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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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