Frances-Anne is a Trinidadian-Canadian-British filmmaker, writer, producer, distributor, curator and cultural entrepreneur. Born in England of Trinidadian parents, she began her professional life at the BBC in England, where she built a successful career as a Producer with BBC Radio Drama, then with BBC Television Drama and Films. She also produced and directed independent films through her company Leda Serene Films.
In 2000, she moved to Canada where she continued to create write, direct, and produce films, television programs, theatre plays, and new media projects.
In 2001, she founded CaribbeanTales Inc., with a mandate to produce, market and sell educational multi-media projects drawing on Caribbean-heritage stories. Past projects include Literature Alive, a multi media (television, web, audio books) project on Caribbean- Canadian authors. The CaribbeanTales Media Group now includes the annual CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (now in its 14th year), CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution in Barbados, the largest full-service film distribution company in the English-speaking Caribbean with a catalogue of over 300 films and television programs available for sale; the renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator Program, now in its 10th year, a 6-week program to train filmmakers in the development of strong original and sustainable AV content for the international market; CaribbeanTales-TV our Video on Demand platform, and CaribbeanTalesFlix our production arm.
In 2016 Frances-Anne founded CineFAM to support bold original films stories by women of color creators worldwide. Activities include an annual 1-day film festival, a short film challenge for emerging filmmakers, a feature film incubator for first time feature directors, and an accelerator program for African women filmmakers, in partnership with Durban FilmMart.
Frances-Anne has just completed her new feature HERO, Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Mr Ulric Cross.