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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

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12th MIBFF: SPIKE LEE IS BACK!

12th MIBFF: SPIKE LEE IS BACK!

 

Spike Lee, Clement Virgo, Maya Angelou, Sembene, Black Lives Matter Movement… for an ever more committed festival!

 

The 12th Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) features a program that highlights the tales and events that have challenged conventions, left a distinctive mark on our times, and changed how we see the world.

 

Full program and tickets: www.montrealblackfilm.com

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

 

 

Montreal, 8th September 2016 – The Montreal International Black Film Festival team (MIBFF) revealed the program for the 12th edition, which will be held from 28th September to 2nd October 2016 and features 40 films from all four corners of the globe, most of which will be shown in the Cinéma Impérial, Cinéma du Parc, the former ONF cinema, and the Concordia University Theatre Hall. Created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, the biggest black film festival in Canada is back for a 12th edition, which promises to be inspiring and breathtaking – and the return of the legendary Oscar-winning director and producer SPIKE LEE, who won the MIBFF Precursor Award in 2014, just goes to prove it.

 

 

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.

Synopsis  of Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall:
 
This film, directed by Spike Lee, starts with a glimpse into Michael’s evolution from the early days as a member of the Jackson Five to the time Michael decides it is finally time to release his first solo album – Off The Wall – featuring his own music and with him having ultimate creative control. Spike then offers an in-depth look at each of the individual tracks on this seminal album, the cultural significance of the album and the impact it continues to have on today’s artists. The individuals who were interviewed for the documentary include some of today’s most artist artists as well as other cultural icons. It is clear from the documentary that the influence of The King of Pop and Off The Wall continue to be felt today.

 

 

SPOKESPEOPLE AND HONORARY PRESIDENT

 

Author, composer, singer, and actor Manuel Tadros, who has enjoyed a 40-year career in Quebec, and singer Valérie Daure, who performed magically on the La Voix series and dabbles in comedy, are the spokespeople for this 12th edition. Monique Jérôme-Forget, former Quebec finance minister and currently serving as special advisor in Osler, president of the Board of Directors of the McCord Museum, and honorary member of the Board of Directors of the Fabienne Colas Foundation, is the festival’s honorary president.

 

 

A PROGRAM ON THE TOPIC: SPEAK UP/ EXPRIME-TOI

 

The objective of the Montreal International Black Film Festival has always been to promote diversity and give minorities a voice by opening our eyes to certain realities in the world through the 7th art. “Today, more than ever, we want to challenge the many inconsistencies, inequalities, and injustices that still claim many victims,” explained Mrs. Fabienne Colas, president of the festival. “The fact remains that not everyone has access to opportunities. We cannot pretend everything is okay. Everyone has a part to play if we want things to change.”

Speak up / Exprime-toi  is the underlying theme for this new edition. Through the films selected, special events, round tables, and guests of honour, the 2016 program has attempted to showcase a story, a person, or a movement that is not afraid to be heard, has been able to overcome conventions, and has not been afraid to make demands and change the state of affairs. The official poster of the 12th MIBFF, an original work of art by Sandro França, is the perfect reflection of this.

Our absolute favourites are inspiring stories that combine cultural heritage, the struggle against injustice, and inequality with passion, determination, strength, and great feats. Don’t miss Maya Angelou and Still I Rise, Le Gang des Antillais, Walk All Night: A Drumbeat Journey, Lambadina, Bois d’Ébène, Agents of Change, Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi, Black, Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (with Spike Lee), Southside with You, Dieu Merci, Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement.

The program features films – often international, Canadian, or Quebec premieres – from all four corners of the world, an MIBFF Black Market space dedicated to the cinema industry, special events, and tributes to international figures. It also includes a Black Fem’Art exhibition that highlights black femininity through the work of ten young female artists from Montreal and the documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement by Jesse Williams, which will be followed by a round table with distinguished guests to discuss a movement that affects us all.

   

 

OPENING FILM: MAYA ANGELOU AND STILL I RISE

By Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack

Official selection at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival

Wednesday 28th September – 7:00 p.m. –  Cinéma Impérial | $25

 

Maya Angelou and Still I Rise will kick off this year’s edition as a premiere in Quebec. The opening of the festival will be dedicated to Maya Angelou, a Pulitzer-nominated writer, poet, and artist who has received a medal from Barack Obama—a symbol of the struggle for civic rights in the United States. The documentary explores how historical, cultural, and artistic events have shaped Dr. Maya Angelou’s journey and how she, in turn, has shaped our view of the world through her tales and activism. There will be a tribute to Canadian director Clement Virgo before the screening.

 

CLEMENT VIRGO WILL RECEIVE THE CAREER EXCELLENCE AWARD

Wednesday 28th September – 7:00 p.m. –  Cinéma Impérial

 

The opening evening will pay tribute to CLEMENT VIRGO, one of the most highly acclaimed directors in Canada. Best known for directing the Canadian mini-series The Book of Negroes – broadcast on CBC – which has won 11 Canadian Screen Awards, Clement Virgo also directed the entire first season of the OWN network drama Greenleaf (2016), for which he is the executive producer alongside Oprah Winfrey. He will receive the 2016 MIBFF Career Excellence Award in recognition of his stunning, prolific career. The tribute will be followed by the film Maya Angelou and Still I Rise.

 

 

 

CLOSING FILM: BLACK

By Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah

Winner of the Dropbox Discovery Programme Filmmakers Award at TIFF 2015

Sunday 2nd October 7:00 p.m. –  Theatre Hall Concordia | $20

 

Black is an immensely rich film. Love, betrayal, friendship, violence, immigration, and uprooting are just some of the topics that this film, which will round off the 2016 MIBFF, is built around. Two gangs from the suburbs of Brussels, the Black Bronx and the 1080, are engaged in a merciless conflict. Mavela falls in love in Marwan, a rival gang member. The two lovers become entangled in an intense, forbidden, and dangerous passion.

 

 

THE MIBFF BLACK MARKET

Saturday 1st October 1:00 p.m. –  Former ONF cinema | $10

 

The MIBFF Black Market is back with a master class/workshop that you won’t want to miss if you want to succeed in the film industry. Established filmmakers from Canada and abroad will come to share their experiences in film creation, financing, production and distribution, and in the festival circuit.

 

 

FILM AND DISCUSSION: STAY WOKE: THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT

Sunday 2nd October – 1:00 p.m. –  Former ONF cinema | $10

 

This year, we want to place particular emphasis on a movement that affects us all: The Black Lives Matter Movement. For the first time, a round table will be held to discuss this movement after the documentary directed by Laurens Grant, winner of several Emmy Awards, and produced by Jesse Williams Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement. Through the experiences of activists and local celebrities, a parallel will be drawn between the situations in the USA and Canada on issues such as racism, racial profiling, diversity, and the representation of visible minorities.

 

 

EXHIBITION:  BLACK FEM’ART 

23rd September – 1st October 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Espace Mushagalusa | Free

 

The BLACK FEM’Art exhibition highlights work by 10 young, black women from Montreal during the 12th edition of the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF). The festival wishes to showcase these multitalented young artists to the public and increase their visibility with the aim of promoting artistic diversity in Montreal and supporting these artists in their work. With each artist bearing her own personality, background, and style, visitors will be treated to a delightful panel of “made in Montreal” creations and forms of expression.

 

JURY MEMBERS

 

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

 

 

TICKETS AND PASSES

 

PASSES:

  • VIP Card Total Access: VIP Package – See details on website: $195
  • Passport Card Access to all films: Cinéma du Parc + former ONF cinema: $95

 

 

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS:

  • Regular film ticket – $10 | Opening evening – $25 | Closing evening – $20
  • Special events – $15-$35 | After Party–$15

 

 

VENUES

Cinéma Impérial: Centre Sandra and Leo Kolber: 1430, rue de Bleury, Montréal

Old ONF cinema (Judith-Jasmin Annexe): 1564, rue St-Denis

Concordia University, Theatre Hall 1455, boul. de Maisonneuve O., Montréal

Cinéma du Parc 3575, av. du Parc, Montréal

Galerie Mushagalusa 533, rue Ontario E., Montréal

 

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

 

#FIFBM16

 

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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

 

GUESS WHO IS COMING TO #MIBFF16!?

September 8, 2016

Your are cordially invited to attend the unveiling of the program for the 12th edition of the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF).
Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 2PM

online : www.facebook.com/Blackfilmfestival

MontrealBlackFilm.com  #MIBFF16

In addition to announcing the films selected for this edition of the Festival, we will also be presenting this year’s spokesperson, announcing the Honorary Awards recipients, unveiling the names of the members of the jury and presenting other activities surrounding the Festival.

New Poster for the 2016 MIBFF

SANDRO FRANÇA

WINNER OF 2016 MIBFF POSTER CONTEST

 

Biographical Note:

Sandro França graduated in Graphic Design at the Centro Universitário Unicuritiba in Brazil (2011).

He is interested in several areas of Design; however his main focus is typography and illustration. He merges these two techniques in his works and always seeks to use different aesthetics.

In addition to working in the world of Design during his spare time, he is always looking for challenges, competitions and other means to continue producing, because he believes that this allow his work to evaluate.

Explanation of poster:

This poster portrays the struggle of minorities, represented by the face of a black woman. The painted cross represents the society trying to silence a movement which is based on constant communication

MIBFF choice :

The MIBFF chose this powerful poster that demonstrates how our art can be a representation of our fight.

 

https://www.facebook.com/sandrofrancadesigner

www.behance.net/sandrofranca

DON’T MISS ! The Black Panthers Documentary

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2016 commemorates 50 years since the creation of the Black Panther Party. Join us for a special Movie-Talk on Emmy Award-winner Stanley Nelson’s acclaimed fillm: THE BLACK PANTHERS – VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION, on SATURDAY, FEB 27 at 7PM at D.B. Clarke Theatre (Concordia University: 1455 Blv De Mainsonneuve O., Montreal). The film will be followed by a discussion with the famed director.

A Fondation Fabienne Colas Foundation event – Presented by TD as part of Le Mois de l’Histoire des Noirs / Black History Month – Supported byRIDM, Cinema Politica Network, Festival Film Black / Black Film Festival Montreal, Concordia University, Global Montreal, Reseau des donateurs pour la Paix.

HURRY: Tickets and full trailer: www.fadetoblack.ca

2016 POSTER CONTEST !

 

LAUNCH OF THE 3rd EDITION OF THE MIBFF POSTER CONTEST!

The 12th Montreal International Black Film Festival ( MIBFF), taking place from September 27th to October 2th, 2016 , is proud to launch the 3rd edition  of its great international poster contest !

Click here for more informations

MARIN LUTHER KING III – 2015

MARTIN LUTHER KING III

As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III is carrying the family torch and pursuing equality and justice for all people. A human rights advocate, community activist and a political leader, King has been actively involved in significant policy initiatives to maintain the fair and equitable treatment of all citizens, at home and abroad. Utilizing the principles of Kingian nonviolence, King quietly exercised negotiation and persuasion to reach a compromise between Georgia legislators and leaders to change the state flag that was an offensive and divisive symbol for many Georgians.

His commitment to worldwide humanitarian concerns was exemplified in the late 1970s when he was asked to represent president Jimmy Carter in two official delegations to promote peace in foreign countries. Later, in 1984, as a member of the board of directors of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, King ventured to five poverty and drought-stricken African nations on a fact-finding tour. In the 1980s, he turned his attention and action to the injustices of South Africa and was arrested at the South African embassy in Washington, D.C. as part of a civil disobedience protest against apartheid, and for the release of freedom-fighter Nelson Mandela. In the 1990s, he addressed the moral and political dilemmas of third-world nations such as Haiti and Nigeria. In 1996, he toured Great Britain, where he celebrated Black History Month and shared his father’s vision of justice and equality for all people. In 2006, he founded the nonprofit organization Realizing the Dream, Inc., which eventually merged with The King Center in 2010.

On the 44th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination, Martin Luther King III gave a new meaning to the date, addressing youth violence prevention as a public health issue. April 4th Revisited: Saving Lives, Building Dreams was an initiative launched in collaboration with the CDC-funded Prevention Institute as a call-to-action to build momentum for nonviolence and peaceful communities nationwide.

PAUL HAGGIS – 2015

PAUL HAGGIS, Film director, screenwriter, and producer

Born in London, Ontario, Paul Haggis is an award-winning filmmaker. In 2006, Haggis became the first screenwriter in Oscar history to have written back-to-back Best Picture winners, for 2005’s Million Dollar Baby, directed by Clint Eastwood, and 2006’s Crash, which Haggis himself directed. For Crash, Haggis won Academy Awards for both Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Haggis’ other screenplays include Flags of our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima and two James Bond films (Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace), as well as In the Valley of Elah, The Next Three Days, and Third Person, all three of which he directed. For over two decades he has written, directed, and produced television shows such as Walker, Texas Ranger, The Tracey Ullman Show, and Thirtysomething, for which he won two Emmys. Most recently, Haggis directed all six episodes of the HBO mini-series Show Me a Hero. Haggis was honored with the prestigious Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement by the Writers Guild of America. Equally committed to his private and social concerns, Haggis is the founder of Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), which is committed to providing education, healthcare, and dignity to the poorest children of Haiti. His work with APJ provides thousands of aspiring Haitians hope for the future. He currently resides in New York.

PRAS MICHEL 2015

 

Prazkazrel Samuel Michel, known as Pras, is an American music artist and film producer who has worked in the entertainment industry for decades. He first became known to the world as the founding member of the multi-platinum and two-time Grammy award winning group, The Fugees, with Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill. After attending Yale University with a double major in Philosophy and Psychology, he made his debut in the 1999 feature film, Mystery Men, with Ben Stiller and William H. Macy. Pras quickly progressed into producing and acting with New Line Cinema’s Turn It Up and the documentary, Skid Row. While filming Skid Row, he went undercover as a homeless man in downtown L.A. to experience life from the viewpoint of those society is quick to cast aside. It was one of the first examples of Pras inserting himself into challenging circumstances to provide a message of social change. This effort has continued with his work towards improving the quality of life in Haiti and his support of the initiatives of his friend, President Barack Obama.

Shortly after Skid Row, his career sent him into difficult environments such as the African coast and Haiti. While filming the currently in-development documentary Paper Dreams in 2008, Somalian pirates took the captain of his ship hostage for a month. The adversity Pras faced only challenged him to fight to make the world a more peaceful place through art. It was after the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010 where Pras’ path for making positive social changes became clearer. Growing up, he was raised by Haitian parents with a strong sense of culture and pride. The tragedy inspired him to work on improving the country of his culture and film the documentary, Sweet Mickey for President.

His efforts to improve the lives of the less fortunate haven’t been limited to Haiti. His work with the Clinton Global Initiative, Artists For Peace and Justice, and his support for President Obama’s campaigns have shown a consistent drive to create pieces that will inspire conversations about the change needed for societies to grow and flourish. Pras was instrumental in raising awareness and campaigning for the President and his policies in an effort to provide change and a hopeful future for the underprivileged. During the 2012 election cycle, Pras was one of the top 25 private donors, and firmly supports the efforts made by the President and the First Lady.

In every step of his journey, Pras has made it a mission to understand what it is that we must work to fix and work towards making it a reality. By using his talents in both the music and film industries, he continues to produce works that fight against injustice and shed light on the important issues of our time. Through art, he strives to find organic connections to the human condition, and turn them into transformative pieces that improve the world at large.

Imperial Dreams, 3 1/2 Minutes-10 bullets & Le Commencement Receive Top Honour!

 

 

The 11th edition of the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Global News Montreal, announced its prize winners at the Festival’s closing ceremonies on Sunday October 4, at Concordia Theatre Hall.

 

Winners were selected by a professional jury:

 

Narrative Feature Films: Pierre Magny, president of the jury, director; Co-Hoedeman, animated film director, animator, writer, concept developer and filmmaker; Catherine Hébert, director.

 

Documentary Feature Films: Rachelle Salnave, president of the jury, filmmaker; Isabelle Depelteau, director and screenwriter; Dan Shannon, producer, director and DP.

 

Short and Mid-Length Narrative Films: Alice Tran, president of the jury, MAtv host and actress; Aleksander Lubczynski, filmmaker; Maxence Bradley, producer, director and independent consultant.

 

Members of the juries evaluated excellent films from over 20 countries according to a set of selection criteria. While all films were outstanding, the following really stood out:

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE: Malik Vital’s Imperial Dreams (USA)

Honourable mentions to: Ernest Nkosi’s Thina Sobabili (South Africa)

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Marc Silver’s 31/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets (USA)

Honourable mention to: Michiel Thomas’ Game Face (USA) and Stanley Nelson’s Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (USA)

 

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT: Loîc Barché’s Le Commencement (France)

Honourable mention to: Anna Musso’s Run Fast (USA)

 

 

The 11th Montreal International Black Film Festival, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, was  held from September 29 to October 4, 2015 and was presented by Global News Montreal.