The young participants in the “Being Black in Montreal” project have been selected and will begin the program on June 19.

The selection committee, made up of Henri Pardo, Jean Hamel from l’INIS, Orlando Arriagada from Pimiento and Carole Villemontiex from the Fabienne Colas Foundation, selected six young and promising filmmakers from the 32 applications received after examining their applications and conducting interviews. Sandra Cayo, Maggie Corriveau, Annick Maugile Flavien, Caesey Shakes, Claude Emmanuelle Yapo and Jeff Figaro are the lucky winners who will benefit from professional mentorship during the creation of their own documentary shorts.

On Tuesday, June 17, the six participants met their mentors and teachers who will guide them through the coming weeks and the collaborators of the project.

On Thursday, June 19, they will begin their training and soon begin the conception and direction of their documentary short projects.

We are looking forward to seeing their productions, which will be shown at the 10th Montreal International Black Film Festival (September 23 to 28, 2014)!

About Being Black in Montreal

The Fabienne Colas Foundation implemented a brand new program, “Youth and Diversity”, for the 10th anniversary of the Montreal International Black Film Festival. This program offers professional mentorship in the audiovisual production of a short film with the theme of “Being Black in Montreal” this year, with the support of l’INIS, the Groupe Pimiento and the NFB, and the artistic direction of director Henri Pardo. The program is for young Montrealers between 18 and 28 years old, who are from black communities, are passionate about film and hope to work in the audiovisual field.

The young, promising filmmakers will be guided through the many steps in audiovisual production (screenwriting, directing, editing, post-production, etc.), and will create a documentary short (around 7 minutes). This process will be carried out under the tutelage of industry professionals with professional equipment. Their final work will be screened at a special event of the 10th Montreal International Black Film Festival, from September 23 to 28, 2014. Filmmakers will address the issue of social integration for people living in Montreal’s black communities through film.