Empowering the next generation of Black filmmakers

The Fabienne Colas Foundation has announced its cohort for the 2020 Being Black in Canada Program including five from Halifax.

Halifax emerging filmmakers Lily Nottage, Andre Anderson, Kardeisha Provo, Kirsten Olivia Taylor and Tyler Simmonds (photo above) are part of the 2020 Being Black in Canada Program sponsored by The Fabienne Colas Foundation.
Halifax emerging filmmakers Lily Nottage, Andre Anderson, Kardeisha Provo, Kirsten Olivia Taylor and Tyler Simmonds (photo above) are part of the 2020 Being Black in Canada Program sponsored by The Fabienne Colas Foundation.

The Fabienne Colas Foundation has announced its cohort for the 2020 Being Black in Canada Program, including five from Halifax.

Local emerging filmmakers Andre Anderson, Kardeisha Provo, Kirsten Olivia Taylor, Lily Nottage and Tyler Simmonds, join 15 others from Montreal and Toronto who were mentored by industry experts through the many steps in film production from screenwriting to directing, editing and post-production in creating a documentary short.

“This impressive slate of emerging filmmakers proves one more time that Black creators don’t lack talent, they lack opportunities,” says Fabienne Colas. “And this is exactly the reason behind the creation of the Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Being Black in Canada program. We are beyond proud to be fostering massive inclusion in the Canadian film industry by empowering the next generation of Black filmmakers.”

The 20 films will be presented at the Toronto & Halifax Black Film Festivals in February and the Montreal International Black Film Festival in September of 2021.

Part of the Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Youth and Diversity Initiative, the Being Black in Canada program was created in 2012 due to a lack of diversity in front and behind the camera in Canada. Since its first cohort in 2014, the program has provided a voice and platform for dozens of creators who would not otherwise be seen or heard.

Presented by Netflix, in collaboration with the National Bank, and supported by Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund, and the Canada Council for the Arts, the Being Black in Canada Program represents Canada’s largest mentorship, training, and creation program to be entirely dedicated to Black filmmakers.

Plans are to extend the program over the next two years to Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver with an aim to support a total of 70 new filmmakers and 55 alumni by 2022.

For more information visit beingblackincanada.com.

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