40 Black Canadian filmmakers come together to launch Black Women Film!

 40 Black Canadian filmmakers come together to launch Black Women Film! A NEW LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FOR YOUNG AND EMERGING BLACK WOMEN FILMMAKERS AND MEDIA ARTISTS.

 Opening Workshop & Launch
Friday April 29th

Nia Centre for the Arts, 96 Spadina Ave.
6:00 – 8:30pm
Contact blackwomenfilmcanada@gmail.com

 Leadership Program Dates
May 21 – 31, 2016
Locations : TIFF Bell Lightbox, Nia Centre, CBC & Regent Park Film Festival

(Toronto) April 28, 16 - Announcing the launch of the Black Women Film! a new leadership program for young and emerging Black women filmmakers and media artists. (blackwomenfilm.ca), created by emerging director/filmmaker Ella Cooper in partnership with TIFF® and the Nia Centre with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, CBC and Regent Park Film Festival. The first of its kind, the Black Women Film! leadership program will offer emerging women filmmakers and media artists of Canadian African diaspora, the opportunity to forward their careers in filmmaking, documentary storytelling and media arts through in depth workshops and mentorship with Black women industry leaders from the film, television and media arts sector.

Black Women Film! will be hosted at TIFF Bell Lightbox, CBC and the Nia Centre for the Arts from May 21-31, 2016. After a weekend intensive at TIFF Bell Lightbox, the duration of the program will feature a week of evening workshops, mentorship from award winning writers, directors and producers; meetings with funders and broadcasters plus the creation of a short film highlighting the stories and insights of Black women in film in Canada.

For more information, or to acquire images contact:

Ella Cooper, Founder
(647) 292-3500

Connect with us online:
Website: www.blackwomenfilm.ca
Facebook: www.facebook.com/blackwomenfilm
Hashtag: #BlackWomenFilm!


About Black Women Film! Founder, Ella Cooper
Ella is an award winning emerging documentary filmmaker and multimedia artist. She is also an experienced creative facilitator, arts educator, community programmer and consultant who has worked in Canada's arts and culture sector for over 15 years. Ella is dedicated to creating programs and initiatives that amplify and celebrate underrepresented communities and that forward the careers of emerging artists, youth and filmmakers alike. Ella receives continued support from the Ontario and Canada Arts Council for her work and is currently developing a series called Dance for Life that will air on Fibe TV this spring. 

About Black Women Film!
Black Women Film! is a new workshop intensive and leadership series designed to forward the careers and practices of emerging filmmakers and media artists who are Black female identified of the Canadian African diaspora.  BWF! was created by Ella Cooper in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Nia Centre for the Arts, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Lea MARIN, Deanna Bowen, Michele Pearson Clarke, Alison Duke, Audrey Dwyer, Jennifer Holness, Ngardy Conteh George, Sonia Godding TOGOBO, Marva Olivierre, Laurie Townshend, Dawn Wilkinson, Nadine Valcin, Brigid Tierney, Carolynne Hew and other CBC guests.