President and Founder of the Fabienne Colas Foundation and TBFF
It’s been 3 years since the Fabienne Colas Foundation successfully launched the first edition of TBFF!!! Thanks to your enthusiastic support, we’re proud to host another year celebrating diversity within the Black Communities through powerful films, a community program and exciting special events.
Black History Month allows us all to reflect on the past in order to better understand the present and prepare for the future. 2015 is a symbolic year for the TBFF, commemorating 60 years since Rosa Parks’ refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama, initiated a new era in the American quest for freedom and equality. 50 years since the assassination of human rights activist Malcolm X. 5 years since the devastating earthquake in Haiti killed hundreds-of-thousands of people and left millions homeless.
It’s a real privilege to have such loyal partners as the Shaw family and Global News. Their tremendous support not only allowed us to have two very successful past editions, but also enabled us to come back with a stronger format showcasing more independent artists from Canada and abroad. Thanks to Ward Smith and his amazing team for supporting and celebrating Diversity through TBFF.
As long as we have such devoted volunteers, the support of passionate film lovers, an enthusiastic media and committed filmmakers, the TBFF team will continue to challenge conventions and push the envelope.
We welcome G98.7FM as TBFF’s official radio partner and thank Fitzroy Gordon for his generosity. TBFF also wants to congratulate its sister festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival, presented by Global Montreal for the last 5 years, as they celebrated their 10th anniversary in September 2014!
We’re going to have fun this year at TBFF! Enjoy every moment; after all, it’s YOUR Festival!
Emile Castonguay Joyce Fuerza
Co-founder and Programming Director of TBFF // Head Coordinator & Programming Coordinator
Because of strong community support and the press response the past two years, we were eager to come back with even more films and special events at our 3rd annual TBFF.
38 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 are part of this year’s program!
TBFF opens at the Isabel Bader Theatre with the awardwinning film MANOS SUCIAS (Dirty Hands), by Josef Wladyka, executive produced by Spike Lee (p.8). We are thrilled to be presenting a spotlight on the Blaxploitation genre with films, a tribute, a discussion and a ‘70s party in collaboration with Fantasia International Film Festival (p.11); as well as the “Black actors in Hollywood, Then and Now” panel discussion, featuring several big names in the industry (p. 13).
It’s a real honor to pay tribute to Blaxploitation icon Fred “the Hammer” Williamson and Hollywood legend Bill Cobbs this year (p. 10 & 13). They will be the first to receive an honorary award from TBFF.
An unprecedented and exciting Blaxploitation Back to the ’70’s costume party will close the Festival at the Revival (p.9)!!! Tell all your friends, bring your costumes, accessories, wigs and/or most colorful outfits and let’s have one hell of a party!!!
Besides the great films and the special events, festival-goers will also be able to enjoy FREE panel discussions (TBFF Community program) at Carlton Cinema (p.11). Complete program and line-up as well as passes and tickets are available at www.torontoblackfilm.com.
Enjoy the Festival!
Senior Director, News and Station Operations, Eastern Region at Global News
Global News is thrilled to be partnering with the Toronto Black Film Festival once again. We’ve been a part of the festival since it first came to Toronto three years ago and we’re happy to see that it keeps growing bigger each year.
Fabienne Colas, President of the TBFF, and her dedicated team’s passion for arts and culture have brought an exciting season of dynamic films from around the world to our own backyard.
We’re looking forward to the social, political and cultural stories that will be told during the 2015 festival and we look forward to continue building on our relationship with the festival and its audience.
We congratulate the festival organizers for adding a special element to Canada’s diverse and vibrant arts community and thank all the artists for sharing their incredible talents with us.
We invite you all to explore the amazing line-up of films heading your way during the 2015 TBFF!