TRAILBLAZING AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS PAM GRIER
TO BE HONOURED AT THE 12th TORONTO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
Presented by TD Bank Group – February 15, 2024
Toronto – January 17, 2024 – The 12th annual Toronto Black Film Festival, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, is presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Global News – from February 14 to 19, 2024 – IN PERSON & ONLINE. This edition will pay tribute to Trailblazing, Award-Winning Actress PAM GRIER at the Isabel Bader Theatre on February 15, 2024, 7:30 PM – Presented by TD Bank Group.
“Welcoming and paying tribute to the legendary icon Pam Grier at the 2024 Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is a true privilege for us all and quite a coup for Toronto and the Festival. She has blazed a trail for so many Black women in cinema and has left an indelible mark not only in the Blaxploitation genre but on the film industry. #TBFF24 is more than a film festival; it’s a movement. We strive to spotlight important Black figures in and out of the film world for their remarkable work.”— Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the TBFF.
Hailed as the Queen of Blaxploitation and the first female action hero, Pam Grier is a consummate screen actress who has helped to spark not one, but multiple eras in American Black cinema. Her incendiary performances in iconic roles came at pivotal moments in the industry for both Black representation and representation of women on screen. Grier’s leading roles in films like Coffy (1973) and Jackie Brown (1997) emerged as milestones that signaled the untapped potential of Black women in film and raised critical questions around casting decisions and recognition.
Pam Grier’s trailblazing career embodies the Black actress’s journey toward artistic fulfillment. She has paved the way for others and provided bold inspiration and impetus for the industry to be more inclusive. Our festival rides the wave of her legacy, and we proudly pay tribute to her.
The 2024 Toronto Black Film Festival’s Career Achievement Award recognizes Grier’s enduring contributions, not only as a captivating actress but also as a pioneer who has shattered barriers for women and African American performers in the industry. The ceremony will celebrate Grier’s impact on the film industry and delve into an inspirational journey that has influenced generations.
VIP PACKAGE: 6:45pm: Cocktail meet and greet | 7:30pm: Film & Discussion ($99 tax +fees)
GENERAL ADMISSION: 7:30pm: Film & Discussion ($45 + tax & fees)
About the Toronto Black Film Festival
Founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, The Toronto Black Film Festival is Canada’s largest celebration of Black History Month through Films and much more. 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 festivals, the Montreal International Black Film Festival, Halifax Black Film Festival, Ottawa Black Film Festival, Calgary Black Film Festival and Vancouver Black Film Festival, 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.
About the Fabienne Colas Foundation
The Fabienne Colas Foundation is Canada’s largest Black cultural organization. Created in 2005, the FCF is a not-for-profit artistic organization dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in Cinema, Art, and Culture in Canada and abroad. Along with Zaza production, the Fabienne Colas Foundation is also the creator of Festwave Institute and 12 Festivals, including the highly successful Montreal Black Film Festival, the hugely popular Toronto Black Film Festival, the Halifax Black Film Festival as well as several other successful Festivals in Canada, the USA, Haiti and Brazil. These initiatives/festivals have showcased and supported over 5,000 artists and attracted over 2 million festivalgoers. The Foundation is also the creator of the FCF’s Being Black in Canada program, Canada’s largest incubator dedicated to Black Filmmakers.
Source: Toronto Black Film Festival
Toronto Black Film Festival