In our film loving and content creating world / calendar September is THE month for discovering new films and film making talents as film festival season officially kicks off . This year is already stacking up to be a remarkable one for Caribbean films with an unprecedented number of our stories being screened at the Toronto International Film Festival , the debut of the Third Horizon Film Festival in Miami , the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and of course the Caribbean Tales Film Festival also in Toronto .
Many of our favorite film makes from the Caribbean will not only be having their work screened at these festivals this month but will also be taking part in the various film incubation programmes which focus on assisting fledgling film makers with the development and production of their art . Incubation programmes priovide film makers with essential support via mentorship, funding , workshops , and screening opportunities . Inclusion into the incubators however is not necessarily a given and film makers do have to pitch their ideas to panels filled with global industry experts as well as gain pre incubator votes via social media forums . It’s not easy eh !
One such film (which we have had our beady eyes on) is Big Man Dan an animated series co produced by Ayana Harper a young film editor / producer who we had the absolute pleasure of meeting at last years Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival .
Big Man Dan is an animated comedy web series, out of Trinidad and Tobago, following the hilarious antics of Dan, a man with a magnetic attraction to trouble and a talent for telling tall tales.
Each episode finds Dan at the mercy of his feisty girlfriend, Sheila, who demands an explanation for Dan’s latest misbehavior. Dan’s explanations take us into his larger than life imagination – a world where cockroaches know karate and girlfriends jump on rocket-ships when they “need space.”
Targeting young adults, the stories in the series start out as ordinary days in the life of a Caribbean man but veer into a fantasy world that breaks all the physical rules of reality. The team behind the project chose the medium of animation for its unlimited visual potential.
Inspired by record-breaking YouTube animated shorts collection, Simon’s Cat, the stylistic treatment of the Big Man Dan series is minimalistic with black and white animation.
You can stay up to date with all of Big Man Dan’s adventures on FB & IG @bigmandanseries
Check out the sneak peak here:
Vote for Big Man Dan to be selected for the Caribbean Tales Incubation Programme here : VOTE !