Montreal Offshoot Will Return to Toronto in 2014
For Immediate Release
February 21, 2013, Toronto, ON – Fabienne Colas, Founder and President of the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF), was proud to announce today that inaugural Toronto Black Film Festival was an astounding success – with sold out screenings, critically acclaimed films and a strong presence among Black History Month celebrations. Presented by Global Toronto, the fest brought 17 films to the TIFF Bell Lightbox, The Carlton, and The Royal Cinemas over the course of 5 days, plus several films still available online through Zupim.com.
Buzz was high as social media exploded with mentions of the fest – the spinoff of the immensely popular Montreal International Film Festival, now its 9th year. With filmmakers in attendance at both screenings and panels, diplomatic officials representing South Africa, USA and Nigeria, and a breakthrough Nollywood program, which highlighted the third largest movie business in the world, the Toronto Black Film Festival cemented itself as a growing mainstay of the robust Toronto festival scene.
“I could not be more thrilled with the first ever TBFF! Special thanks to Global Toronto for the tremendous support, the filmmakers for submitting their films and the public of Toronto for coming out in such big numbers,” said Emile Castonguay, co-Founder and Programming Director of the Festival. “We have a dynamic team, an unparalled crew of volunteers, and big ideas for when we return to Toronto in 2014.”
Cool, international, independent, politically incorrect and eye-opening, the Toronto Black Film Festival is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world. In connecting black films with viewers of all colours and ethnic origins we recognize the differences that make us unique and celebrate the shared values that bring us together. Films illuminate, entertain and invite audiences to see the world from another person’s experience. Coming together through art allows members of all cultural communities to better understand one another.
Next stop: Montreal with the Montreal International Black Film Festival that will be presented by Global Montreal from September 19 to 29, 2013.
Both the Toronto and the Montreal Black Film Festivals are created and organized by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cinema, art and culture. Their common mission is to stimulate the development of the independent film industry and to foster the creation of films on international Black realities.
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