Toronto – January 21, 2014 – The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) announced today the line-up for the 2nd edition of the festival, presented by Global Toronto, running from February 11th – 16th. Coinciding with Black History Month, the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is proud to host another year celebrating diversity within the black communities through powerful films, a community program and exciting special events.
“The year 2014 is a symbolic year for us, commemorating several ground-breaking anniversaries such as; 210 years of Haitian Independence, 20 years of the Rwandan Genocide; 20 years since Mandela was elected president of South Africa, and 5 years since Barack Obama became the first black American president,” stated Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the Festival. “TBFF is proud to dedicate the 2nd edition of the festival to the memory of the legendary leader Nelson Mandela, and to celebrate 20 years of democracy in South Africa!”
“For a second year in a row, Global Toronto is proud to be a part of the Toronto Black Film Festival. We’re excited to be a part of unique stories that will be told and look forward to continuing our relationship with the festival organizers and diverse audiences for another year” said Ward Smith, Senior Director & Station Manager, Global Toronto.
This year, TBFF is proud to offer 33 of the very best films depicting black realities from around the globe and a variety of breathtaking special events. TBFF would also like to congratulate its sister festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival, presented by Global Montreal for the last 4 years, as they celebrate their 10th anniversary in September 2014.
The festival will open at the Isabel Bader Theatre with the award-winning film THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, by Andrew Mudge, a Lesotho and South African co-production. The first ever film to be made in Lesotho. In commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of ‘Democracy in South Africa’, TBFF is delighted to be presenting a South African Series of 9 films – a tribute to Nelson Mandela through a film retrospective and a concert by award-winning singer Lorraine Klaasen. The award-winning American film THE RETREIVAL, by Chris Eska – Best Narrative Feature at the Montreal International Black Film Festival in 2013 – will close the festival at the Carlton Cinema.