Canadian Black Film Festival

    
        - First annual Canadian Black Film Festival debuts in Toronto
     September 25-27; a celebration of African-Canadian filmmakers with a
         special appearance by the Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander -
    

TORONTO, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - Black filmmakers will soon have a brand new home to showcase their works when the first annual Canadian Black Film Festival (CBFF) (www.cbff.ca) debuts in Toronto September 25-27. The festival includes 30 select films from around the globe, showcasing a plethora of genres, black cultures and experiences. CBFF is filling a cultural void in the Canadian landscape. This historical event marks an all-new festival in Canada dedicated to celebrating the many works of African-Canadian or Diaspora filmmakers, which often go unseen in Canadian theatres.

Screenings for this three-day extravaganza will take place at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Ryerson University, and the National Film Board (NFB). Key features include works from Trey Anthony, playwright and creator of Da Kink in My Hair, and will also feature the Toronto premiere of Jamie and Eddie: Souls of Strife by Ottawa-based director and winner of the 2009 Action on Film Award in L.A, Pascal Aka. CBFF will open on Friday, September 25 with a double bill showing of two award-winning films, The Tenant by Toronto-based Lucky Ejim and The Black Candle by M.K. Asante Jr.

The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander will make a special appearance at a closing night tribute ceremony, hosted by Michael 'Pinball' Clemons and featuring an array of dignitaries and industry guests, to recognize the achievements of Canada's first black MP and Lieutenant Governor. The Canadian theatrical premiere of the film on his life, A Linc in Time, directed by emerging Canadian talent, Nicole Brooks, will also be presented during this closing night gala taking place on September 27 at 6.30 p.m. in the Library Building (LIB 72) at Ryerson University.

"Since I moved to Canada two years ago, the urge to give something back to this amazing cultural landscape has been eating away at me. The CBFF is a platform for ALL Canadians to experience and celebrate the many great works from new and emerging talents, such as Pascal Aka and Nicole Brooks," said Gad Campbell, CBFF Founder.

Tickets for the festival are available for purchase online at www.cbff.ca, or in person at the Trey Anthony@One Centre - 243 Queen Street West - 2nd Floor, Toronto, and are priced from between $10 and $20 each.

About the Canadian Black Film Festival

The Canadian Black Film Festival (CBFF) is the only Canada-wide festival dedicated to celebrating film and media works of African-Canadians and those works of African-Diaspora content. CBFF is a not-for-profit organization that has a mandate to help to fill a void in the current Canadian festival landscape, and will also offer display, educational and youth development activities on a year-round basis.

SOURCE CANADIAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

For further information: For further information: or interview requests, please contact - Jumol Royes, Jsquared2 Public Relations at (416) 220-9573 or jumol@jsquared2pr.com or Jessica Glover, Jsquared2 Public Relations at (416) 892-4833 or jessica@jsquared2pr.com; For media accreditation, please contact - Delecia Claxton, Canadian Black Film Festival at (647) 830-3246 or delecia@cbff.ca

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