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FEBRUARY 15-19, 2017


TORONTO (January 19, 2017) – The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF), one of Canada’s premier festivals for black films, announces its full programming line-up with a focus on black global diversity. Returning for its fifth edition during Black History Month, February 15-19, #TBFF17 welcomes filmmakers, actors and audiences to Toronto for the 5-day event. The Festival will kick off with Emmy-Award-Winner Stanley Nelson’s TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities at Isabel Bader Theatre and will close with South African film The Lucky Specials by Rea Rangaka. This year’s festival also showcases the TBFF Black Market which includes a Masterclass with Emmy-winning filmmaker Sudz Sutherland and Gemini-winning filmmaker Jennifer Holness; a Movie-Talk with filmmaker Corey Grant; a Workshop on how to make Webseries as well as a Tribute and Masterclass with Oscar-winner Louis Gossett Jr.


“We are thrilled to bring a wide array of diverse voices and perspectives to our milestone fifth year,” says Fabienne Colas, President and founder of the Toronto Black Film Festival. “Black voices are an integral part of communities in Toronto, in Canada and across the globe – creating a platform for these voices in Toronto is a powerful act of celebrating this diversity and our history.”


“TD is once again delighted this year to be co-presenting the Toronto Black Film Festival, part of TD’s 2017 Black History Month series celebrating arts and culture.  We know that both residents and visitors to Toronto will be thrilled with this year’s amazing film festival screenings!” said Andre Lucas, Manager, Community Relations, TD Bank Group.


“Global News is delighted to partner with the Toronto Black Film Festival for the fifth consecutive year,” said Ward Smith, Vice President News & Information, Global News & Corus Radio, Eastern Canada. “We’ve been part of the festival since its inception and are thrilled to see it’s continual growth. Kudos to the festival organizers for celebrating Canada’s diverse and vibrant arts community.”


The 5th annual Toronto Black Film Festival, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, is co-presented by TD Bank in collaboration with Global News – from February 15 to 19, 2017 – At Isabel Bader Theatre, Carlton Cinema and Jackman Hall (AGO).


For full #TBFF17 programming and events, visit www.torontoblackfilm.com.


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More about Toronto Black Film Festival

Founded by the Fabienne Coles Foundation, Toronto Black Film Festival is dedicated to celebrating the very best in cinematic work dealing with the varied experiences of black people from diverse communities. Their mandate is to provide an opportunity for filmmakers to shine the spotlight on authentic stories that reflect the realities of black experiences. Along with its sister festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (now in its thirteenth year), TBFF showcases new voices in cinema and encourages audiences to see the world in new ways. In connecting black films with viewers of all ethnic origins, they recognize the differences that make the communities they serve unique while celebrating the shared values that bring people together.


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