FRANCES-ANNE SOLOMON – FILM DIRECTOR
Frances-Anne Solomon is an award-winning 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 TV Drama Producer and Executive Producer.
She moved to Toronto in 2000, where she continued to create, write, direct, and produce her own projects. Her most recent film, A Winter Tale, received many prestigious international awards, including most recently at FESPACO 2009 (Africa’s Oscars held biannually in Burkina Faso West Africa) where it was 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.
She was the Co-creator, Producer and Director of Lord Have Mercy! Canada’s Caribbean 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 Canada’s one and only forum showcasing the best of Caribbean cinema from around the world, now entering its fith year.
2009 marked the launch of another Frances-Anne Solomon project – The CaribbeanTales Youth Film festival Celebrating Black History Month, a unique screening series that showcases Africentric films for high school and university students.
In May 2010, Frances-Anne launched CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution Inc, in Bridgetown Barbados, the first of its kind film distribution company in the English speaking Caribbean.
She began her television career at Banyan Productions in Trinidad, and 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’s RFT Programme and the prestigious BBC Drama Directors Course.