Celebrating Diversity within Black Communities at the #TBFF16

Celebrating Diversity within Black Communities at the #TBFF16

February 04, 2016

Presented by Global News in collaboration with TD Bank, the 4th edition of the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is running February 10 to 14, 2016. Coinciding with Black History Month, the TBFF is proud to host another year celebrating diversity within the black communities through powerful films, exciting panels and special events. 

“TBFF showcases the most outstanding and amazing black films while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues,” said Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the Festival. “Festival-goers will have the chance to see actors and directors from here and abroad sharing their passions. There’s something for everyone!” 

This year, TBFF is proud to offer 44 films, including eight world premieres, representing 20 countries. The opening night presentation is THINA SOBABILI (The Two of Us), a drama about two siblings directed by Ernest Nkosi, which was South Africa’s submission to the Academy Awards® for the Best Foreign Language Film category.


To mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Black Panther Party, TBFF is proud to present The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, the first feature-length documentary dedicated to the Black Panthers and directed by Stanley Nelson. 


Other noteworthy documentaries include Soul on Ice: Past, Present, Future, directed by Damon Kwame, about the legacy of black hockey players, Game Face, directed by Michiel Thomas, about gay and transgender athletes, and In My Father’s House,directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, about the hip hop artist Che “Rhymefest” Smith’s attempts to reconnect with his alcoholic father. The closing film is Mark Dornford-May’s BREATHE UMPHEFUMLO, a modern reworking of the opera La Boheme set in a South African shantytown.


New to the festival this year, TBFF Black Market is a series of industry panels and workshops with local and internationally renowned leaders, experts and visionaries, who will address today’s most critical filmmaking issues.

Special events include a Q&A discussion with The Book Of Negroes award-winning director Clement Virgo, a panel discussion about diversity on the screen featuring award-winning filmmaker Trey Anthony and a workshop presented by Actra Toronto on the How and Why of Making short films. Check out the festival schedule:

 Feb. 10

Opening Night (Isabel Bader Theatre)


Feb. 11-14

Festival Time + Community Program + Black Market (Carlton Cinema)

Feb. 11

- Movie Talk - 50 years Later ! The Black panthers :Vanguard of the Revolution (Carlton Cinema)

Feb. 13

- TBFF Black Market Making short film : How & Why (Carlton Cinema)

- TBFF Black Market Movie-Talk & Masterclasses : Hosted by Trey Anthony (Carlton Cinema)

Feb. 14

- Community Program G98.7FM Live at TBFF (Carlton Cinema)

- TBFF Black Market Movie Talk : Up & Close with Clement Virgo (Carlton Cinema)

- Closing Night (Carlton Cinema)

TBFF is also introducing the TBFF Audience Choice Award! Winners will be revealed on Closing Night. Follow and get social with #TBFF16 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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