Toronto Black Film Festival

STEDMAN GRAHAM, New-York Times Bestselling author, educator and entrepreneur, will speak at the 2nd annual TBFF

February 13, 2014 | TIFF Bell LightBox | 7pm
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Toronto, February 13, 2014 – New-York Times Best-selling author, educator and entrepreneur Stedman Graham will present a conference entitled “The Nine-Step Plan for Success” at the 2nd annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF), on February 13, 2014, 7pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

The Toronto Black Film Festival is much more than a festival. It exposes viewers to international Black realities through cinema and other forms of expression. “We want the festival to be a place of inspiration, motivation and development for filmmakers, but also for individuals who want to further their professional and personal lives. We have the privilege of hosting Stedman Graham as the first of what is sure to be many great speakers.” – Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the Festival.

“Stedman Graham is one of today’s leading authorities on emotional intelligence. His training seminars are highly effective because they make you focus on maximizing the true leader within yourself.” – David M. Reynolds, CFM, Former Vice President, Associate Director – Merrill Lynch.

In 2012, he received the Career Achievement Award at the Montreal International Black Film Festival in recognition of his entire professional career for his extraordinary contribution to corporations and non-profit organizations through training in identity development, leadership, diversity training, personal wellness and personal and professional branding. The Festival also paid tribute to his community involvement and philanthropy, particularly concerning youth.

For tickets and more information, visit www.archives.torontoblackfilm.com/2014

The 2nd annual TBFF, presented by Global Toronto, will be held until February 16, 2014!

STEDMAN GRAHAM – BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

As an executive, best-selling author, educator and speaker, Stedman Graham works with corporations, organizations and non-profits in the areas of identity development, leadership, diversity training, personal wellness, and personal / professional branding. Clients have included Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo, Georgia Pacific, Pro-Line International, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Manpower, CNN, GlaxoSmithKline, Plains Capital Corporation, American College of Sports Medicine, YMCA, U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps, Credit-Suisse First Boston, Harvard and Wharton business schools and the U.S. Department of Education.

Graham has authored ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers, You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success and Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps to Success. Graham’s new book, Identity: Your Passport to Success, published by Pearson Education, was released in 2012. Within two weeks of its release, Identity: Your Passport to Success reached number six on the Wall Street Journal Business bestseller list.

Stedman Graham is a former adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he taught a leadership course based on his Nine-Step Process. Graham also taught management strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Chicago, Illinois. He is a distinguished visiting professor at several colleges and universities throughout the United States.

About the Toronto Black Film Festival
The Toronto Black Film Festival is about DISCOVERY and DIVERSITY! TBFF is glad to celebrate Diversity within the black communities! The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) 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. Coming together through art allows members of all cultural communities to better understand one another. TBFF showcases the most outstanding and most amazing black films while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues. The festival offers screenings, concerts, panel discussions, exhibits, workshops, conferences and opportunities to meet creators and speakers from Canada and around the world. www.archives.torontoblackfilm.com/2014

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TBFF announced 2014 Line-up

The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) announced today the line-up for the 2nd edition of the festival, presented by Global Toronto, running from February 11th – 16th. 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 exciting special events.

“The year 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,” stated Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the Festival. “TBFF is proud to dedicate the 2nd edition of the festival to the memory of the legendary leader Nelson Mandela, and to celebrate 20 years of democracy in South Africa!”

“For a second year in a row, Global Toronto is proud to be a part of the Toronto Black Film Festival. We’re excited to be a part of unique stories that will be told and look forward to continuing our relationship with the festival organizers and diverse audiences for another year” said Ward Smith, Senior Director & Station Manager, Global Toronto.

This year, TBFF is proud to offer 33 of the very best films depicting black realities from around the globe and a variety of breathtaking special events. TBFF would also like to congratulate its sister festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival, presented by Global Montreal for the last 4 years, as they celebrate their 10th anniversary in September 2014.

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COMPLETE 2014 TBFF FILM SELECTION

Toronto, February 21, 2014 – The 2nd Toronto Black Film Festival, presented by Global Toronto, today announced its official lineup featuring the best in black cinema from around the world. The 2014 selection presents the latest works from 34 filmmakers and features premieres from 22 countries including Canada, USA, UK, Sweden, Nigeria, South Africa, Haiti, Germany, Lesotho, Cameroun, France, Dominican Republic, Ghana and Brazil.

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LE 2e FESTIVAL DU FILM BLACK DE TORONTO DÉVOILE SA PROGRAMMATION

Toronto, le 23 janvier 2014 – Le Festival du Film Black de Toronto (Toronto Black Film Festival – TBFF) a dévoilé la programmation de sa 2e édition, présentée par Global Toronto, qui se tiendra du 11 au 16 février 2014. Coïncident avec le Mois de l’Histoire des Noirs, le Festival du Film Black de Toronto est fier d’être, cette année encore, présent pour célébrer la diversité au sein même des communautés noires à travers de films percutants, un programme communautaire et des événements spéciaux excitants.

« 2014 est une année très symbolique pour nous car elle commémore plusieurs anniversaires marquants dont l’indépendance de la République d’Haïti (1804), la fin du génocide rwandais (1994), l’élection de Nelson Mandela en tant que Président de l’Afrique du Sud (1994) et l’élection du premier Président noir des Etats-Unis, Barack Obama (2009) », a déclaré Fabienne Colas, présidente et fondatrice du festival. « Le Festival du Film Black de Toronto est fier de dédier sa 2e édition à la mémoire du légendaire leader Nelson Mandela et de célébrer 20 ans de démocratie en Afrique du Sud! »

« Pour cette deuxième année consécutive, Global Toronto est fier de s’associer au Festival du Film Black de Toronto. Nous sommes heureux de contribuer à raconter des histoires uniques et impatients de poursuivre notre collaboration avec les organisateurs du festival ainsi que le public diversifié cette année encore.» dit Ward Smith, directeur principal et directeur de la station, Global Toronto.

Cette année, le TBFF est fier de présenter 33 des meilleurs films traitant des réalités noires des quatre coins du monde et un éventail d’événements spéciaux à couper le souffle. Le TBFF souhaite aussi féliciter son festival jumeau, le Festival International du Film Black de Montréal, présenté par Global Montréal depuis 4 ans, qui fêtera son 10e anniversaire en septembre 2014.

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TBFF ANNOUNCES LINE-UP

Toronto – January 21, 2014 – The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) announced today the line-up for the 2nd edition of the festival, presented by Global Toronto, running from February 11th - 16th. 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 exciting special events.

“The year 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,” stated Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the Festival. “TBFF is proud to dedicate the 2nd edition of the festival to the memory of the legendary leader Nelson Mandela, and to celebrate 20 years of democracy in South Africa!”

 

“For a second year in a row, Global Toronto is proud to be a part of the Toronto Black Film Festival. We’re excited to be a part of unique stories that will be told and look forward to continuing our relationship with the festival organizers and diverse audiences for another year” said Ward Smith, Senior Director & Station Manager, Global Toronto.

This year, TBFF is proud to offer 33 of the very best films depicting black realities from around the globe and a variety of breathtaking special events. TBFF would also like to congratulate its sister festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival, presented by Global Montreal for the last 4 years, as they celebrate their 10th anniversary in September 2014.

The festival will open 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 delighted to be presenting a South African Series of 9 films – a tribute to Nelson Mandela through a film retrospective and a concert by award-winning singer Lorraine Klaasen. The award-winning American film THE RETREIVAL, by Chris Eska – Best Narrative Feature at the Montreal International Black Film Festival in 2013 – will close the festival at the Carlton Cinema.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

Unveiling of the program for the 2nd edition of the
Toronto Black Film Festival
that will be held from February 11 to 16, 2014.

Toronto, January 9, 2014 – Media representatives are invited to attend a press conference for the unveiling of the program for the 2nd edition of the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) – presented by Global Toronto – on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

In addition to announcing the films selected for this 2nd annual TBFF, we will be presenting the Festival highlights that will appear alongside previously announced New York Times Bestselling Author and Entrepreneur Stedman Graham. We will also be unveiling the team behind this year’s festival.

It will be the perfect time to take pictures and images and conduct interviews.

When: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton Street, Toronto

Toronto Black Film Festival | www.archives.torontoblackfilm.com/2014

Information and RSVP:

Angie Burns
Allied Integrated Marketing
(647) 724-8946
ABurns@Alliedim.com

Natalie Grossi
Allied Integrated Marketing
(647) 724-8992
NGrossi@Alliedim.com

SAVE THE DATE

Toronto, December 20, 2013 – The 2nd Annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) will run from February 11 to 16, 2014 and will be presented by Global Toronto.

The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is dedicated to celebrating and presenting the very best in cinematic work of Black filmmakers and talent from Canada and around the globe. Our mandate is to fill a void by providing the opportunity for filmmakers from all ethnic groups, to share and promote authentic stories, which reflect the true reality of Black people throughout the world.

TBFF showcases the most outstanding and amazing Black films while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues. The festival offers screenings, concerts, panel discussions, exhibits, workshops, conferences and opportunities to meet creators and speakers from Canada and around the world.

Together with its strong local team, the great support of Global Toronto and a partnership with its sister festival, Montreal International Film Festival (presented by Global Montreal) that celebrates their
10-year anniversary in 2014. The 2nd edition of the Toronto Black Film Festival will definitely be even more exciting and successful with more films screenings, special events and some celebrity guests; such as guest speaker, New-York Times best-selling author Stedman Graham, and South African Juno Award winning singer Lorraine Klaasen. The TBFF will be Toronto’s biggest celebration of Black History Month through film!!!

About the Toronto Black Film Festival
The Toronto Black Film Festival is about DISCOVERY & DIVERSITY! We’re devoted to sharing our stories and celebrating diversity within the various Black communities! The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) 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 also bring us together. Coming together through art allows members of all cultural communities to better understand one another.

Source: Toronto Black Film Festival

Contact:
Joyce Fuerza
Head Coordinator
Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF)
Email: joyce@archives.torontoblackfilm.com/2014
Tel: 416-888-7208

Rest in peace Madiba!

Nelson Mandela (Madiba) has died at 95.

The South African leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner, was South Africa’s first black president and a freedom fighter all his life.

The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) salutes a legend that made this world a much better place!

TBFF will pay tribute to the South African Hero at its 2nd edition that will be held from Feb 11 to 16, 2014.

Global Toronto receiving the OAB 2013 Community Service Awards for TBFF

Global Toronto is the Ontario Association of Broadcasters 2013 Community Service Award winner for Toronto Black Film Festival (Television Award). TBFF is honored and wishes to thank the Ontario Association of Broadcasters for this Award.

TBFF is very grateful for the tremendous support of the whole Shaw family and to the whole team at Global Toronto. Their support allows a festival like us to provide a great platform to creators who, otherwise, whould not have been seen or head. But above all, it affect the black communities in positive ways by giving them a sense of pride, accomplishment, validation and mostly, the pleasure of celebrating and sharing their heritage.

We are so honored to be partnering with Global Toronto and hope to continue to help build healthy, vibrant and inclusive communities where diversity is valued, fostered and celebrated.

Photo credit: Ward Smith receives a Community Service Award for Global Toronto, Toronto Black Film Festival

Save the date – February 11 to 16, 2014

The 2nd annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF), presented by Global Toronto, will take place from February 11 to 16, 2014.

In February 2013, the Toronto Black Film Festival turned out to be a “VERY SUCCESSFUL” inaugural edition with 17 films from 10 countries; a phenomenal Opening Night at Tiff Bell Lightbox (a full house), several thousands of movie-goers attending; exciting screenings and panel discussions with local filmmakers; many volunteers getting involved; as well as national media coverage. But above all, the whole city was talking about TBFF as a “highlight” of the Toronto Black History Month Celebrations.

We are very excited about the upcoming 2nd edition and expect it to be even more exciting! A celebration not be missed!