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Inaugural Toronto Black Film Fest will run from

February 13th – 17th, 2013

For Immediate Release

December 5, 2012, Toronto, ON – Fabienne Colas, Founder and President of the Toronto Black Film Festival, announced today that the hugely successful Montreal International Black Film Festival, presented for the last 3 years by Global Montreal, will be expanding to Toronto in early 2013. Timed to coincide with Black History Month celebrations, the inaugural fest will run from February 13th – 17th, 2013.

With a varied program of films from all over the world, the Toronto Black Film Festival promises something for everyone. In addition to screenings, the Festival will offer concerts, panel discussions, exhibitions and workshops, allowing the festival-goers the opportunity to meet filmmakers and artists from around the world.

“Since its inception, the Montreal International Black Film Festival has been attracting tens of thousands of festival-goers of all ages and from diverse origins,” states Colas. “Last year’s edition screened 115 films from over 40 countries and paid tribute to internationally celebrated personalities including legendary singer, activist and actor Harry Belafonte and best-selling author and speaker Stedman Graham. Combined with the expertise of our Toronto team, we will use those 8 years of experience and success in Montreal to make the Toronto Black Film Festival a destination for culture lovers in the city.”

Presented by Global Toronto, the Toronto Black Film Festival is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world. In connecting black films with viewers of all colours and ethnic origins we recognize the differences that make us unique and celebrate the shared values that bring us together. Films illuminate, entertain and invite audiences to see the world from another person’s experience. Coming together through art allows members of all cultural communities to better understand one another.

The Montreal International Black Film Festival was created in 2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cinema, art and culture. Its mission is to stimulate the development of the independent film industry and to foster the creation of films on international Black realities.

For additional information about the Toronto Black Film Festival, please contact:



Angie Burns

Director of Press Relations




Emile Castonguay

Programming Director


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