14TH MIBFF: SPIKE LEE IS BACK TO THE MONTREAL INTL BLACK FILM FESTIVAL + 72 FILMS FROM 25 COUNTRIES!

Program starring Danny Glover, Toni Morrison, Edwidge Danticat, Garcelle Beauvais, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Robert Ri’chard… for an even more committed Festival!

The 14th annual Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) returns with a strong, diverse, and bold programming which 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 14th Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Quebecor, will be held from September 25 to 30, 2018

Montreal, September 6, 2018 – The Montreal International Black Film Festival team (MIBFF) has unveiled the programming for its 14th year, which will be held from September 25 to 30, 2018. 72 films from 25 countries to inspire you to see the world differently and take action! MIBFF is thrilled to welcome back Spike Lee for the 3rd time as an honorary guest; this time for an intimate conversation where festivalgoers get to hear the Academy Award winning director discuss his journey as a filmmaker as well as his views on today’s socio-economic environment. This will be Spike Lee’s first return in Canada since he won the Grand Prix du Jury at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for his latest film Blackkklansman.

 

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH SPIKE LEE

At the Montreal International Black Film Festival!

Presented by Quebecor and Global News

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 – Imperial Cinema

7PM: VIP Meet & Greet – Cocktail | 8PM: Conference

$35 (Gen. Admission) | $150 (VIP)

 

Spike Lee like you’ve never heard him before in Montreal! An intimate conference where he will discuss his journey as a filmmaker, writer, actor and producer; his take and advice on filmmaking today – how to maximize new technology to get your film made; how he sees the future of Black films and diversity off/on screen; as well as his view on today’s social-economic issues. A privileged moment with the legendary director of Do the right thing, Malcolm X, Blakklansman. Tickets are on sale here.

 

“We are delighted and honoured to have Spike Lee back to the Festival for a 3rd time, which is a testament to his great support for the MIBFF – another huge achievement for Montreal and for the Festival. 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.

 

Created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, Canada’s biggest black film festival returns for a breathtaking 14th year that promises to entertain but most importantly to inspire through thought-provoking films. MIBFF’s mission remains, as always, to give minorities a voice on and off screen and to shine the spotlight on diversity within the industry. Besides Spike Lee’s intimate talk, the program features 72 films among which some are world, international, North American, Canadian or Quebec premieres; the MIBFF Black Market space dedicated to the cinema industry and introducing the first MIBFF Kids Program.

 

Our absolute favourites are inspiring stories that combine cultural heritage, the struggle against injustice, and inequality with passion, determination, strength, and great feats. You don’t want to miss: Obey, Dead Women Walking, The Foreigner’s Home, Azali (Fate), Congo – une tragédie politque, Beyond The River, The color of medicine, Correndo Atras (Running After), La Negrada (The Black Mexicans), Supa Modo, Time for Ilhan, United Skates, Bessie Coleman, Première Aviatrice Noire, Bigger than Africa, Runaway, Vagabonds, The Deliverer, Accidentals, the Orphan, Bilal: A new Breed a Hero, Liyana, Buffalo soldiers: A quest for Freedom…

 

SPOKESPEOPLE

Author, composer, singer, and actor Manuel Tadros, who has enjoyed a 40-year career in Quebec, and Entrepreneur, actress and filmmaker Fabienne Colas, who was named 2018 Canada’s Top 40 under 40, are the spokespeople for this 14th edition.

 

OPENING FILM – OBEY

By Jamie Jones

Winner of best cinematography as international film at 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

Presented by Quebecor

Tuesday, September 25 – 7PM – Cinéma Impérial | $25

 

The clashing of two very different worlds results in a tragic love story in the heady days leading up to dramatic social unrest. OBEY is about Leon, a nineteen-year-old boy with an alcoholic mother who has grown up in and out of care. Oppressed at home and hunted on the streets by local gangs, Leon’s existence is suffocating, and all too real. When he meets Twiggy, a beautiful blond girl living in a local squat something stirs inside of him. He is in love for the first time and for a moment escapes the reality of his unrelenting existence. But naïve to the affluent world supporting Twiggy’s hedonistic lifestyle, Leon is unprepared when Twiggy no longer wants him around. Leon withdraws allowing his raw and unhampered emotions to take over in the blind fight against his unjust existence with terrifying and brutal consequences. Raw and uncompromising, OBEY draws inspiration from films such as Catch Me Daddy, Fish Tank, This is England and KIDS.

CLOSING FILM: DEAD WOMEN WALKING

By Hagar Ben-Asher

Presented by the Fabienne Colas Foundation

Sunday, September 30 – 7PM – Cinema Imperial – $20

 As described by Tribeca Film Festival’s Liza Domnitz, “Told through nine moving vignettes, each anchored by a subtle, yet overwhelming performance, Dead Women Walking traces the final days of a series of women on death row, from two weeks before one inmate’s execution to mere minutes before another’s. As these narratives develop, the human toll of the death penalty – not only on the women convicted of violent crimes, but also on their families, prison officials, and ministers and counselors coaching them through their final days – comes into clear focus. Looming over Dead Women Walking are two questions: Why did they do it? And, more implicit and rarely asked: How does society grapple with women’s violence?”

 

1st MIBFF KIDS PROGRAM

Sunday, September 30, 2018 – 1PM till 6PM – Cinema du Parc

$12 Adult | $6 Kids (12 years and under) – Proof of age may be requested on site.

 The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Quebecor, is thrilled to be introducing the MIBFF Kids Program!

MISSION: MIBFF Kids Program wants to inspire and empower children through the discovery of filmmaking, animation, story-telling and more. The Festival wants to offer kids a cool environment where they can learn, be creative and express themselves in a fun way while being exposed to black history and black stories.

 

PROGRAM SUMMARY: A total of 6 animated films will be presented for this first edition:

  • Bilal: A New Breed of Hero, by Ayman Jamal, Khurram H. Alavi (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia)
  • Wireless, by Tayo Odesanya (UK)
  • Minga et la cuillère cassée, by Claye Edou (Cameroon)
  • L’arbre à Palimpseste, by Ingrid Agbo, Sacha Perrin-Bayard (France)
  • Liyana, by Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp (Swaziland, USA)
  • Cut Bait, by Robert Walkine (USA)

 

THE MIBFF BLACK MARKET

Presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, CALQ and Telefilm Canada

September 29 & 30 – L’Inis – Schedule on Festival Website | Free (reserve online)

If you want to succeed in the film industry, the MIBFF Black Market returns with a master class and workshop that you won’t want to miss. Established Canadian and international filmmakers will share their knowledge and experiences of film creation, financing, production, distribution, and the festival circuit. A panel featuring public grant organizations will also be part of this series of four workshops, ideal for people to know how they can find obtain funding in the film industry.

 

JURY MEMBERS

Narrative features: Rosey Ugo Edeh (president), Nathalie MacNeil, Richard Burnett

Feature documentaries: Brian Bronfman (presdient), Balarama Holness, Ely Bonder

Mid-Length and short films: Kim Gurgerson (president), Thierry Lindor, Catherine Beauchamp

 

TICKETS & PASSES*

  • VIP Card Total Access: VIP Package – See details on website: $195
  • Passport Card Access to all films at Cinéma du Parc + Cinémathèque Québécoise: $95

 

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS*:

Regular film ticket – $12 | Opening evening – $25 | Closing evening – $20 | Spike Lee’s conference – $35 (Reg) or $150 (VIP) | MIBFF Kids Program $6 (12 years and under) – $12 (adult)

*Fees: All prices are subject to services charges and taxes

VENUES

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

Cinémathèque: 335, boul. de Maisonneuve E., Montréal

Cinéma du Parc: 3575, av. du Parc, Montréal

L’Inis: 301, boul. de Maisonneuve E., Montréal

The 14th Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Quebecor, will be held from September 25 to 30, 2018.

 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 Canadian film festival entirely dedicated to black realities from all four corners of the globe. It aims to offer the public the most spectacular productions in black cinema and debate the great cultural, social, and socio-economic issues facing society. The MIBFF goal is to promote the development of the independent film industry and showcase more films depicting black realities around the world. The festival seeks to prioritize local and international films that do not necessarily come under the spotlight, a new cinema that moves its audience and raises awareness – and a few eyebrows. In so doing, the MIBFF addresses issues and showcases art that makes you think and smile, provokes, bewilders, and shocks you – a new, fresh look at black cinema from all four corners of the globe! www.montrealblackfilm.com

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