December 1 to 4, 2023

Part of Fabienne Colas Foundation’s BEING BLACK IN CANADA

PROGRAM – Produced by Zaza Production and Broadcast on CBC




(Halifax, February 16, 2022) – BEING BLACK IN HALIFAX, part of Fabienne Colas Foundation’s BEING BLACK IN CANADA Series – presented by Netflix, in collaboration with the National Bank, and supported by Telefilm Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts – is nominated in 2 categories: Best Documentary Program and Best Direction, Documentary Series. BEING BLACK IN HALIFAX, produced by Zaza Production, aired on CBC and is still available for streaming on CBC GEM. The awards will be presented during Canadian Screen Week, April 4-10.


This is the third nomination for a FCF’s BEING BLACK IN CANADA cohort. Last year, the BEING BLACK IN TORONTO filmmakers brought home the award for Best Direction in a Documentary Series at the 2021 Canadian Screen Awards.


The BEING BLACK IN HALIFAX emerging filmmakers addressed the issue of social integration of people from Black communities in their city through film. The participants presented their films as a World Premieres in 2022 at the Toronto Black Film, followed by the Halifax Black Film Festival, the Ottawa Black Film Festival, the Calgary Black Film Festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival, and the Vancouver International Black Film Festival.


FCF’s BEING BLACK IN HALIFAX is nominated in the following categories:


Best Documentary Program

CBC, Zaza Production

  • Fabienne Colas
  • Emile Castonguay


Best Direction, Documentary Series

CBC, Zaza Production

  • Lily Nottage: Farrin
  • Dena Williams: A Passion Made New
  • Kardeisha Provo: North Preston: The Untold Story
  • Tyler Simmonds: The Search for Healing



The call for applications for the 2022 FCF’s BEING BLACK IN CANADA program is currently open. The program’s eligibility criteria and application form are available HERE. Candidates have until March 6, 2022 to apply and only those selected will be contacted.



The Fabienne Colas Foundation’s BEING BLACK IN CANADA represents Canada’s largest incubator dedicated to Black Filmmakers, and creation program to be entirely dedicated to Black filmmakers. Presented by Netflix in collaboration with the National Bank, the FCF’s Being Black in Canada program was created to make up for the blatant lack of diversity and the lack of Black People in front and behind the camera in Canada. Founded in 2012, with the first cohort launched in 2014, the Program gives a voice and a platform to creators who would not otherwise be seen or heard. The Foundation actively promotes equal opportunities for Black Film professionals while fostering Diversity on our screens that unfortunately showcase content that is too white for a truly diverse society.  


Get to know the 2021 BEING BLACK IN CANADA cohort Here


Watch the FCF’S Being Black in Canada 2020 films online on CBC GEM (Broadcast in 2021)

Montreal • Toronto • Halifax


About the Fabienne Colas Foundation 

The Fabienne Colas Foundation (FCF) is a not-for-profit cultural organization dedicated to building bridges and advancing education through the arts as well as to support the creation, production, promotion and dissemination of cinema, the arts and culture in Canada and elsewhere. To fulfill its mission, the Foundation put together 12 festivals and programs to break barriers, celebrate diversity, foster togetherness, understanding and inclusion. Since its inception in 2005, its initiatives/festivals have showcased and supported over 5,000 artists and attracted over 2 million festivalgoers in Canada, the USA, Haiti and Brazil. The Foundation mostly promotes Black culture in Montréal, Toronto, Halifax, New York City et Salvador de Bahia (Brazil); and Quebec culture in Port-au-Prince. 


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