program and was assigned to the writing room of The Listener – Season 4. He was then hired to work as the story editor to the webseries. His first professional short, Useless Things (2009, 16 min), won the Writers Guild’s English Script Prize at the Festival Nouveau Cinema, and more recently, he directed Mr. Crab (2012, 9 min), which aired nationally on the CBC Short Film Face Off. In addition to writing/directing, Faisal shot and edited Burgundy Jazz, a Radio- Canada webseries that was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award last year.

  • Chantal Dos Santos

This is Chantal’s first year joining the CaribbeanTales family and is thrilled to be a part as the CTI coordinator, stretching her skills while contributing greatly to the company’s flagship program.