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NETFLIX, NATIONAL BANK AND CANADA MEDIA FUND SUPPORTS EXPANSION OF BEING BLACK IN CANADA THROUGH NEW CROSS-INDUSTRY AND MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP

NETFLIX, NATIONAL BANK AND CANADA MEDIA FUND SUPPORTS

EXPANSION OF BEING BLACK IN CANADA

THROUGH NEW CROSS-INDUSTRY AND MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP

 

Montreal, – July 22, 2020 – Today, the Fabienne Colas Foundation announced new support for the Being Black in Canada program from presenting sponsor Netflix, in collaboration with National Bank, and the support of Canada Media Fund.

As a result of this cross-industry partnership, the 2020 program will expand to include 20 new participants from Montreal, Toronto and Halifax. Over the following two years, the program will further expand to include Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver and support a total of 70 new filmmakers and 55 alumni in 2021 and 2022.

Being Black in Canada represents Canada’s largest mentorship, training, and creation program to be entirely dedicated to Black filmmakers. Program participants benefit from mentorship and training by established experts across multiple areas of film production including screenwriting, directing, editing and post-production. They will also be provided with the opportunity to create individual documentary shorts that address the issue of social integration of people from Black communities in Canada.

In 2019, the program included 15 filmmakers, ages 18 to 30, from the Black communities of Montreal, Toronto and Halifax. All of the filmmakers presented their documentary shorts as world premieres at last year’s Montreal International Black Film Festival as well as an Ontario premiere at Toronto Black Film Festival and the Atlantic Canadian premiere at Halifax Black Film Festival.

Fabienne Colas is available for interviews regarding this new partnership.

Quotes

“Black artists represent the most marginalized and underserved group in the Canadian arts community. We are therefore thrilled to be partnering with Netflix alongside the National Bank of Canada and the Canada Media Fund to expand the Being Black in Canada Program from coast to coast. This will amplify the voices of emerging Black filmmakers all over Canada at an important time of our history. It marks a concrete step towards greater inclusion of diversity in the Canadian Film Industry.”

Fabienne Colas, President and CEO of the Fabienne Colas Foundation

“Creating more stories that generate empathy and understanding of the Black experience starts with providing more opportunities for Black creators to hone their storytelling craft. Being Black in Canada provides a meaningful platform for the development of young Black artists in Canada and Netflix is proud to support the expansion of this program.”

Stéphane Cardin, Director of Public Policy, Netflix Canada

“By promoting the inclusion of black filmmakers and supporting the next generation, we can help demonstrate that the future is promising, economically and socially, for the black community and beyond. As a major partner of audiovisual production in Canada, National Bank is proud to work with a number of other organizations to support the Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Being Black in Canada incubator program.”

– Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank

“The CMF recently made a commitment towards combating systemic racism in Canada’s screen-based sector. Training and mentorship are fundamental for meaningful and lasting change to happen. Supporting the Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Being Black in Canada initiative is a key step on the road towards representation and racial equity. We’re deeply committed to supporting change that lasts. We look forward to seeing the next generation of Black Canadian storytellers change the narrative and eliminate stereotypes for audiences here in Canada and around the world.” 

Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF

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 9 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 2,000 artists and attracted close to 1 million festival goers 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.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with 193 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About National Bank of Canada

With $317 billion in assets as at April 30, 2020, National Bank of Canada, together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada’s leading integrated financial groups. It has more than 26,000 employees in knowledge-intensive positions and has been recognized numerous times as a top employer and for its commitment to diversity. Its securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA).

About Canada Media Fund

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors.

Media contact:

Talar Adam

Publicist

Fabienne Colas Foundation

514-833-0274

press@MontrealBlackFilm.com

www.BeingBlackInCanada.com

BEING BLACK IN CANADA… NOW ON TV!

Being Black in Montreal: July 1st, 2020 on Télé-Québec at 8PM, then on telequebec.tv.

Being Black in Toronto & Being Black in Halifax: September 19, 2020 on CBC & CBC Gem

 

Montreal, June 25, 2020Being Black in Canada, a pan-Canadian initiative from the Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Youth and Diversity Program and produced by Zaza Production, will make its Television debut this year throughout Canada.

To make up for the blatant lack of diversity and the lack of Black People in front and behind the camera in Canada, the Fabienne Colas Foundation created the program which aims to train and empower the next generation of black filmmakers in Cinema and Television. To achieve this, the program has put together several initiatives, among which is the Being Black in Canada series (Montreal, Toronto, Halifax) which aims to give a voice and a platform to creators who would otherwise not be seen or heard. The Foundation promotes equal opportunities for Black filmmakers while fostering Diversity on our screens that are too white for a diverse society.

Being Black in Canada represents Canada’s largest mentorship, training, and creation program to be entirely dedicated to Black artists. In 2019, the program enabled 15 young filmmakers, aged 18 to 30, to create 15 documentary shorts of approximately 10 minutes each. Filmmakers addressed the issue of social integration of people from black communities in Canada through the powerful medium of film. The 15 promising filmmakers were guided through the many steps in audiovisual production (Researching, Screenwriting, Interviewing, Directing, Editing, Post-production, Promotion, Touring in Festivals etc.) and creation of a documentary. This process was carried out under the professional tutelage of industry professionals with professional equipment and dedicated mentorship.

“Black artists represent the most marginalized and underserved group in the Canadian arts community. We are therefore pleased to collaborate with CBC and Télé-Québec which, by broadcasting on television and on the web the 15 films of the Being Black in Canada series, amplify the voices of our young black filmmakers at an important time of our history. This marks a concrete step towards greater inclusion of diversity on Canadian Television.”- said Fabienne Colas, Executive Producer of the Series and President of the Fabienne Colas Foundation

Created in Montréal in 2014, the series was held in 2019 in three cities in Canada: Montréal, Toronto & Halifax, in collaboration with the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) & the Halifax Black Film Festival (HBFF).

The 15 films have been presented as world premieres at the Montreal International Black Film Festival in September 2019. The 15 filmmakers also screened their films as Ontario Premieres at the Toronto Black Film Festival and then as Canadian Atlantic Premieres at the Halifax Black Film Festival in February 2020. The film screenings were followed by talks to discuss the socio-economic issues and black realities in cinema and society, particularly their respective provinces and share possible solutions for better inclusion of black youth in the community. The filmmakers met and talked to impactful people in the position to inspire and facilitate change; they learned from top people in the film industry and in our communities.

Being Black in Montreal – Short films presented on Télé-Québec on July 1st, 2020 – 8PM (EST)

F, directed by Marina Mathieu – 9 mn 39 s I Canada I 2019

Le dilemme de Ma’, directed by Alexa Carrenard – 9 mn 35 s I Canada I 2019

Le Muzungu québécois, directed by Justice Rutikara – 9 mn 55 s I Canada I 2019

Prendre sa lumière, directed by Stella Lemaine – 11 mn 11 s I Canada I 2019

Le repos est un droit (Rest is a right), directed by Sara-Claudia Ligondé – 9 mn 17 s I Canada I 2019

 

Being Black in Toronto – Short films presented on CBC on September 19, 2020 – 7PM (EST)

The Onyx Butterfly, directed by Yasmin Evering-Kerr – 6 min 16 s I Canada I 2019

Joseph, Margaret & I, directed by Valerie Amponsah – 8 min 06 s I Canada I 2019

Black Sun, directed by Adrian Wallace – 7 min 55 s I Canada I 2019

YYZ, directed by Omolola Ajao – 5 min 30 s I Canada I 2019

Tallawah Abroad, directed by Sharine Taylor – 7min 10 s I Canada I 2019

#Black, directed by Yvano Antonio – 4 min 20 s I Canada I 2019

 

Being Black in Halifax – short films presented on CBC on September 19, 2020 – 8PM (AST)

Normal, directed by Bradley Bright – 10 min 48 s I Canada I 2019

Journey of Self Love, directed by Latesha Auger – 11 min 34 s I Canada I 2019

Black & Belonging, directed by Francesca Ekwuyasi – 12 min 43 s | Canada | 2019

Youth, Hip Hop Halifax, directed by Harmony Adesola – 9 min 14 s I Canada I 2019

 

Being Black in Canada, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, was made possible with the collaboration of:

MONTREAL: Montreal Black Film Festival, la SODEC, Quebec Arts Council, Montreal Arts Council, L’Inis. TORONTO: Toronto Black Film Festival, Oya Media, Pathway2industry. HALIFAX: Halifax Black Film Festival, Screen Nova Scotia, Current Studio et AFCOOP.

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 7 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 2,000 artists and attracted close to 1 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. www.fondationfabiennecolas.org

For interview inquiries, please contact

Véronique Fecteau, publicist : 514-893-0772 veronique@perfecteaucomm.com

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