Toronto Black Film Festival Announces Global News as Presenting Sponsor of TBFF 2015

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TORONTO, Feb. 9, 2015 /CNW/ - The Toronto Black Film Festival is pleased to announce that Global News has come on board as the presenting sponsor of the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) for the third year in a row. The third annual TBFF will run in Toronto from February 10th - 15th, coinciding with Black History Month, celebrating diversity within the black community through powerful films, community programming, and special events.

The festival kicks off Opening Night at the Isabel Bader Theatre on February 10th, hosted by Anthony Farnell, Chief Meteorologist for Global News in Toronto, with the screening of the award-winning film Manos Sucias (Dirty Hands), by Director Josef Wladyka and executive produced by Spike Lee. Closing out the week on February 15th, TBFF will also host a "Black Actors in Hollywood, Then and Now" panel discussion – featuring actors Fred Williamson, Lanette Ware, Bill Cobbs, and moderated by Rosey Edeh, Anchor of Global's News at Noon and Host of The Morning Show. 

"It's a real privilege to have such loyal partners as Global News. Their tremendous support has allowed us to have two very successful past festivals and has enabled us to come back this year with a stronger format showcasing more independent artists from Canada and abroad," says Fabienne Colas, Co-Founder and President, TBFF.

"Global News is very pleased to be partnering with the Toronto Black Film Festival again this year," says Ward Smith, Director, Eastern Canada & Toronto Station Manager. "We are honoured to be a part of a community where festival-goers can learn more about Canada's diverse and vibrant arts culture."

This year, TBFF is proud to offer 38 of the very best films that depict the reality of Black people from around the Globe. The festival will also feature a variety of special events including the closing night TBFF Blaxploitation Party on February 15th as well as the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to television and film icon Bill Cobbs (February 14), and the Pioneer Award to Hollywood Legend Fred "The Hammer" Williamson (February 13). The 3rd annual Toronto Black Film Festival, presented by Global News will run from February 10 to 15, 2015. For more information on the Toronto Black Film Festival and to purchase tickets, please visit torontoblackfilm.com.  

TBFF - MORE THAN A FESTIVAL
Intriguing, international, entertaining, eye-opening, and educating, the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is about DISCOVERY & DIVERSITY! TBFF showcases the most outstanding and most powerful Black films while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues. Created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, 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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