Frances-Anne Solomon - Artistic Director & Founder

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Frances-Anne Solomon is an accomplished filmmaker, writer, and producer in film, TV, radio, theatre, and new media. Born in England of Trinidadian parents, she was raised and educated in the Caribbean and Canada before moving to Great Britain where she built a successful career with the BBC as a Drama Producer and Executive Producer. Since her return to Toronto in 2000, she has continued to create, direct, write and produce her own projects.Her most recent film, A Winter Tale, has received many prestigious international awards, including most recently at FESPACO 2009  (Africa's Oscars held biannually in Burkina Faso West Africa) where it was nominated for, and won Special Mention in The Paul Robeson Diaspora Category.

Her other directing credits include the feature film Peggy Su! (BBC Films, 1997); the drama What My Mother Told Me (Channel 4 1995), and  Bideshi (British Film Institute 1994); and documentaries Literature  Alive (Bravo!/OMNI, 2006), Reunion (BBC,1993), and I Is A Long  Memoried Woman (Arts Council of England 1991).

As well as directing, Frances-Anne is the Artistic Director and President of the two companies she founded, Leda Serene Films, her film and television production vehicle, and CaribbeanTales, a prolific not for profit company that makes multimedia products aimed at the educational market.

Most recently she created, produced and directed the multi-facetted Literature Alive project, comprising 20 documentaries exploring the life and work of Caribbean authors from the 60's through the hip-hop generation (for Bravo! CLT, BookTV, and OMNI TV); a series of audio books (for the Trillium Foundation), and the DCH funded educational website LiteratureAliveOnline.

She was the Co-creator, Producer and Director of Lord Have Mercy! Canada's multi-cultural hit sitcom, which aired on Vision TV, Toronto/ one, Showcase and APTN in 2003 and was nominated for two Gemini Awards: Best Comedy series, and Best Individual Performer (Leonie Forbes) She is the Founder and curator of The CaribbeanTales Annual Film Festival which is Canada’s one and only forum for showcasing the best of Caribbean cinema, at home and abroad, classical and Creole, digital and celluloid. With a growing international awareness of the Caribbean’s burgeoning media industry, the CaribbeanTales Annual Film Festival aims to entertain and educate through a series of industry panels, filmmakers’ discussions, and presentations on both historical and contemporary filmmaking throughout the Caribbean and the rest of the diaspora.

This year 2009 marked the launch of another Frances-Anne Solomon project - The CaribbeanTales Youth Film festival Celebrating Black History Month, which this year honored acclaimed African American director Julie Dash.

Between 1992-98, Frances-Anne was a Producer and Executive Producer for BBC Single Drama &
Films, responsible for several films and TV movies, including the Black Screen strand, (for black writers, producers and directors) and Screen on the Tube (for new feature directors). Productions include, Speak Like A Child, director John Akomfrah, Love Is The Devil, director John Maybury, The Sixth Happiness, director Waris Hossein, Flight, director Alex Pillai and Siren Spirits, directors Ngozi Onwurah, Pratibha Parmar and Dani Williamson. She previously worked as a radio drama producer/director for the BBC, producing some 35 radio plays, and as a documentary researcher and director for The Bandung File (Channel 4) and Ebony (BBC2).

She studied Theatre at the University of Toronto with Steve Martineau and Ken Gass, and poetry with Jay MacPherson; and trained as a film director in the UK at Bristol University’s RFT Programme and the prestigious BBC Drama Directors Course.

 
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