TORONTO, ON (February 20, 2019)—CineFAM, a new Toronto-based company dedicated to supporting bold original storytelling by women of colour film creators, has announced its inaugural Feature Film Incubator, that will take place on Friday, March 1, 2019, at Ryerson University's School Of Image Arts.

Women of colour are woefully underrepresented and underpaid in the North American film industry -- including Canada, where relevant statistics do not even exist.  A 2018 University of Southern California study found that less than 1% of directors were women of colour, based on statistics related to the top-grossing 1,100 films and 1,233 directors in America, 2007 to 2017.

“CineFAM is a Haitian creole word meaning ‘Films by Women’. We’re determined to change the Canadian film landscape and status quo by providing opportunities, access, and support to women of colour from culturally diverse backgrounds through a range of programs,” says Canadian filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, CineFAM’s founder and Executive Director. “Our aim is to create a pipeline of programs that will ensure representation of women of colour in the media industries, facilitating a paradigm shift.”