10th Montreal International Black Film Festival, founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation,

Presented by Global Montreal – September 23 – 28, 2014

Tickets on sale now: www.montrealblackfilm.com

 

Montreal – Wednesday, September 3, 2014 – The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) is improving this year’s line-up with original and rewarding events. More than just a festival, the MIBFF encourages debate on important cultural, social and socio-economic issues with prominent guests. For privileged access to international cultural treasures, take advantage of our special events at www.montrealblackfilm.com.

 

OPENING FILM – BORIS LOJKINE’S HOPE

SACD Award – Semaine de la Critique, 2014 Cannes Festival

Tuesday September 23, 7PM, Imperial Theater | $25

Presented by Global Montreal

North American Premiere: Deep in the Sahara desert, on his way to Europe, Léonard, a young man from Cameroon, rescues Hope, a Nigerian woman. In a fiercely hostile world where you have to stay with your own people to stay safe, these two try to find their way and love each other.

 

CLOSING FILM – BIYI BANDELE’S HALF OF A YELLOW SUN

Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronro International Film Festival (TIFF)

Sunday September 28, 7PM, Grande Bibliothèque | $25

Presented by Fabienne Colas Foundation

Quebec Premiere: Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they take different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic.

 

BLACK MARKET: INDUSTRY CONFERENCE

Wednesday September 24, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 8:30AM-5:00PM | $95

Presented by Zaza production

To celebrate 10 years of the MIBFF, we’re expanding our program with a conference featuring internationally renowned industry professionals, experts, intellectuals, and visionaries. Our guests will share an exciting blend of cutting-edge thinking and real-world experience on today’s most critical filmmaking issues. Learn how to achieve your dreams and expand your knowledge and network by learning and sharing with the experts.

 

TRIBUTE TO SPIKE LEE

Wednesday September 24, 7PM, Imperial Theater | $25

Co-presented by Global Montreal, The Suburban and Fantasia international film Festival 

Academy Award nominated director and screenwriter Spike Lee will receive the Montreal International Black Film Festival’s inaugural PIONEER AWARD. The MIBFF is thrilled to grant him this prestigious award in recognition of his body of work which revolutionized the role of black talent in Hollywood, tearing away decades of stereotypes and marginalized portrayals to establish a new arena for African-American voices to be heard.

The award ceremony will precede the International Premiere of Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, Spike Lee’s latest film funded by Kickstarter. Following the film screening, audience members will get a chance to participate in a Q&A session with the famed director.

 

TRIBUTE TO RÉGINE CHASSAGNE & DOMINIQUE ANGLADE

Friday 26 September, 6:30PM, Cineplex Odeon du Quartier Latin | $20

Co-presented by Fondation Paul Gérin Lajoie and Centre des Viandes F. Iasenza

The Montreal International Black Film Festival will honour Régine Chassagne and Dominique Anglade, with 2014 SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD for the significance of their social and community involvement through KANPE. Both of Haitian decent,Chassagne and Angladewill be the first women to ever be honoured in the history of the Festival. The award ceremony will precede the screening of the historical documentary Victorieux ou Morts, mais jamais Prisonniers, followed by a Q&A withdirector Mario Delatour.

 

“YOUTH AND DIVERSITY” EVENING

Thursday September 25, 9PM, Former NFB Cinema | $10

Co-presented by Fabienne Colas Foundation, Inis, Pimiento, NFB

Five young and promising filmmakers from black communities in Montreal were selected from a group of around 35 candidates to each direct a documentary short on the theme “Being Black in Montreal.” They attended short workshops at L’inis and were mentored by professionals. The projects’ artistic director was Henri Pardo. With this first part of the program “Youth & Diversity,” created in honour of MIBFF’s 10th anniversary, the Fabienne Colas Foundation has gone above and beyond its role as a promoter, investing in training the next generation of audiovisual professionals. The Foundation is proud to present the work of these five filmmakers on the following themes: identity, redemption & second chance, language, modern black feminity and sacrifice & immigration.

 

JOLLYWOOD EVENING: MOVIE DISCUSSION (HAITI OPTIMISTE)

Friday September 26, 9PM, Former NFB Cinema | $10

Presented by Magnus Poirier

Haiti Optimiste is a collection of recent work from Ciné Institute, Haiti’s only film school. The Institute creates modern opportunities for the country’s youth through a tuition free two-year program, which features a college level curriculum, hands-on technical training, and professional support for graduates. The program features a range of works from students and graduates including award winning films like Amiral Gaspard’s supernatural Le bon, le méchant et l’apprenti (The Good, The Bad, The Apprentice), and cutting edge projects like Arcade Fire’s interactive Just a Reflektor music video directed by Vincent Morisset and produced with assistance from Ciné Institute graduates.Film followed by discussion with David Belle, Founder of Cine Institute.

 

Montreal International Black Film Festival – created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation – presented by Global Montreal, will be heldfrom September 23 to 28, 2014. Visit www.montrealblackfilm.com for more info.

 

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!

 

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