The 4th CALGARY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL opens with Manuela Dalle’s DANCING
IN A-YARD + 35 Films from Around the Globe

Necessary, Innovative, Strong, Diverse and Bold programming – amplifying Black voices
and perspectives and Inspiring the next generation of Black artists in film and beyond!
From May 24 – 28, 2024 In-Person and Online

Full Program & All Access Passes at

Calgary, May 2, 2024 – After three successful editions, the 4th Calgary Black Film Festival #CBFF24, is back once again in person and online to amplify the voices of Afro-descendants. Founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, CBFF is thrilled to announce the official program and events lineup, running May 24 – 28, 2024. The In-Person screenings and events will be at The Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) and the Calgary Memorial Park Library (1221 2 St SW).

Through 35 films, panels and workshops, this hybrid fourth edition is designed to resonate with all audiences, showcasing the talent of creators from diverse backgrounds. The Calgary Black Film Festival is a movement that allows members of the Global Majority and other communities to come together to learn about and better understand one another.

Created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, #CBFF24 is Co-Presented by Global News and supported by the Canadian Heritage, Government of Alberta, City of Calgary, Calgary Arts Development, Telefilm Canada, Canadian Race Relations Fund, Calgary Public Library and Festwave Institute.

The opening night is a red carpet event at the Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW, Calgary) on Friday, May 24 at 7PM MST and opens with Manuela Dalle’s Dancing in A-Yard. A documentary that follows a modern dance choreographer detailing the journey of several inmates incarcerated in a US prison, as they create and prepare for their performance.

At 9 PM MST, on May 24 all films will be accessible online.

For a 4th year, the Calgary Black Film Festival is spreading inclusion and diversity off and on camera and celebrates the differences that make us unique and the shared values that bring us together. We look forward to amplifying even more Black voices and welcoming everyone looking to discover the world through films while being inspired and entertained in an impactful way. See you all in person in the beautiful city of Calgary or online for this great celebration! – Said Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver Black Film Festivals.

Additional programming, including the must-see FCF’s Being Black in Canada series, includes:

Presented by Festwave Institute

May 25 – Calgary Memorial Park Library

The Black Market series returns in-person and online with an exciting blend of progressive and innovative thinking FREE panel discussions and workshops with renowned industry professionals who will share real- world experience on today’s most critical filmmaking and social issues.

● Sunny’s Quest – Tales From Young Black Voices Across Canada
● Navigating Success – The Art of Film Grant Writing
● Making Waves and Shaping Change – Spotlight on Black Creativity in Calgary
● Breaking Barriers – Overcoming Industry Bias in Film

May 26 on Facebook

Evolving Technology and Storytelling- The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Film Industry


Part of Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Festwave Institute, presented by NETFLIX, in collaboration with the National Bank, supported by Telefilm Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.

May 25 – Globe Cinema – 5PM – 9:30PM at the Globe Cinema & ONLINE Tickets on

The FCF’s Being Black in Canada supported 30 Black Canadian Filmmakers, 18 to 30 years old, in Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver in the creation of their first documentary short films (8 to 10 minutes). The filmmakers received professional coaching for each stage of the audiovisual production process and then made a short documentary film under the tutelage of industry professionals. A unique project that ensures inspiring emerging artists from culturally diverse backgrounds.

This year’s line-up consists of remarkable films, highlighting important topics such as migration, social issues, women’s issues/empowerment, identity, family, romance, music, dance, racism, and mental illness, among others.

A few #CFF24’s highlights are: Who I Am Not, Le Voyage de Talia, Port of a Prince, A Woman in Makuen, Element, A Bird Called Memory (Pássaro Memória), Someone’s Trying to Get In and The Favor.

The #CBFF24 ALL ACCESS IN PERSON PASS gives access to the entire In-person programming for $59 (+ tx/fees). The ALL ACCESS ONLINE PASS is available for $49 (+tx/fees). Single tickets for regular films are available for $12; Opening Film only for $25 and the VIP OPENING NIGHT TICKET which gives access to all films, red carpet, and Afterparty including one cocktail and priority seating $100 (+ tx/fees). All can be purchased on the Festival’s website and in person and are subject to taxes & fees.


The fourth edition of the Calgary Black Film Festival, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and co-presented by Global News, runs May 24 – 28, 2024, with the support of, Canadian Heritage, Government of Alberta, City of Calgary, Calgary Arts Development, TeleFilm Canada, Canadian Race Relations and the Calgary Public Library. The Festival is also supported by the Black Film Festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Ottawa and Vancouver.

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About the Calgary Black Film Festival – #CBFF24

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 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 aspires to fuel the growth and encourage the development of the independent film sector and advocate for more films depicting the realities of Black people worldwide

About the Fabienne Colas Foundation

The Fabienne Colas Foundation (FCF) is Canada’s largest Black cultural organization. Created in 2005, the FCF is a not-for-profit arts 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 12 Festivals, including the highly successful Montreal Black Film Festival, the hugely popular Toronto Black Film Festival, the Halifax Black Film Festival as well as several other successful Festivals in Canada, the USA, Haiti and Brazil. These initiatives/festivals have showcased and supported over 5,000 artists and attracted over 2 million festival-goers. The Foundation is also the creator of the FCF’s Being Black in Canada program, Canada’s largest incubator dedicated to Black Filmmakers and Festwave Institute, created to empower the next generation of Black & underrepresented film & TV professionals.

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