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POSTER CONTEST : DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL April 30, 2017

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The 13th Montreal International Black Film Festival ( MIBFF), taking place from September 27 to October 1st 2017 , is proud to launch the 4th edition  of its great international poster contest !

From the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean, Africa to North America, via Europe and South America, MIBFF wants to share its most striking black cinematic discoveries while engaging in a wider cultural, social and socio-economic debate. MIBFF has become today’s largest black film festival in Canada. It is a dynamic, bold and innovative festival that fosters the development of the independent film industry and which offers a new and refreshing look on a growing, rich and original film industry.

More info HERE 

FENCES in theater now !

FENCES is directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson, adapted from Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The film stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sydney.  The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black.

An African-American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life.

For more info : http://www.fencesmovie.com/

MOONLIGHT In theatres November 4, 2016

MOONLIGHT In theatres November 4, 2016

A young protagonist, Chiron, from childhood to adulthood as he navigates both the dangers of drugs and violence in his depressed Florida neighbourhood, and his complex love for his best friend. Bullied at school and beaten down by a harsh home life, Chiron risks becoming a statistic – another black man dominated (and ultimately destroyed) by the system. But Chiron is a survivor. As he grows it becomes clear that his real battle isn’t even on the streets. It’s an internal one – reckoning with his love for his best friend.

About the Movie :

The New York time :

“To describe “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’s second feature, as a movie about growing up poor, black and gay would be accurate enough. It would also not be wrong to call it a movie about drug abuse, mass incarceration and school violence. But those classifications are also inadequate, so much as to be downright misleading. It would be truer to the mood and spirit of this breathtaking film to say that it’s about teaching a child to swim, about cooking a meal for an old friend, about the feeling of sand on skin and the sound of waves on a darkened beach, about first kisses and lingering regrets. Based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, “Moonlight” is both a disarmingly, at times almost unbearably personal film and an urgent social document, a hard look at American reality and a poem written in light, music and vivid human face…” Click here for the full article

Black & Maya Angelou and Still I Rise receive top honour at 12th Montreal Black Film Festival

Black & Maya Angelou and Still I Rise
receive top honour
at 12th Montreal Black Film Festival
www.montrealblackfilm.com

Montréal, October 3, 2016 – The 12th edition of the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, announced its prize winners at the Festival’s closing ceremonies on Sunday October 2, at Concordia Theatre Hall. Winners were selected by a professional jury:

Feature-length films, fictions: Kristian Hodko, actor and scriptwriter; Marie-Évelyne Lessard, actress; Michael Challenger, actor, dancer, founder of Anu Productions

Feature-length films, documentaries: Honey A. Dresher, president of Culture. Diversity, Communications; Carel Pedre, producer, radio, and television host; Jérôme Pruneau, doctor of social and cultural anthropology (ethnology), director general of Diversité artistique Montréal (DAM)

Medium-length and short films: Phyllis Gooden, actress; Caesey Shakes, scriptwriter and director; Jhonattan Ardila, actor and director

Members of the juries evaluated excellent films from around the globe according to a set of selection criteria. While all films were outstanding, the following really stood out:

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE: Black, by Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah (Belgium)
Honourable mentions to: Bois d’ébène, by Moussa Touré (Senegal, France)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Maya Angelou and still I rise, by Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack (USA)
Honourable mention to: Sembene, by Samba Gadjigo, Jason Silverman (Sénégal, États-Unis)

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT: Adorn, by Elizabeth Melanson, Mouna Traoré (Canada)
Honourable mention to: High Hoops, by Tanner Jarman (USA)

The 12th Montreal International Black Film Festival, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, was held from September 28 to October 2, 2016. The 13th annual MIBFF will be held from September 27 to October 1st, 2017.

About the Montreal International Black Film Festival – MIBFF
The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) was created in 2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cinema, art and culture. As Canada’s biggest Black Film Festival, MIBFF’s mission is to stimulate the development of the independent film industry and to foster the creation of films on international black realities. The Festival wants to promote a different kind of cinema: cinema from both here and abroad that doesn’t always make it to the silver screen. We showcase ground-breaking cinema that both moves and shocks us, all while raising awareness. Join us for a fresh look at black cinema from all four corners of the globe! www.montrealblackfilm.com

Keep on top of the latest festival news:
www.montrealblackfilm.com
www.facebook.com/blackfilmfestival / www.twitter.com/filmblackmtl / www.Instagram.com/MontrealBlackFilmFest

#MIBFF16
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Black & Maya Angelou and Still I Rise receive top honour at 12th MIBFF 16

Black & Maya Angelou and Still I Rise
receive top honour
at 12th Montreal Black Film Festival
www.montrealblackfilm.com

Montréal, October 3, 2016 – The 12th edition of the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, announced its prize winners at the Festival’s closing ceremonies on Sunday October 2, at Concordia Theatre Hall. Winners were selected by a professional jury:

Feature-length films, fictions: Kristian Hodko, actor and scriptwriter; Marie-Évelyne Lessard, actress; Michael Challenger, actor, dancer, founder of Anu Productions

Feature-length films, documentaries: Honey A. Dresher, president of Culture. Diversity, Communications; Carel Pedre, producer, radio, and television host; Jérôme Pruneau, doctor of social and cultural anthropology (ethnology), director general of Diversité artistique Montréal (DAM)

Medium-length and short films: Phyllis Gooden, actress; Caesey Shakes, scriptwriter and director; Jhonattan Ardila, actor and director

Members of the juries evaluated excellent films from around the globe according to a set of selection criteria. While all films were outstanding, the following really stood out:

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE: Black, by Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah (Belgium)
Honourable mentions to: Bois d’ébène, by Moussa Touré (Senegal, France)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Maya Angelou and still I rise, by Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack (USA)
Honourable mention to: Sembene, by Samba Gadjigo, Jason Silverman (Sénégal, États-Unis)

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT: Adorn, by Elizabeth Melanson, Mouna Traoré (Canada)
Honourable mention to: High Hoops, by Tanner Jarman (USA)

The 12th Montreal International Black Film Festival, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, was held from September 28 to October 2, 2016. The 13th annual MIBFF will be held from September 27 to October 1st, 2017.

About the Montreal International Black Film Festival – MIBFF
The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) was created in 2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cinema, art and culture. As Canada’s biggest Black Film Festival, MIBFF’s mission is to stimulate the development of the independent film industry and to foster the creation of films on international black realities. The Festival wants to promote a different kind of cinema: cinema from both here and abroad that doesn’t always make it to the silver screen. We showcase ground-breaking cinema that both moves and shocks us, all while raising awareness. Join us for a fresh look at black cinema from all four corners of the globe! www.montrealblackfilm.com

Keep on top of the latest festival news:
www.montrealblackfilm.com
www.facebook.com/blackfilmfestival / www.twitter.com/filmblackmtl / www.Instagram.com/MontrealBlackFilmFest

#MIBFF16
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For more information, interviews, and promotional material:
Press relations manager: Dominique Argant – presse@montrealblackfilm.com – 514 663-4588
Coordinator (French-speaking): Fadwa Lapierre – fadwa@montrealblackfilm.com – 514 884-9545
Press agent (English-speaking): Danny Payne – danny@montrealblackfilm.com – 514 621-8657

MEDIA BUZZ 2016

Montreal Gazette : spike lee returns to montreal international black film festival 

Montreal Times

Salut Bonjour : la multidisciplinaire valerie daure

 Tourisme Montréal : FIFBM 2016

The Montreal on line : Montreal international black film festival 2016

Shadow and act :  Maya Angelou

Shadow and Act : Lambadina

Salut Bonjour : Valérie Daure

Ton Petit Look : FIFBM et la diversité culturelle 

Ton Barbier :  5 films à voir absolument

BT Montreal 

MAYA ANGELOU AND STILL I RISE opens the 12th Montreal International Black Film Festival

MAYA ANGELOU AND STILL I RISE,

by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack’s,

opens the 12th Montreal International Black Film Festival

as a Quebec Premiere

 

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, Cinéma Impérial, 7PM.

 

Montreal, 13 September 2016 – The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), established by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, begins its 12th edition with the Quebec premiere of Maya Angelou and Still I Rise, a documentary by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack. The opening ceremony will be on Wednesday, 28 September, 7PM at Cinéma Impérial – in the presence of the film directors.

 

“We are pleased and proud to open the Festival with a documentary about ‘an extraordinary woman.” MIBFF president and Founder Fabienne Colas stated. “‘Speak up/Exprime-toi’ is this year’s Festival underlying theme. Through the films we selected, this year’s programming has attempted to showcase a story, a person, a movement that made itself known, overcame conventions, or demonstrated a willingness to make demands and change the state of affairs. We couldn’t have chosen a more courageous and expressive model than Dr. Maya Angelou,” she concluded.

 

Maya Angelou and Still I Rise is the first documentary focusing on the poet, writer, actor, dancer, and civil rights activist who became an emblematic figure of American history. Friends in Dr. Angelou’s inner circle, with their unmatched access to her life, are taking this opportunity to tell the world about this great woman and her life journey. Maya Angelou and Still I Rise is a skillful biography of a woman who became a global symbol for peace, humility, and freedom. This documentary allows us to uncover Dr. Angelou’s lesser known fragments of her life that made her an exceptional woman in all the work she did.

 

“Most people know the surface persona of Maya Angelou as a writer, poet and civil-rights activist, but few know the amazing breadth of her personal life. A warm, celebratory documentary on the renaissance woman…” – The Hollywood Reporter.

 

“One of the foremost 20th-century shapers of an African-American literature and identity, the subject of “Maya Angelou and Still I Rise” wore many hats in a long, complicated life that has been given valedictory treatment in Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack’s documentary”. – Variety.

 

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise. The opportunity to spend time exploring the rich and complex life, as painful as it was joyous, of this exceptional writer was as nourishing as it sounds”. – Los Angeles Times

 

“What Coburn Whack and Hercules do so well is capture Angelou’s power and elegance, which seems to have increased as she got older. No hagiography, it paints a portrait of a life lived to the full and dedicated to being true to oneself”. – The Guardian

 

The 12th Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), the brainchild of the Fabienne Colas Foundation, will be held from September 28 to October 2, 2016.

 

About the Montreal International Black Film Festival – MIBFF

Created in 2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) is currently the largest film festival in Canada entirely dedicated to black reality from all four corners of the globe. It aims to offer the public the most spectacular productions in black cinema, in addition to being a place to debate the great cultural, social, and socio-economic issues facing society. The objective of the MIBFF is to promote the development of the independent film industry, and showcase more films on black realities across the world. The festival seeks to prioritize those other films: those films from here and from abroad that do not necessarily come under the spotlight, a new cinema that moves its audience and raises awareness – and a few eyebrows. And in doing so, the aim is to address issues and showcase art that makes you think and smile, and provokes, bewilders, and shocks you—a new, fresh look at black cinema from all four corners of the globe! www.montrealblackfilm.com

 

Keep on top of the latest festival news:

www.montrealblackfilm.com

www.facebook.com/blackfilmfestival / www.twitter.com/filmblackmtl / www.Instagram.com/MontrealBlackFilmFest

 

#MIBFF16

 

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For more information, interviews, and promotional material:

Press relations manager: Dominique Argant – presse@montrealblackfilm.com – 514 663-4588

Coordinator (French-speaking): Fadwa Lapierre – fadwa@montrealblackfilm.com – 514 884-9545

Press agent (English-speaking): Danny Payne – danny@montrealblackfilm.com – 514 621-8657

 

 

 

 

USA SPECIAL

Here’s a list of the independent films from the US during the #MIBFF16

 

EVERYTHING BUT A MAN

SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU

AGENTS OF CHANGE

DIRT AND DEEDS IN MISSISSIPPI

 MAYA ANGELOU AND STILL I RISE

 POVERTY INC

 SOUND OF REDEMPTION: The Frank Morgan Story

 STAY WOKE: The Black Lives matter movement

 WALK ALL NIGHT: A drumbeat journey

 10 MINUTES

 1440 AND COUNTING

 ABOUT THAT

 ACROSS THE TRACK

 AQUARIUM

 DIRT

 DOORS

 HIGH HOOPS

 MY GIRL ROSE

 THE BRAVEST THE BOLDEST

 THE EXAMPLE

SPIKE LEE BACK AT THE MIBFF!

SPIKE LEE BACK AT THE MIBFF!

Showing of Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall + Q&A with Spike Lee

Saturday 1st October 2016 – 7:00 p.m. – Theatre Hall Concordia University | $35

 

The great Spike Lee is back at the Montreal International Black Film Festival this year to pay tribute to the King of Pop. The documentary Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall will be a premiere in Canada and a Q&A session will follow: an unmissable opportunity for film-lovers and fans of Spike Lee and Michael Jackson. This “Special Evening with Spike Lee” on Saturday 1st October at 7:00 p.m. at the Concordia University Theatre Hall will give fans the chance to spend a whole evening with this film industry icon, who has helped to revolutionize contemporary black cinema. As a pioneer in independent film production and a proud ambassador of African-American culture, Spike Lee has always addressed complex issues, such as identity-based and ethnic conflicts. His work is for the most part politically oriented, provocative, and often controversial.

 

“We are delighted and honoured to have Spike Lee back at the Festival, which is a testament to his great support for the MIBFF – another huge achievement for Montreal. Spike Lee is a pioneer and a source of inspiration and motivation for a whole generation. His commitment to independent cinema, his strength, determination, and activism in achieving social justice really make a difference in a world that, too often, tends to silence us.” – Fabienne Colas, president and founder of the MIBFF

Tickets and infos here