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Read and watch what our President, Fabienne Colas, has to say in the press on the importance of diversity and the significance of the Toronto Black Film Festival.

Thank you to our partners Allied Global Marketing for their hard work and dedication towards our movement; their support was invaluable in helping us spread the word!

Yahoo Canada: Canada is behind’: Hollywood has eclipsed Canada in diversity even though it’s the ‘best country in the world’, actress Fabienne Colas says

NOW: Why the Toronto Black Film Festival matters more than ever

The Globe and Mail: Toronto Black Film Festival founder aims to showcase under-represented stories onscreen

BT: The 9th Annual Toronto Black Film Festival Begins Today

National Post: Across Canada, Black is the new fest

The Toronto Star: Canada’s screen world ‘decades behind’ on Black representation, say industry members

Fashion Magazine: This Toronto Black Film Festival Fashion Panel Discussion Should Be Required Viewing

The Morning Show: Toronto Black Film Festival goes virtual this year

ET Canada: Toronto Black Film Festival Kicks Off With Star-Studded Lineup Featuring Taraji P. Henson, Shaquille O’Neal And More

Toronto Star: Toronto Black Film Festival founder says 2021 edition is ‘more significant’ than ever

CBC q: Toronto Black Film Festival founder Fabienne Colas on the importance of amplifying Black voices


NOW The Rape Of Recy Taylor provides fascinating context for the #MeToo moment

afrotoronto.com The 6th annual Toronto Black Film Festival


blogTO The 6th annual Toronto Black Film Festival, launches: TBFF Kids Film Festival


Toronto.com The 6th annual Toronto Black Film Festival at Carlton Cinema

Toronto Festivals Toronto Black Film Festival




EbossCanada.com  : Toronto Black Film Festival wraps up today- Here’s a video of what you missed and what’s happening today 

Cinemaaxis.com : Politics, Love And Music At TBFF 

Space.ca: Toronto Black Film Festival Kicks Off In Toronto With Isaiah Washington

Enthusemag.com : Rwanda: Local Film Selected for Toronto Black Film Festival

E.TALK : Isaiah Washington interview [BROADCAST] – February 15

CTV News Toronto : Red carpet interview [BROADCAST] – February 15

CBC Dawson Creek: The Social Interview [BROADCAST] February 15

Global News at Noon TBFF trailer [BROADCAST] – February 15

Global News : The Morning Show Opening night [BROADCAST] February 15

Global NewsThe Morning Show [BROADCAST] February 15

ET Canada 

Now Magazine : Five must-see Black History Month events in Toronto

Now Magazine: The Toronto Black Film Festival aims to educate and illuminate

Torontolife.com :The Best Of Black Cinema

TorontoGuardian.com : What to see at the Toronto Black Film Festival 2017

TheGate.ca : Toronto Black Film Festival celebrates five landmark years

AfricanRipples.com : Isaiah Washington TBFF17 ambassador

AfricanRipples.com : TBFF and Nollywood industry 

Shedoesthecity.com :Fabienne Colas Founder of the TBFF

TheStar.com : Toronto Black Film Festival launches five-day program

Variety.com : David Ramsey & Vivica Fox thriller ILLICIT breaking glass

Theglobeandmail : Stanley Nelson on how to tell the Unknow Stories

Morningride895.wordpress.com : 2017 Toronto Black Film Festival 

Torontocity.comToronto Black Film Festival Returns Feb 2017

Filmcontact.com : The Suit makes waves in Canada

Ebosscanada.com  :  Toronto Black Film Festival 2017 announces full programming 

Metronews.ca : Documentary charts historic rise of black post-secondary education

MontrealGazette.com : Canadian filmmakers choose potential candidates for heritage minutes

Bramptonguardian.com : Toronto Black Film Festival coincides with Black History Month


CBC.ca – #OscarsSoWhite: Hollywood diversity woes loom over Academy Awards

The Guardian UK – #OscarsSoWhite: a 10-point plan for change by the hashtag’s creator

CBC.ca  – 12 Years a Slave actor Alfre Woodard: ‘World is not going to open up for you – find a way in’

Theyeopener.com – Media production student’s doc sells out at the Toronto Black Film Festival

bnn.ca – An Unlikely Success Story: Wes Hall tells all

eBossCanada.com – Black Film Sizzles in Toronto

Jamaicans.com – Toronto Black Film Festival to Screen Documentary about Jamaican Canadian Entrepreneur, Wes Hall

TheStar.com – Alfre Woodard honoured at Toronto Black Film Festival

do416.to –  Toronto Black Film Festival Presents: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

cinefilles.ca – ‘knucklehead is a compassionate film, except when it comes to women

hnmag.ca –  TBFF rolls out, mimik has a winner

artseetoronto.com –  This Weekedn in Toronto

PressReader.com – Projects in Canada also lack diversity, Colas says

theculturetrip.com – Celebrate diverse cinema at the Toronto Black Film Festival, 2016

nowtoronto.com – Event Cinema –

Werockitnaturals.com – Alfre Woodard 

EXAMINER.COM – Alfre Woodard Legacy Award Honoree 

RCI.CA – 44 films de 20 pays au TBFF

CBC.ca –  CBC News Toronto (Late Night)

CBC.ca – Toronto Black Film Festival takes over the city this week

URBANOLOGYMAG.COM – Because black film matters 

Globe and Mail –  Alfre woodard on the oscars 

Tfo.org (French ) – Interview Fabienne Colas

Montrealgazette.com – Founder of black film fests says Canada has dearth of roles for people of colour 

Insidetoronto.com – Black film fest founder on onscreen diversity 

ctvnews.ca – Founder of black film festivals says Canada lacks roles for people of colour 

24hours.com –Hollywood at Crossroads 

Torontosun.com  – Hollywood Reporte

Jazz.fm – Mark Wigmore’s Top 3 

Cambridge Times – Academy insider Alfre Woodard on #OscarsSoWhite

Yonge Buzz – Event listing : To Do in Downtown Yonge

Post City – Toronto Flick Picks: Toronto Black Film Festival, Harold Lloyd and more 

Toronto Caribbean : BACK IN BLACK – Toronto Black Film Festival Announces their 2016 Cinematic Experiences

Excalibur – #OscarsSoWhite: Toronto Black Film Festival combats industry inequality

Toronto Sun – What’s on in T.O. this week

Cinema Axis – 2.6.2016 – jimmy goes to Nollywood

Cinema Axis – 2.7.2016 – Ayanda and the Mechanics 

Cinema Axis – 2.6.2016 – Christmas Wedding baby  

Cinema Axis – 2.8.2016 – WES 

Byblacks.com –Why A Black Film Festival is Necessary And The Films You Should Not Miss

Globe and MailToronto Black Film Festival

Toronto Star – Black History Month arrives on the big screen

Cinema Axis –TBFF16: The Girl is in Trouble

Cinema Axis – TBFF16 :Dry 

NowToronto.com :  Film Festival Spotlight : Toronto Black Film Festival 

News 1130 – Academy insider Alfre Woodard says Oscar reforms have been in the works for years

Financial Post  –A Wes side story: Kingsdale founder gets the documentary treatment

Film Button  – Award Winning Doc THE FLYING STARS to Screen at Toronto Black Film Festival

African Ripples Magazine — All Set For The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) 2016 

Cinema Axis  – alfre-woodard-to-be-honoured-at-toronto-black-film-festival

Hollywood North Magazine – Alfre Woodard to receive tribute at TBFF this year

Roots.com – Abuse and Mental Illness Add a Double Dose of Drama to Alfre Woodard’s New Film

CBC.ca : A cross-country guide to Black History Month events

Heyevent.com : Toronto Black Film Festival 2016: THINA SOBABILI

PrideNews.ca :Documentary Features Successful African Canadian Entrepreneur

Ryerson.ca: RTA student makes directorial debut in Toronto Black Film Festival 

The Gate : Toronto Black film Festival 2016

Yahoo Finance :Tribute to Alfre Woodard at Toronto Black Film Festival #TBFF16

Alliance Française : Screening of BROOKLYN directed by Pascal Tessaud

Lexpress.to (French) :  Festival du film Black : Parce que l’expérience compte

TheStar.com : Toronto Black Film Festival celebrates diverse cinema

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

Ici Radio Canada (French Audio) : L’heure de pointe Toronto

Huffingtonpost.ca  : Hollywood’s Issue With Diversity Goes Beyond The Oscars Boycott

Cinemaaxis.com  : 4TH Annual Toronto Black Film  Festival  reveals robust slate



Globalnews.ca : Did the blaxploitation film genre pave the way for progress ?

Indiewire.com : The supreme price is a deeply and profound and beautiful experience

Globalnews.ca : The Morning Show welcomes former NFL star and actor Fred Williamson

Torontoist.com: An Interview with Fred”The Hammer” Williamson

NowToronto.com : TBFF Blaxploitation Party 

NowToronto.com : Black history events this week 

Indiewire.com : Dyana Gaye Talks Story, Inspiration, Challenges in Making Feature Debut ‘Under the Starry Sky

GlobalNews.ca : Actress Lanette Ware Stars in “Happy 1 Year”

Indiewire.com : TBFF Review: ‘Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers & the Emergence of a People’

FevaTV.com : Trailer for Spike Lee-produced TBFF Opener ‘Manos Sucias’ (‘Dirty Hands’)

Indiewire.com : Toronto Black Film Festival Review – ‘Ninah’s Dowry’ Is a Brutal, Moving Look at the Bride Price

Lemetropolitain.com : Le Mois de l’histoire des Noirs: un rendez-vous incontournable avec le passé

Blogs.indiewire.com : Desperate Fisherman Traffics Drugs Up Colombia Coast in “Dirty Hands” (Exec Produced by Spike Lee)

Global News : Vidéo : Global News – Fabienne colas on The Morning Show – Toronto Black Film Festival

The Gate.ca : Toronto Black film Festival 2015 announced today the programming line-up for the 3rd edition of the festival

FevaTv.ca : Toronto Black Film Festival Unveils 2015 Lineup 

NowToronto.com  : Toronto Black Film Festival 

Canadianliving.com : 12 reasons to love February and the TBFF is the Fifth !

The Joe Show (Radio) : The Joe Show Live/Toronto Black Film Festival 

TheStar.com : Blaxploitation star Fred “The Hammer” Williamson struck blow for black actors

Postcity.com : Toronto Flick Picks 

Penguinandrhino.com : Toronto Black film Festival 

NowToronto.com : Black Film Festival Faves

NowToronto.com : Special screenings

The Dr Vibe Show (Radio) : Fabienne Colas 2015 Toronto Black Film Festival 

Cinemaaxis.com : TBFF2015 Manos Sucias

Cinemaaxis.com : TBFF 2015 Bee & Julie-Julie, The Silent Treatment, Haleema, Betty’s Blues

Cinemaaxis.com : TBFF 2015 Through a lens darkly

Cinemaaxis.com : 5 hot tickets at the Toronto Black Film Festival



2nd annual Toronto Black Film Festival showcases and impressive roster of talent.

We need more blacks on screen and TV

Le Toronto Black Festival rend hommage à Nelson Mandela

Festival du film black de Toronto

Now Toronto: Toronto Black Film Fest steps it up

Toronto Black Film Festival features Nelson Mandela tribute

The Toronto Star: Toronto Black Film Festival showcases global talent

Festival du Film Black: Peu importe la couleur, pourvu que ce soit noir


Global Toronto: Toronto Black Film Festival unveils line-up

La presse: Le Festival du Film Black s’Exporte à Toronto

National Post: There’s a new fest in town: Inaugural Toronto Black Film Festival debuts in February

Metro : Nollywood gets its due at the Toronto Black Film Festival

Global Toronto: Morning show

Radio-Canada (Toronto): Champ libre

Globlal Toronto: News Hour: Toronto Black Film Festival opens tonight

NOW Toronto: Black beauties

Hamber News: Popular Black Film Festival expands to Toronto

Hamber Etc: Black Film Festival spotlights community

Blogto.com: 5 films to see at the Toronto Black Film Festival

Postcity.com: The Toronto Balck Film Festival debuts tonight

Anancy Magazyne: 16 films in 4 days

African Cinemas: African films at the Toronto Black Film Festival

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