TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2019 – The 7th annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF), presented by TD Bank in collaboration with Global News, announces the official program and events lineup running February 13 – 18, 2019. TBFF is honoured to welcome Tarana Burke, Me Too movement founder and one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2018, who will receive the TBFF 2019 Social Impact Award during an intimate evening where she will share her journey as an activist and women rights advocate.
#TBFF19 will present 4 World Premieres, 9 International Premieres, 1 North-American premiere, 30 Canadian Premieres and 23 Ontario Premieres. #TBFF19, Canada’s largest celebration of Black History Month through films and more, showcases over 70 films from 26 countries, including Jamaica, Germany, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Dominican Republic, South Africa, Tanzania, Ghana, Portugal, Colombia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Canada, USA and more.
Created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, the Toronto black Film Festival promotes diversity off and on screen and gives minorities a voice. Part ofTD’s 2019 Black History Month Series, #TBFF19 will kick off with Daryne Joshua’s ELLEN: THE ELLEN PAKKIES STORY (South Africa’s selection for the Golden Globes) as a Canadian Premiere and will close with the Ontario Premiere of DEAD WOMEN WALKING by Hagar Ben-Asher. For the first time, TBFF presents two center pieces: Jorge Navas’ WE ARE THE HEAT (SOMOS CALENTURA), and SPRINTER by Storm Saulter (executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith).
For its second year, The TBFF Kids Film Festival will return on Family Day (Feb 18) and opens with the amazing feature JIM BUTTON AND LUKE THE ENGINE DRIVER, by Dennis Gansel. TBFF is thrilled to be hosting a movie-talk with former American politician Bakari Sellers. Industry events will take place as part of TBFF Black Market which includes a Panel Discussion and Masterclass with filmmakers. Festival goers can cap off their day with the #TBFF19 late night live performances and satiate their cravings with exotic food at the first edition of the TBFF Food Experience.
The 7th annual Toronto Black Film Festival, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, is presented by TD Bank in collaboration with Global News – from February 13 to 18, 2019 – at Isabel Bader Theatre, Carlton Cinema, Jackman Hall (AGO) and Art Square Gallery Café.
All Access Passes & Tickets on sale now at TorontoBlackFilm.com
For full #TBFF19 programming and events, visit www.TorontoBlackFilm.com
About the Toronto Black Film Festival, TBFF
Founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, TBFF provides an opportunity for filmmakers from all ethnic backgrounds to shine the spotlight on authentic stories that reflect the realities of black experiences. Along with its sister festivals, the Montreal Black Film Festival (in its 15th year) and the Halifax Black Film Festival, TBFF showcases new voices in cinema and encourages audiences to see the world in new ways.