The Salvador Black Film Festival – SBFF aims to leverage the power films for positive social change and strong economic impact in Brazil.


The Salvador Black Film Festival – SBFF wants to:

  • Stimulate the development of the independent black Brazilian film industry.
  • Promote exchanges with international works and filmmakers.
  • Leverage the reach of Brazilian productions through exchanges with filmmakers.
  • Position Salvador in the international Black Film Festivals circuit.


After 15 years of spreading diversity off and on screen through the Fabienne Colas Foundation and Zaza Production, Fabienne Colas, award-winning actress, filmmaker, producer and founder of 8 festivals in Canada, the USA and Haiti, is proud to partner with Giros Films through Zaza Production to bring this great diversity movement to Salvador, Bahia (Brazil) – which holds one of the largest black populations outside of Africa.

Since 2005, all 8 festivals combined have attracted close to 1 million Festival-goers, obtained wide national and international media coverage, supported over 2,000 artists and welcomed high profile guests such as Harry Belafonte, Spike Lee, Stedman Graham, Danny Glover, Tarana Burke, Martin Luther King III, Dany Laferrière, Wyclef Jean, Alfre Woodard, P.K. Subban, Isaiah Washington, Louie Gossett Jr., Jennifer Holness, Clement Virgo, Souleymane Cissé and many more.

The new Salvador Black Film festival will be part of an organization dedicated to celebrating and presenting the very best in cinematic work of Black filmmakers and talent from across the globe.