DECEMBER 9 – 12, 2021 | ONLINE
CALL FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: November 15, 2021
The Fabienne Colas Foundation, creator of 12 successful Festivals in Canada, the USA, Brazil, and Haiti – including Canada’s largest Black Film Festival: the Montreal Black Film Festival, the hugely popular Toronto Black Film Festival, the Halifax Black Film Festival as well as the Ottawa & Calgary Black Film Festivals – is thrilled to announce that the Black Film Festival movement is expanding to Vancouver.
The inaugural Vancouver International Black Film Festival #VIBFF21 will run entirely Online – December 9 – 12, 2021.
“We feel privileged to finally be able to bring this great event to the West Coast of Canada. The city of Vancouver is home to one of the largest film hubs in North America and nowhere else in this country is it more essential for us to be at the forefront of tackling the inclusion of diversity. What happens in Vancouver is seen around the world and it’s time for a movement that gives the necessary platform for local Black artists, who otherwise, would remain invisible.” – stated Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the Black Film Festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver
The goal of the Vancouver Intl Black Film Festival (VIBFF) is to promote independent films from Canada and around the world, as well as the cultural and cinematographic diversity in British Columbia. VIBFF aims to shine the spotlight on Black films and encourage new talent while stimulating the development of quality cinema. The festival also intends to facilitate encounters between Black filmmakers and industry professionals, locally and from abroad, in order to cultivate opportunities for North-South co-productions.
CALL FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS
Filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films HERE, until November 15. The upcoming Vancouver International Black Film Festival will include various film genres including narrative and documentary films.
Since their inception, the Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, 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.
The inaugural Vancouver International Black Film Festival will run Online, December 9 – 12, 2021.
The Festival’s program will be announced end of November.
About the Vancouver International Black Film Festival – #VIBFF21
The Vancouver International Black Film Festival (VIBFF), a not-for-profit organization created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, is about Discovery and Inclusion. VIBFF 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 Vancouver International Black Film Festival is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world. VIBFF’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 12 Festivals the highly successful including the 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 5,000 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.
Vancouver International Black Film Festival
Talar Adam – Vancouver International Black Film Festival