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March 25 – 28, 2021 | ONLINE

All Access Passes on pre-sale at only $29



Founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and supported by Canadian Heritage

Ottawa, March 4, 2021 – The Fabienne Colas Foundation – creator of Canada’s largest Black Film Festival: the Montreal Black Film Festival, the hugely popular Toronto Black Film Festival as well as the Halifax Black Film Festival – is proud and thrilled to announce that the Black Film Festival movement will be expanding to Ottawa, Canada’s capital and the city that holds the country’s third largest Black population.

The inaugural Ottawa Black Film Festival (OBFF) will run entirely onlineMarch 25 – 28, 2021. The #OBFF21 All Access passes are on pre-sale for only $29 and can be purchased on the festival’s Website. The Festival’s program will be announced next week, on Wednesday, March 10.

“We are humbled and beyond excited to be launching the Ottawa Black Film Festival at such an important time of our History. OBFF is more than a film festival. It’s a movement! It’s the necessary platform for our local Black artists who, otherwise, would remain invisible,” – stated Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the Black Film Festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Halifax & Ottawa. “Our focus is to go beyond awareness with concrete actions to foster the inclusion of diversity off and on camera. In connecting authentic Black stories with viewers of all colours and ethnic origins, we recognize the differences that make us unique and we celebrate the shared values that bring us together.”

Since their inception, the Montreal, Toronto, and Halifax Black Film Festivals have been attracting Hundreds of Thousands of festivalgoers of all ages and from diverse origins. Past editions have welcomed or paid tribute to celebrities such as Taraji P. Henson, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard, Clement Virgo, Euzhan Palcy, Paul Haggis, Bill Cobbs, Souleymane Cissé, Stedman Graham, Dany Laferrière, Dr. Mayann Francis, Regine Chassagne & Win Butler (Arcade Fire) and many more.

The inaugural Ottawa Black Film Festival, founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and Supported by Canadian Heritage will run from March 25 to 28, 2021. www.OttawaBlackFilm.com

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About the Ottawa Black Film Festival – #OBFF21

The Ottawa Black Film Festival (OBFF) is about discovery and Inclusion. A not-for-profit organisation created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, OBFF wants to amplify more Black voices and showcase the most relevant Black films from here and abroad while creating a space to debate major cultural, social, and socio-economic issues. The Ottawa Black Film Festival is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world. OBFF’s ambition is to encourage the development of the independent film industry and to promote more films on the reality of Black people from around the Globe.

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 10 Festivals the highly successful Montreal Black Film Festival, the hugely popular Toronto Black Film Festival, the Halifax Black Film Festival as well as the several other successful Festivals in Canada, the USA, Haiti and Brazil. The Foundation is also the creator of the FCF’s Being Black in Canada program, Canada’s largest incubator dedicated to Black Filmmakers.

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Talar Adam