Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the Fabienne Colas Foundation and TBFF

2013 commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a Dream” speech and also marks the second term of the First American Black President: Barack Obama!

We couldn’t think of a better year to inaugurate the Toronto Black Film Festival – TBFF. Coinciding with Black History Month, TBFF is proud to celebrate diversity within the Black Community through powerful films.

After 8 years of continued success, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), presented by Global Montreal, is expanding to the vibrant and beautiful city of Toronto. Since its inception, the MIBFF has been attracting tens of thousands of festival-goers; screening over 100 films from over 40 countries and paying tributes to legendary singer, activist and actor Harry Belafonte and best-selling author and speaker Stedman Graham.

It is a true privilege to be able to count on loyal partners such as Shaw and the Global family. This major partnership through Global Toronto will enable the Festival to reach a wider audience and to provide a platform for creators who are willing to take a risk by making non-commercial choices, which allows them to tell stories and convey realities that would otherwise not have made it to you.

A special thanks to our amazing team, devoted volunteers, great partners, passionate filmmakers, and to you all for coming to see these amazing films. Enjoy every second of the festival, after all it’s YOUR Festival!

Bon Cinema!


Emile Castonguay, Co-founder, treasurer of the Fabienne Colas Foundation and Programming Director of TBFF

The 1st TBFF is proud to open at the Bell Lightbox with Canadian Premiere and 2013 Kenya’s choice for the Oscars, Nairobi Half Life, by David ‘Tosh’ Gitonga. We are thrilled to present a Nollywood special and have North American Premiere Last Flight to Abuja, by Obi Emelonye, to close the Festival at Royal Cinema.

Beside the great films presented, movie-goers will also be able to enjoy an open panel discussion at Carlton Cinema and an online program with a wide variety of films at .

Tickets for all screenings (including Opening & Closing) are available for purchase directly at the Cinemas or at the Festival website. Regular screenings will take place at Carlton Cinema and Royal Cinema.

Enjoy the Festival!


Ward Smith, Senior Director, News and Station Operations, Eastern Region

Global Toronto is thrilled to be a part of the Toronto International Black Film Festival for its inaugural year in our vibrant city. Global Montreal has been affiliated with the festival for the past three years and because of its immense success in that market, it has now expanded to Toronto. For Montreal, the experience has been culturally enriching and has led to new relationships with various communities and artists from around the world and we know it will be the same here in Toronto.

Fabienne Colas, President of the TIBFF, and her dedicated team’s passion for arts and culture have brought an exciting season of new films from around the globe to our own backyard.

We’re excited for the array of unique stories that will be told during the festival and we’re looking forward to fortifying our relationship with the festival and festival-goers.

We applaud the festival organizers for adding a unique dimension to Canada’s diverse and vibrant arts community and congratulate all of the artists for showcasing their incredible talents.

We invite you all to explore the exciting line-up of films heading your way during the 2013 TIBFF!