MAY 26 – 30, 2021 | ONLINE
All Access Passes on pre-sale at only $49
Founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and supported by Ministry of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, Calgary Arts Development and Calgary Economic Development.
Calgary, April 6, 2021 – The Fabienne Colas Foundation – creator of Canada’s largest Black Film Festival: the Montreal Black Film Festival, the hugely popular Toronto Black Film Festival as well as the Halifax Black Film Festival and Ottawa Black Film Festival – is proud and thrilled to announce that the Black Film Festival movement will be expanding to Calgary, the first of its kind in Western Canada.
The Calgary Black Film Festival (CBFF) aims to connect authentic Black stories with viewers of all colours and ethnic origins in Alberta, the province that holds Canada’s third largest Black population after Ontario and Quebec.
The inaugural CBFF will run entirely online – May 26 – 30, 2021. The #CBFF21 All Access Passes are on pre-sale for only $49 and can be purchased on the festival’s Website. The Festival’s program will be announced in early May.
“We are beyond excited and humbled to be launching the Calgary Black Film Festival. CBFF, is more than just about films, it’s a movement! At this pivotal moment in our history, it is vital for us to spread our message of inclusion and diversity off and on camera from coast to coast.” stated Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the Black Film Festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Ottawa and Calgary.” The people of Calgary have really stepped up as a BLM ally and have shown tremendous support towards their Black communities. As such, we are seizing on this opportunity to help bring even more awareness through concrete actions.”
CALL FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS
CBFF encourages filmmakers to submit their films to be part of the festival’s programming (deadline: April 20). Eligibility criteria and application form are available HERE.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR FCF’S BEING BLACK IN CANADA (BEING BLACK IN CALGARY)
The call for applications for the 2021 the Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Being Black in Canada program, Canada’s largest incubator dedicated to Black Filmmakers, is still open in Calgary (deadline: April 18). The program’s eligibility criteria and application form are available HERE.
Since their inception, the Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, and Ottawa Black Film Festivals have been attracting hundreds of thousands of festivalgoers of all ages and from diverse origins. Past editions have welcomed or paid tribute to celebrities such as Taraji P. Henson, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard, Clement Virgo, Euzhan Palcy, Paul Haggis, Bill Cobbs, Souleymane Cissé, Stedman Graham, Dany Laferrière, Dr. Mayann Francis, Regine Chassagne & Win Butler (Arcade Fire) and many more.
Created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, the inaugural Calgary Black Film Festival is supported by Ministry of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women; the Calgary Arts Development and the Calgary Economic Development, and will run from May 26 to 30, 2021.
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About the Calgary Black Film Festival – #CBFF21
The Calgary Black Film Festival (CBFF), a not-for-profit organization created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, is about discovery and Inclusion. CBFF wants to amplify more Black voices and showcase the most relevant Black films from here and abroad while creating a space to debate major cultural, social, and socio-economic issues. The Calgary Black Film Festival is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world. CBFF’s ambition is to encourage the development of the independent film industry and to promote more films on the reality of Black people from around the Globe.
About the Fabienne Colas Foundation
The Fabienne Colas Foundation is Canada’s largest Black cultural organization. Created in 2005, the FCF is a not-for-profit artistic organization dedicated to promoting Diversity and inclusion in Cinema, Art and Culture in Canada and abroad. Along with Zaza production, the Fabienne Colas Foundation is also the creator of 11 Festivals the highly successful Montreal Black Film Festival, the hugely popular Toronto Black Film Festival, the Halifax Black Film Festival as well as the several other successful Festivals in Canada, the USA, Haiti and Brazil. These initiatives/festivals have showcased and supported over 3,000 artists and attracted over 2 million festivalgoers. The Foundation is also the creator of the FCF’s Being Black in Canada program, Canada’s largest incubator dedicated to Black Filmmakers.
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