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

Coinciding with Black History Month, the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is proud to host another year celebrating diversity within the Black Communities through powerful films, a community program and special events.

2014 is a symbolic year for us, commemorating several ground-breaking anniversaries, such as: 210 years of Haitian Independence, 20 years of the Rwandan Genocide; 20 years since Mandela was elected president of South Africa, and 5 years since Barack Obama became the First Black American President.

TBFF is proud to dedicate the 2nd edition of the festival to the memory of the legendary leader, Nelson Mandela, and to celebrating 20 years of democracy in South Africa!

We are delighted to welcome two friends to the Fabienne Colas Foundation, bestselling author Stedman Graham, and award-winning singer Lorraine Klassen. We’re honoured they’ve accepted an invitation to take part in TBFF this year!

It’s a privilege to have loyal partners such as the Shaw family and Global Toronto. Their support not only allowed us to have a very successful inaugural edition last year, but also enabled us to come back with a stronger format showcasing more independent artists from Canada and abroad.

TBFF congratulates its sister festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival, presented by Global Montreal for the last 4 years, as they will celebrate their 10th anniversary in September 2014!

A special thanks to our amazing team, devoted volunteers, great partners, passionate filmmakers, and all of you for coming out in great numbers. Enjoy every moment of the festival; after all, it’s YOUR Festival!

Bon Cinema!

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

We were so impressed by the turn out, the community support and the press response last year that we could not wait to come back with even more films and special events at TBFF.

This year, we are proud to offer you 33 of the very best films on black realities from around the globe – most of which are Ontario Premieres – and a variety of breathtaking special events.

TBFF opens at the Isabel Bader Theatre with the award-winning film The Forgotten Kingdom, by Andrew Mudge, a Lesotho and South African co-production. The first ever film to be made in Lesotho. In commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of ‘Democracy in South Africa’, TBFF is thrilled to be presenting a South African Series of 9 films; tribute to Nelson Mandela through a film retrospective and a concert by award-winning singer Lorraine Klaasen. The award-winning American film The Retrieval, by Chris Eska – Best Narrative Feature at the Montreal International Black Film Festival in 2013, will close the Festival at Carlton Cinema.

Stedman Graham, Entrepreneur and New-York Times bestselling author will host a master conference: The Nine-Step Plan for Success at TIFF Bell Lightbox!

Robert Hillary King, who spent 32 years, 29 of them in solitary confinement in Angola Prison (Louisiana) for a crime he did not commit, will present a movie-discussion.

Beside the great films and the special events, movie-goers will also be able to enjoy FREE panel discussions (TBFF Community program) at Carlton Cinema.

Tickets are available for purchase at www.archives.torontoblackfilm.com/2014. Regular screenings will take place at Carlton Cinema.

Enjoy the Festival!

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Ward Smith
Senior Director, News and Station Operations, Eastern Region at Global Toronto

Global Toronto is thrilled to once again be partnering with the Toronto Black Film Festival for a second year.

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

The festival was a huge success last February with a number of sold out shows. Feature films, shorts and documentaries presented unique stories that might otherwise not have been told. We had the pleasure of celebrating the contemporary contributions of black filmmakers, and the films brought to light cultural, social and socio-economic issues plaguing several countries around the world.

We are excited for the plethora of unique stories that will be told during this year’s festival.

Congratulations to the organizers for bringing the community together and celebrating Toronto’s diverse and vibrant arts scene, and to the filmmakers for sharing their incredible work with us.

We invite you all to enjoy the amazing line-up of films heading your way during the 2014 TBFF!