The Toronto Black Film Festival celebrates with 200 films from 30 countries

Keke Palmer star of Alice

The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF), presented by TD Bank Group (TD) in collaboration with Global News, is celebrating its 10th anniversary, February 16 – 21, with a bigger and stronger ONLINE programming!

Created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, TBFF commemorates this important milestone with a record number of 200 films from 30 countries.

Part of the TD 2022 Black History Month Series, the Festival will present 18 World premieres, 28 International premieres, 60 Canadian premieres, 18 Ontario premieres and 25 Toronto premieres. The TBFF All Access Passes and individual tickets are on sale now on the Festival’s website.

For the last decade, TBFF has become Canada’s largest celebration of Black History Month, attracting hundreds of thousands of festivalgoers, of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. Year after year, through its bold and diverse programming, the Toronto Black Film Festival has been a necessary platform for Black artists who would otherwise remain invisible.

“It’s been an honour and a privilege to spotlight Black artists and Black stories in Toronto for the last 10 years.  Torontonians have shown tremendous support towards our cause at this pivotal moment in our history,” stated Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the Black Film Festivals.

Toronto Black Film Festival

TBFF kicks off on February 16 at 7pm with Krystin Ver Linden’s Canadian premiere of ALICE; starring Emmy Award-winning actress, Keke Palmer and Grammy Award-winning rapper, Common. Inspired by the true events ALICE tells the story of a woman of servitude who narrowly escapes her oppressor, to discover the surprisingly mind-bending reality that exists beyond the tree line. Then, as of 9pm EST all the films will be accessible online. The Festival will close with Paul Tom’s documentary feature, ALONE, about unaccompanied minors who left their home country behind to start over in Canada in hopes to live a better life.

The TBFF Black Market returns with an exciting blend of cutting-edge thinking FREE panel discussions with renowned industry professionals who will share real-world experience on today’s most critical filmmaking and social issues.

The TBFF Kids Festival is back this year with new and exciting activities for the whole family on Family Day (Feb. 21). Thirty-five emerging Black filmmakers of Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Being Black in Canada program from Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver will present their short films.

The Toronto Black Film Festival will pay tribute to the late Sidney Poitier by highlighting his contributions to the industry through a video compilation. Sidney Poitier paved the way for generations of Black actors in the 1950s and 1960s as a fine actor, and as an ambassador of America’s long-delayed civil rights movement. At the height of the civil rights movement in 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first Black man to win an Oscar for best actor – for “Lilies of the Field” (1963).

The #TBFF22 All Access Pass is available for only $99, giving access the festivals entire programming. Individual tickets to the opening film are available for $15, regular films for $9 and film series are available for $12.

For full programming and events, visit www.TorontoBlackFilm.com