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#TBFF17 UNVEILS ITS PROGRAM

#TBFF17 UNVEILS ITS PROGRAM

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 2PM
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Join us on Facebook at 2PM on Thursday, January 19 and be among the first to know what the #TBFF17 program is all about! Besides the amazing films, will also be revealed the celebrity guests, special industry & community events and so much more!!!

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Can’t decide what to watch during #TBFF16? Our awesome programming team can help you!

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Can’t decide what to watch during #TBFF16? Our awesome programming team can help you!

Emile Castonguay – TBFF Co-founder / Programming Director and Joyce Fuerza – Programmer / Programming Coordinator accepted to share the top 15 films that really touched them. Narrowing down to 15 films was not an easy task – since they are the ones who selected all the 44 films coming from 20 countries – but they did it just for you. Enjoy the Festival!

TRAILERS for 12 of those top 15 films : 

 

NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS

Hosted by: Ernest Nkosi, Enos Manthata, Katleho Twala, and Thato (DH) Dhladla 

Hosted by: Lanre Olabisi

Hosted by: Ben Bowman and Gbenga Akinnagbe

Hosted by Rusty Cundieff 

 

FEATURE & MID-LENGTH DOCUMENTARIES

Hosted by: Ngardy Conteh, Allan Tong and Fiona Aboud 

Hosted by: Samuel Lehner and Wes Hall 

Hosted by :Damon Kwame Mason

 

#TBFF16 Special US Program

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2016  commemorates 50 years since the creation of the Black Panther Party. What a better year for #TFF16 to offer our audiences a Special American Program featuring 23 American films, discussions and more – thanks to the support of the US Embassy !

 

NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS

Director: Kiara C. Jones – Hosted by: Kiara C. Jones

Director: Ben Bowman – Hosted by: Ben Bowman, Alfre Woodard  and Gbenga Akinnagbe

Director: Lanre Olabisi – Hosted by: Lanre Olabisi

Director: Julius Onah

Director: Rusty Cundieff – Hosted by: Rusty Cundieff

 

FEATURE AND MID-LENGTH DOCUMENTARIES

Director: Michiel Thomas

Directors: Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg with Break Thru Film

Directors: Jimmy Jean-Louis and Rachid Dhibou

Directors: Miquel Galore and K. Tyler Johnston

Director: Damon Kwame Mason – Hosted by: Damon Kwame Mason

Director: Stanley Nelson

Director: Noube Rateau

 

NARRATIVE SHORTS FILMS 

Director: Dominic Haxton

Director: Jude Idada – Hosted by: Jude Idada

Director: Nicholas Bouier

Director: Andrew Piccone

Director: Derege Harding – Hosted by: Derege Harding

Director: Solomon Onita Jr.

Director: Martine Jean

Director: Anna Muso

Hosted by: Anna Muso 

Director: Cayman Grant

Director: Eric Dickens – Hosted by: Eric Dickens, Karmia Berry and Pierre Downing

 

ANIMATED FILMS 

Director: Ebele Okoye

Thank again to the US Embassy for his support ! We are excited to welcome you all !

US Flag Color for Print

 

Tribute to ALFRE WOODARD at Toronto Black Film Festival #TBFF16

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Oscar-nominated actress ALFRE WOODARD will receive inaugural CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at 4th annual Toronto Black Film Festival #TBFF16  

Followed by the International Premiere of Ben Bowman’s KNUCKLEHEAD + Q&A 

Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9PM at Jackman Hall – Art Gallery of Ontario

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Award-winning actor Alfre Woodard (12 Years A Slave, Steel Magnolias) will receive the 2016 Toronto Black Film Festival’s inaugural CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD on Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9PM at Jackman Hall – Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West). #TBFF16, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Global News in collaboration with TD Bank, is thrilled to grant her this prestigious award in recognition of her legendary body of work.

Woodard has won four Emmys, three SAG Awards, one Golden Globe, two Independent Spirit Awards and was nominated for an Academy Award™ for her role in Cross Creek.

Read Alfre Woodard biographical notes here.

“Alfre Woodard is an exceptionally talented, accomplished actress,” said Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of TBFF. “In a year when everyone’s talking about the film industry’s habit of not celebrating black talent, we are proud to honour a true trailblazer.

As part of 2016’s TD Black History Month Series, the award ceremony will precede the International Premiere of the film Knucklehead, by Ben Bowman – also starring Woodard. Following the film screening, audience members will get a chance to participate in a Q&A session with the famed actress, the film director and lead actor Gbenga Akinnagbe.

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Tribute to ALFRE WOODARD at Toronto Black Film Festival #TBFF16 !

Oscar-nominated actress ALFRE WOODARD will receive inaugural CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at 4th annual Toronto Black Film Festival #TBFF16  

Followed by the International Premiere of Ben Bowman’s KNUCKLEDHEAD + Q&A 

Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9PM at Jackman Hall – Art Gallery of Ontario

Tickets on sale now: www.torontoblackfilm.com

 

Toronto, January 26, 2016 – Award-winning actor Alfre Woodard (12 Years A Slave, Steel Magnolias) will receive the 2016 Toronto Black Film Festival’s inaugural CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD on Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9PM at Jackman Hall – Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West). #TBFF16, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Global News in collaboration with TD Bank, is thrilled to grant her this prestigious award in recognition of her legendary body of work.

Woodard has won four Emmys, three SAG Awards, one Golden Globe, two Independent Spirit Awards and was nominated for an Academy Award™ for her role in Cross Creek.

Read Alfre Woodard biographical notes here.

 “Alfre Woodard is an exceptionally talented, accomplished actress,” said Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of TBFF. “In a year when everyone’s talking about the film industry’s habit of not celebrating black talent, we are proud to honour a true trailblazer.

As part of 2016’s TD Black History Month Series, the award ceremony will precede the International Premiere of the film Knucklehead, by Ben Bowman – also starring Woodard. Following the film screening, audience members will get a chance to participate in a Q&A session with the famed actress, the film director and lead actor Gbenga Akinnagbe.

The fourth annual TBFF, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Global News in collaboration with TD Bank, runs February 10 – 14 and presents 44 films from 20 countries.

OTHER TALENT ATTENDING #TBFF16 INCLUDE:

Director Ernest Nkosi and actor Thato Dhladla from the #TBFF16 opening film Thina Sobabili (The Two of Us) will attend the red carpet event at the Isabel Bader Theatre on February 10.

 

Christmas Wedding Baby – Kiara C. Jones (director)

Somewhere in the Middle – Lanre Olabisi (director)

White Water – Rusty Cundieff (director)

The Flying Stars – Ngardy Conteh (director), Allan Tong (director)
Soul on Ice: past, present and future – Kwame Mason (director)

Eavesdropping on Souls – Jacqueline Jean-Baptiste (director)

Wes – Samuel Lehner (director), Wes Hall (documentary subject)

Chameleon – Jude Idada (director)

First Date Last Date – Derege Harding (director)

Muna – Lekeeya Kinghorn (director)

Calm – Kwame Lestrade (director)

Meet the Parents – Lonzo Nzekwe (director), Church Chizzle (actor), Nikole Gabriel (actor), Justice Emeni (actor), Tanika Hillocks (actor), Juan Rodriguez (actor)

Run Fast – Anna Musso (director)

The Township – Eric Dickens (director), Karmia Berry (actor), Pierre Downing (actor)

Ripples – Nadine Valcin (director)

The Gift – Esery Mondésir (director)

 

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About the Toronto Black Film Festival

Founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, TBFF is dedicated to celebrating the very best in cinematic work dealing with the experiences of black people from a diversity of communities. Our mandate is to provide an opportunity for filmmakers from all ethnic backgrounds to shine the spotlight on authentic stories that reflect the realities of black experiences. Along with its sister festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (now in its 12thyear), TBFF showcases new voices in cinema and encourages audiences to see the world in new ways. In connecting black films with diverse audiences, we recognize the differences that make us unique while celebrating the shared values that bring us together.

 

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GUESS WHO’S COMING TO #TBFF16

 

HERE’S THE LIST OF THE FABOLOUS DIRECTORS, ACTORS, PRODUCERS WHO WILL BE ATTENDING AT THE #TBFF16 !!

FEB. WED, 10 : THINA SOBABILI (THE TWO OF US)

Ernest Nkosi : Producer/Writer/Director, Enos Manthata : Producer/Art Director, Katleho Twala : Producer/Associate, Thato (DH) Dhladla :Producer/Actor

FEB. THU, 11 : CHRISTMAS WEDDING BABY 

Kiara C. Jones : Director

FEB. THU, 11 : EAVESDROPPING ON SOULS 

Jacqueline Jean-Baptiste : Director

FEB. THU, 11 : RIPPLES/ DÉRIVE

Nadine Valcin : Director

FEB. THU, 11 : THE GIFT 

Esery Mondésir : Director

FEB. FRI, 12 : THE FLYING STARS 

Ngardy Conteh,  Allan Tong : Directors , Fiona Aboud : Associate producer

FEB. FRI, 12 : RUN FAST 

Anna Musso : Director, Alexander Payne: Executive Producer

FEB. SAT, 13 : SOUL ON ICE 

Damon Kwame Mason : Director

FEB. SAT, 13 : THE TOWNSHIP 

Eric Dickens : Director, Karmia Berry : Actress, Pierre  Downing : Actor

FEB. SAT, 13 : MEET THE PARENTS 

Lonzo Nzekwe : Director and Actors : Church Chizzle, Nikole Gabriel, Justice Emeni, Ricardo Diaz, Tanika Hillocks, Michael Amos, Juan Rodriguez,Mandy McLean, Farley Flex, Carroll Chiramel, Lonzo Nzekwe

FEB. SAT, 13 : WES

Samuel Lehner : Director and Wes Hall :Main Character

FEB. SAT, 13 : KNUCKLEHEAD

Ben Bowman: Director and  Gbenga Akinnagbe : Actor

FEB. SUN, 14 : CHAMELEON

Jude Idada : Director 

FEB. SUN, 14 : CALM

Kwame Lestrade : Director

FEB. SUN, 14 : MUNA

Lekeeya Kinghorn : Director

FEB. SUN, 14 : FIRST DATE LAST DATE 

Derege Harding : Director

FEB. SUN, 14 : SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE 

Lanre Olabisi : Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toronto Black Film Festival celebrates diverse cinema (TheStar.com)

Article From theStar.com :

Fabienne Colas started black film festivals in Montreal and Toronto to address the same diversity issues plaguing the Academy Awards, as Hollywood navigates bold-face boycotts and an intensified repeat of last year’s #OscarsSoWhite social media protest.

“It’s like déjà vu but the difference this time is you need to do something about it,” said Colas, a Haitian-Canadian actress and filmmaker, who announced the lineup for the fourth Toronto Black Film Festival on Wednesday.

“Every year we keep saying the same things: be nice and understanding — and nothing is happening. It’s getting worse,” said Colas.

She was reacting to the evolving story out of Hollywood where Will Smith has announced he’ll join his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith and filmmaker Spike Lee in skipping the Feb. 28 Oscars after nominations revealed all 20 Academy Award acting nominees are white.

“We need to act. Something must be done,” Colas said, adding she doesn’t think a boycott is “the most powerful way” to make a statement. Visibility is the key.

TV and movies must reflect “the mirror of society,” said Colas, also calling for show hosts and presenters, awards juries and those deciding on film funding to embrace diversity.

“Cinema and television should reflect the reality of society and we cannot be part of the picture and not see ourselves in the picture,” Colas observed. “We need inclusion, we need to feel we are all the same, part of the same race — the human race.”

In contrast, the Canadian Screen Awards announced its nominations in film, TV and digital on Tuesday with a noticeably diverse slate this year, including 11 nods for miniseries The Book of Negroes and six for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network programs. Among the acting nominations were nods for Waris Ahluwalia and Balinder Johal for Beeba Boys and Irdens Exantus, co-star of My Internship in Canada.

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Our Founder Fabienne Colas’ take on ‪#‎OscarSoWhite‬ this morning in the Metro Toronto !

Film industry in general needs more diversity: Toronto Black Film Festival founder

As Toronto gets ready to host the fourth annual Black Film Festival, founder calls for more diversity on screen

It may not be the academy that’s to blame for the #OscarsSoWhite uproar.

Issues of diversity – or lack thereof – run much deeper in cinema than a single awards show, said Fabienne Colas, founder of the Toronto Black Film Festival.

“We’ve been whispering and screaming about it for far too long and our voices were never heard,” she said about harsh criticism the academy is facing following the latest Oscars nominations.

Colas said she shares the “frustration” black actors and other people of colour feel. But, the solution needs to come from film producers, directors and even those that provide financial backing for projects, she said….

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THINA SOBABILI (The Two of Us) will open #TBFF16 as an Ontario Premiere

The Toronto Black Film Festival #TBFF16, presented by Global News in collaboration with TD Bank, is proud to kick start its 4th edition with the award-winning South African film Thina Sobabili (The Two of Us), by Ernest Nkosi. The film will be presented as an Ontario Premiere at 7:30PM on Tuesday, February 10 at Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street W) – hosted by the acclaimed director.  Thina Sobabili (The Two of Us) served as South Africa’s submission to the 88th Annual Academy Awards® Best Foreign Language Film Category; and was also South Africa’s choice to the 73rd Golden Globes awards 2016.

“We are very proud to open #TBFF16 with such a powerful film,” said Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of TBFF. “Through its uncompromising dedication to exploring the lives of young people in the Townships, Thina Sobabili encompasses what the festival is all about.”

Directed by Ernest Nkosi, Thina Sobabili (The Two of Us) is a coming-of-age story that follows young siblings Thulani and Zanele, whose relationship is strained when Zanele falls for an older man and plans to use him to escape her bleak surroundings. The film won the Best Picture Award at the Rwanda Film Festival, and Audience awards at the Jozi Film Festival and the Pan African Film festival.

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