Shaw Media Announces Global News as Presenting Partner of the Toronto Black Film Festival

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TORONTO, Feb. 10, 2016 /CNW/ - Shaw Media is pleased to announce Global News will be the presenting sponsor of the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) for the fourth year in a row. The fourth annual TBFF begins today and will run from February 10th - 14th in various venues across Toronto as part of TD's Black History Month Series. Coinciding with Black History Month, the festival celebrates artistic diversity within the black community through powerful films and special events.

Global News' Rosey Edeh, Anchor of News at Noon, will kick off the festival's opening night at the Isabel Bader Theatre with the film, Thina Sobabili (The Two of Us), directed by Ernest Nkosi. New to this year's festival, TBFF will also host a series of industry panels and workshops called TBFF Black Market. Featuring local and internationally renowned experts, the series will address some of the film industry's most critical issues and include a Q&A with award-winning director, Clement Virgo, a panel discussion with award-winning filmmaker, Trey Anthony, and an Actra Toronto workshop.

"Global News is delighted to partner with the Fabienne Colas Foundation and the Toronto Black Film Festival again this year," said Ward Smith, Global News Director of Eastern Canada & Toronto Station Manager. "We are proud to support diversity on and off-screen in our community and across Canada."

"We're very excited to team up with Global News and Shaw Media for another showcase of outstanding black films," said Fabienne Colas, Co-Founder & President, TBFF "Thanks to their tremendous support, festival-goers can enjoy a variety of events that inspire, educate, and entertain in a meaningful way."

With 44 riveting films on this year's schedule, including eight world premieres, this year's TBFF is sure to draw a crowd. Representing 20 countries and showcasing major cultural, and socio-economic issues from around the globe, the 4th annual Toronto Black Film Festival, presented by Global News, runs from February 10th – 14th, 2016. For more information on the Toronto Black Film Festival, and to purchase tickets, please visit torontoblackfilm.com.                   

About Shaw Communications
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company. Shaw serves 3.2 million consumers and businesses through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw provides consumers with broadband Internet, WiFi, Digital Phone and Video services. Shaw Business provides businesses with Internet, data, WiFi, telephony, Video and fleet tracking services, and ViaWest provides collocation, cloud and managed services. Shaw Media provides Canadians with engaging programming content through one of Canada's largest conventional television networks, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks, including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY® and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX – SJR.B, NYSE – SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.

TBFF - MORE THAN A FESTIVAL
Intriguing, international, entertaining, eye-opening, and educating, the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is about DISCOVERY & DIVERSITY! Founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, TBFF showcases the most outstanding and most powerful Black films while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues. Along with its sister festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (now in its 12th year), the Toronto Black Film Festival is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world. In connecting black films with viewers of all colours and ethnic origins, we recognize the differences that make us unique and celebrate the shared values that bring us together. Films illuminate, entertain and invite audiences to see the world from another person's experience. Coming together through art allows members of all cultural communities to better understand one another.

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For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Max Mosher, ClutchPR, 416-588-9687, max@clutchpr.com; Hayley Waldman, Shaw Media, 416-967-3128, hayley.waldman@shawmedia.ca

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