BULADO, SEEDS: BLACK WOMEN IN POWER,
AL-SIT, BECOMING BLACK LAWYERS & THE SACRED WOODS
Receive Top Honour at the 17th Montreal International Black Film Festival

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Montreal, October 4, 2021 – The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and co-presented by Québecor and Desjardins, is proud to close its 17th edition. #MIBFF21 celebrated the Francophonie through 130 films from 30 countries and presented  the MIBFF 2021 Career Achievement Award to Cesar winning French/Senegalese actor Omar Sy (Lupin, The Untouchables); award winning Haitian-Canadian visual artist and filmmaker, Martine Chartrand (Black Soul, MacPherson); and Guadeloupean/French activist and actress, Firmine Richard (8 women, La première étoile).

During this first hybrid edition of the festival, a professional jury evaluated the films in competition according to a series of selection criteria. While all the selected films were outstanding, the following really stood out:

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE:  BULADO by Eché Janga (Curaçao, Netherlands)
HONOURABLE MENTION: THE SPECIAL by Ignacio Márquez

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: SEEDS: BLACK WOMEN IN POWER by Éthel Oliveira and Júlia Mariano (Brazil)
HONOURABLE MENTION: RUMBA KINGS, by Alan Brain

BEST MID-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY: THE SACRED WOODS by Abdallah Chamekh (Tunisia)
HONOURABLE MENTION: 100 YEARS FROM MISSISSIPI by Tarabu Betserai Kirkland

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT: AL-SIT by Suzannah Mirghani (Soudan, Qatar)
HONOURABLE MENTIONS: TWA FÈY by Eléonore Coyette & Sephora Monteau, THE NIGHT I LEFT AMERICA by Laki Karavias

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY: BECOMING BLACK LAWYERS by Evangeline M. Mitchell (USA)
HONOURABLE MENTION: R.I.P. SENI de Daizy Ifama

JURY MEMBERS

Narrative features: President – Ginette Petit, Alexandre Flores, Danny Blanco Hall

Feature documentaries: President – Rosana Roth, Patrick Kabeya, Mahalia Verna

Mid-Length and short films: President – Laurent Maurice Lafontant, Vanessa Rancourt, Mora Etienne

The 18th Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF)
will take place from September 21 to October 2, 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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