Frances-Anne Solomon is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, producer, curator, and entrepreneur 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 TV Drama Producer and Executive Producer. Productions included Love is the Devil by John Maybury, and Speak Like A Child by John Akomfrah, both of which she executive produced for the BBC.
Frances-Anne moved to Toronto in 2000, where she continued to create, write, direct, and produce her own projects. Her film A Winter Tale received many prestigious international awards, including at Fespaco 2009 (Africa’s Oscars held biannually in Burkina Faso West Africa) where it won The Paul Robeson Award for Best Diaspora Film.
Other directing credits include the feature film Peggy Su! (BBC Films, 1997); What My Mother Told Me (Channel 4 1995), Bideshi (British Film Institute 1994); and documentaries Literature Alive (Bravo!/OMNI, 2006), Reunion 2 (BBC,1993), and I Is A Long Memoried Woman (Arts Council of England 1991). She also produced and directed films and television programs through her production company Leda Serene Films.
She produced the multi-award winning feature Kingston Paradise, with director Mary Wells – the first feature film written and directed by a Jamaican woman. She was the Co-creator, Producer and Director of Lord Have Mercy! Canada’s hit Caribbean 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 CEO of the CaribbeanTales Media Group, based in Barbados and Toronto – a group of companies that creates, produces, markets, and sells Caribbean-themed film and television content for global audiences. It includes the CaribbeanTales Incubator Program, a development and production hub for original content; CaribbeanTalesFlix – the production arm; the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (now in its 14th year) that takes place in Toronto; CaribbeanTales-TV, an SVOD platform; and The CaribbeanTales Youth Film festival, a unique screening series that showcases Africentric films for high school and university audiences.
Other initiatives include RED HOT, promoting new work by emerging creators of color; CineFAM – that supports bold film stories by Women Creators of Color, and #INTERSECT – film narratives by Queer and Trans Filmmakers of Color.
In 2010, together with Caribbean cultural industries specialist, Dr. Keith Nurse, media personality and producer-director, Lisa Wickham, businessman, Dr. Terrence Farrell and filmmaker Mary Wells, she launched CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, the first-of-its-kind film distribution company in the English speaking Caribbean, dedicated to the monetization of Caribbean diasporic content.
She has lectured in Film at the University of the West Indies, and made presentations on her work at NYU and Duke University. She began her television career at Banyan Productions in Trinidad, studied Theatre at the University of Toronto with Steve Martineau and Ken Gass, and poetry with Jay MacPherson. She trained as a film director in the UK at Bristol University, and the prestigious BBC Drama Directors Program
- 06/04/2018 | The Native Society - Frances-Anne Solomon: Filmmaker & Entrepreneur
- 04/10/2018 | Festival Reviews - Interview with Festival Director Frances-Anne Solomon (CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF))
- 03/07/2018 | CaribbeanTales TV - Frances-Anne Solomon
- 07/03/2017 | CBC - ‘It is not a street party’: 6 important lessons about the true significance of Carnival
- 02/04/2017 | St Lucia Times - CaribbeanTales Flow into Production
- 2017 | WIDC - Frances-Anne Solomon
- 12/2015 | The Caribbean: On Screen - The Caribbean, On Screen: A Conversation with Frances-Anne Solomon
- 2015 | Alchetron - Frances-Anne Solomon
- 2/6/2015 | dbpedia.org - profile: Frances-Anne Solomon
- 2/2/2015 | Women Make Movies - profile: Frances-Anne Solomon
- 12/9/2014 | Wikipedia - Frances-Anne Solomon
- 11/6/2014 | Jamaica Observer - Shot in arm for Caribbean films
- 11/5/2014 | Pennant Media Group - Award-winning filmmaker, producer and Founder of CaribbeanTales Frances-Anne Solomon, to receive Heritage Award at the 2014 Planet Africa Awards Gala
- 11/4/2014 | RJR News - Big boost for Caribbean film distribution
- 2014 | Mixcloud channel: Myles Marcus - Caribbean Tales Film Festival with Frances-Anne Solomon
- 10/13/2013 | Trinidad and Tobago Guardian - New Opening for Caribbean Filmmakers
- 9/12/2013 | The Hollywood Reporter - Toronto: Caribbean Filmmakers Launch SVOD Service
- 9/9/2013 | The Harriet Tubman Institute - The 8th Annual CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase
- 9/3/2013 | Repeating Islands - Frances-Anne Solomon…telling strong stories through film
- 8/31/2013 | Urban Hero Magazine - 8th Annual CaribbeanTales – Toronto Film Showcase – An Interview with Frances-Anne Solomon CEO and Founder
- 8/30/2013 | Swept - Canadian Caribbean-themed web channel launches
- 8/21/2013 | T-Mak World - CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Festival 2013 – Tales of a Cocktail Kick Off Event
- 08/12/2013 | ’83 To Infinity - Artsy Fartsy: Caribbean Film Screening with gems of the Caribbean
- 7/16/2013 | Pride News - Caribbean Film Festival Raises The Bar For Filmmakers
- 7/14/2012 | City News - Toronto-based filmmaker takes Caribbean culture global
- 7/11/2012 | Yonge Street Media - Building a better brand: Frances-Anne Solomon’s efforts to take Caribbean culture global
- 4/12/2012 | Black in Canada - Frances-Anne Solomon
- 9/13/2011 | The Dr Vibe Show - Dr.Vibe with Frances-Anne Solomon (CEO – CaribbeantTales Worldwide Distribution
- 7/29/2011 | Anguilla News - Caribbean Filmmakers Scholarship Fund Launched
- 5/1/2011 | Pan Caribbean - Eye to Eye – Conversations: Frances-Anne Solomon
- 4/10/2010 | Jamaica Gleaner - CaribbeanTales Goes To NYU, Cannes
- 3/16/2010 | The Bajan Reporter - Sound and Vision in the Caribbean Imaginary
- 4/1/2010 | Journal of West Indian Literature - New Film In Trinidad by Frances-Anne Solomon with Brit-Guyanese Author Oonya Kempadoo – Casting call for “Break Out”
- 9/30/2007 | Global Voices Online - Trinidad & Tobago: Talking with Filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon
- 4/1/2007 | Geoffrey Philp Blog - blog: In my Own words – Frances-Anne Solomon
- 4/1/2003 | Jamaicans .com - Frances Anne Solomon Director of Lord Have Mercy
- 4/1/1999 | Caribbean Airlines: Caribbean Beat - Frances Anne Solomon: Beating the System