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PROGRAM STARRING: Colin Kaepernick, Souleymane Cissé, Gérard Depardieu, Ibrahim Koma, Maxim Khalil, Sidney Poitier, Chantel Riley, Dadju Karidja, Touré Brandon, Victor Dixon, Naturi Naughton, Thomas Sadoski, Orlando Jones, Kenneth Choi, William Fichtner, Kelly McCreary, Lázaro Ramos, Thomás Aquino, Keith David, Danny Glover, Louis Gossett Jr, Jennifer Holness, Rickey Jackson, Rosa Parks and more!


Always innovative, MIBFF is back stronger than ever with new additions to its bold programming, inspiring the next generation of Black artists in film and beyond!

Full Program, opening night VIP pass, All Access Pass & Tickets:

The 18th Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, presented by Desjardins from September 20 to 25, 2022

Montreal, August 31, 2022 – Canada’s largest Black Film Festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), is back with a stronger and more diverse 18th edition, from September 20 to 25, 2022. MIBFF is excited to reconnect with the film community and festival goers entirely In Person and Online for the first time in over 2 years, with more venues, programming, and activities than ever before! #MIBFF22 will present 95 films from 25 countries, including 12 World Premieres, 10 International Premieres, 25 Canadian Premieres et 9 Quebec Premieres.

Opening night will take place on Tuesday, September 20 at 7PM at the Imperial Theatre with the International Premiere of Matt Waldeck’s LOVELY JACKSON (USA), followed by a Q&A session with the director and Rickey Jackson. The film is exonerated prisoner Rickey Jackson’s daring first-hand account of the psychology of survival and spiritual fortitude required to withstand 39 years of wrongful incarceration for a murder he didn’t commit.


#MIBFF22 will close at Cinéma du Musée with the Canadian Premiere of Manuel Schapira’s TROPIQUE DE LA VIOLENCE (France). Upon his mother’s sudden death and fearing deportation, 13-year-old Moses joins the slums where dozens of kids live on their own, completely abandoned by society.

“The MIBFF returns for a breathtaking 18th year that promises to entertain but most importantly to inspire through thought-provoking films. Congrats to the creators who are willing to take a risk by making non-commercial choices, which allows them to tell stories and convey realities that would otherwise not have made it to you. What a privilege to be able to continue to showcase exceptional work that did not always make it to the silver screen. By giving a voice to the marginalized and showing films that shatter taboos, our festival’s aim is to promote professional collaboration, foster systemic changes in the industry and the development of independent films – while celebrating diversity on screen.” – Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the Montreal, Toronto & Halifax Black Film Festivals

As an important platform that amplifies Black voices, MIBFF is proud to host the launch of the Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Festwave Institute, a program aimed to train, support and empower the next generation of Black Canadian film and TV professionals. Additionally, our 1st POP UP Market entitled “Other Black ArtForms will feature original, artistic, and cultural works by local talented Black Artists.

This 18th edition’s programming addresses important topics such as history, social issues, racism, politics, women’s issues, art, romance and LGBTQ issues. The festival’s rich film selection comes from 25 countries including France, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Congo, France, Senegal, Serbia, United States, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Lithuania and more.

One of this year’s must-sees is the World Premiere of the documentary film, A Star Without a Star Juanita by director Kirk E. Kelleykahn. More festival highlights include: How (not) to Build a School in Haiti, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, A Star Without A Star, Marian Anderson: The World in Her Hands, Kaepernick and America, Black As U R, Masi, Exonerating person who went to Prison, Lovely Jackson, A Daughter’s Tribute…Souleymane Cissé (official selection of Cannes), As Verdades, Color Blind, They Can’t So I Must, Pattern, Omar Blondin Diop, La Société des Amputés, Robuste, Kankan, IMA, Tropique de la Violence and more!

The Saturday night red carpet event will feature the Quebec premiere of Kaepernick and America directed by Ross Hockrow and Tommy Walkerand; and the world premiere of kirk E. Kelleykahn’s A Star Without a Star Juanita.

New this year, festivalgoers will get to experience the opening night like a VIP! This $100 pass will provide access to the red carpet, the ceremony, the screening of the opening film, access to the VIP cocktail and first choice of seat selection. Other tickets include our ALL-ACCESS PASSES FOR IN-PERSON & ONLINE and individual tickets ranging from $12 to $25 are also available for purchase on the Festival’s website. Documentary films are presented by Canada Media Fund.




FESTWAVE INSTITUTE LAUNCH | September 23, 7pm | Cinémathèque québécoise

Private event, places are limited. RSVP via

The Festwave Institute was created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, and supported by Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED), to train, support and empower the next generation of Black Canadian film and TV professionals for all stages of their careers – and to change the Canadian Film and Television Business from coast to coast!

SPOTLIGHT ON OTHER BLACK ARTFORMS – POP UP MARKET | September 24, 11pm – 4pm | Cinémathèque québécoise

The Pop-up Market aims to feature talented Black Artists and highlight their original, artistic, and cultural works. Other Black Art Forms can include painting, hairdressing, fashion, decoration, jewelry, accessories, and traditional adornments.

THE MIBFF BLACK MARKET | September 24-25 |Montreal, Arts Interculturels (MAI) & Facebook FREE
Co-presented par Patrimoine Canadien, la SODEC, Téléfilm Canada, Bell Fund

The MIBFF Black Market, an initiative of the Fabienne Colas Foundation, is devoted entirely to Industry professionals. During this series, the workings of the film industry will be the subject of discussions and exchanges while aiming to confront ideas and facilitate the acquisition of knowledge. This year the Black Market will be part of the “Action! Beyond Awareness MIBFF Forum


Bilingual Panel In-Person

  • Networking: The How – To Rules for Approaching People in the Entertainment Industry


English Panels Online

  • Representation in the Media
  • The Winning Formula to get your project off the ground!
  • Being Black in Canada – Montreal: Young Gifted and Black in Today’s Society


French Panels Online

  • La sous-représentation des acteurs noirs dans le théâtre francophone du Québec
  • Être Noir.e au Canada – Montréal: Jeunes cinéaste montréalais noires en actions
  • FIFBM2021 – en rappel – Le guide du cinéaste – Ce que tout nouveau cinéaste doit savoir pour réaliser un film.


September 21 |Cinéma du Parc | 6pm – 11pm | Tickets on 

Presented by NETFLIX, in collaboration with the National Bank, and supported by Telefilm Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts (as well as La SODEC, CALQ, CAM for the Montreal cohorts)

35 Canadian short films from the 2021 cohort will be presented at #MIBFF22! The FCF’s Being Black in Canada Program is a professional training program that supported 35 Black Canadian Filmmakers from 18 to 30 years old last year from Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver in the creation of documentary short films. BBIC is a vital step on the road towards representation and racial equity, on – screen and behind the camera.  This unique project ensures to continue inspiring emerging artists from culturally diverse backgrounds and will change the face of the Canadian Film Industry.


Presented by Desjardins – FREE

This initiative allows the youth to have free access to films created by members of the Black communities. The screenings will be followed by a 60-minute discussion with filmmakers.

  • 21 – 7 :30pm: Côtes-des-Neiges Cultural Center: Dear Jackie d’Henri Pardo
  • 22– 7pm: Montreal North Cultural Center: Être Noir.e à Montréal, 2021 francophone cohort
  • 24 – 11am & 1pm: Maison d’Haïti: Sunny’s Quest: Video screenings for Kids, followed by a Q&A.


Narrative Features: Anik Matern, John Nyce, Gavin Seal

Documentary Features : Jacinthe Brisebois, Ana Alice de Morais, Josa Maule

Short and Mid-Length Films: Deidre J., Marwa, Laquerre-Trantawy, Sandra Mathieu


Opening Night VIP Pass – $100 | In – person All Access Pass – $119 | Online All Access Pass – $99

Regular Film Ticket – $12 | Opening Night – $25 | Closing Night – $20

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


Cinéma Impérial: 1430, rue de Bleury, Montréal

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

Cinéma Beaubien : 2396 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal

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

Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord : 12004 Boul Rolland, Montréal-Nord

Maison de la culture Côtes des neiges : 5290 Ch. de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal

NEW- Cinéma Quartier Latin : 350 Rue Émery, Montréal

NEW – Cinema du Musée : 1379-A Sherbrooke St W, Montreal

NEW- Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI) : 3680, rue Jeanne-Mance, suite 103. Montréal

NEW- Maison d’Haïti:  3245 av. Émile-Journault, Montréal

The 18th Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, will be presented by Desjardins from September 20 to 25, 2022

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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 world. 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 parts of the globe!

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