The Fabienne Colas Foundation began the Montreal International Black Film Festival (formerly the Haitian Film Festival) in 2005 and eight years later it is still going strong. To say that it has grown in leaps and bounds would be an understatement. The first year 3 films were screened over three days. 2012’s festival lasts for 12 days and will screen over 115 films from 40 different countries. An incredible amount of growth in a short time. The 40 countries represented will include the United States, Senegal, South Africa, England, France, and Canada. The film will be bilingual with films subtitled in English or French. It is an excellent chance to see films we would not normally have the opportunity to on the big screen.
Montreal International Black Film Festival has always had as its goal to educate and illustrate what the black experience is across the globe. There is plenty of diversity of people and subjects. We, the viewers, get some insight into the cultural, political and economic issues of blacks around the world.
More than just a film festival there are other types of events occurring. The festival has always been able to attract well-known personalities and this year they have topped themselves. Activist and actor Harry Belafonte will be there to receive the 2012 Humanitarian Award. He will attend two different events during the festival. To help kick things off with a bang he will be at the Imperial Cinema on opening night (September 19) to accept his award and for the opening film, Winnie. Then the following evening (Thursday, September 20) he will be at Concordia University (Room H-110) for the screening of the Harry Belafonte bio pic, Sing Your Song. After the screening he will give and talk and take part in a Q&A session. The second big personality with be Stedman Graham. Graham is a very successful executive, author and speaker. He will receive the Career Excellence Award during an evening at the Hyatt Regency. During the evening he will present The Nine-Step Plan for Success.
Haitian film still plays a bit part in the festival. This year there will be an evening of Haitian films screened at La Perle Retrouvée followed by a night of dancing.
-Dates: September 19-30, 2012
-Venues: Imperial Cinema (1432 Bleury)
Concordia University – Room H – 110 (1455 de Maisonneuve West)
Du Parc Cinema (3575 Parc Avenue)
Cinémathèque Québécoise (335 de Maisonneuve East)
La Perle Retrouvée (7655 20e Avenue)
Hyatt Regency (1255 Jeanne-Mance)
-Website : www.montrealblackfilm.com
-Ticket Purchase: www.montrealblackfilm.com or Cinema du Parc or (514) 281-1900
-Ticket Prices: Prestige Card – $300.00
Passport Card – $150.00
Film Buff Card – $100.00
Cine-Access Card – $70.00
Regular Ticket (1 film) – $10.00
Opening Night – $25.00
Evening with Harry Belafonte – $25 or $75
Stedman Graham – $95 or $1000.00 (Table of 10)
Closing Night – $25.00