Immediate Release: September 6th 2019
Media Contact – Ella Cooper - email@example.com
BLACK WOMEN FILM LAUNCHES THE 3RD ANNUAL BWF LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
A NEW DIRECTORY
OF BLACK WOMEN IDENTIFIED FILMMAKERS, DIRECTORS, PRODUCERS, WRITERS IN CANADA!
CHECK OUT THE DIRECTORY HERE : http://www.blackwomenfilm.ca/directory
Toronto – Black Women Film! Canada is excited to announce the launch of a new directory highlighting a growing roster of Black women filmmakers, directors, producers, writers and actors in Canada. After doing a cross Canada survey and report of Black women filmmakers in every province, we are pleased to release the first phase of a directory made in response to the desire boost the industry’s knowledge of who’s who’s in the Black women film community.
“As we go into our 4th year as a collective dedicated to the development of Black women in film and beyond, I feel proud to be offering this directory as yet another step toward greater equality and gender parity in film. More importantly, we hope this will be a catalyst to help broaden new collaborations and partnerships across the sector.” Ella Cooper, Black Women Film Founding Director.
This is the first phase of a directory we hope to grow each year. Help spread the word!
If your name or the name of a talented Canadian Black women filmmaker is missing from this list, please contact us! firstname.lastname@example.org
OUR 3rd ANNUAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM WELCOMES 15 NEW PARTICIPANTS TO THE BLACK WOMEN FILM! CANADA NETWORK
We are also so excited to announce our latest roster of successful participants for the 3rd Annual Black Women Film Leadership Program! We had 91 applications this year and only 15 spots available. Created with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, in partnership with TIFF, CBC, CFC and the NFB, Black Women Film welcomes the following 2019 cohort of up and coming and established filmmakers, director, producer and writers :
Helena Morgane, Ghislan Timm, Fartousa Siyad, Soko Negash, Ashley Gill, Maya Annik Bedward, Tristen Sutherland, Aden Adebe, Muna Deria, Yasmijn Nicolle, Jackie Batsinduka, Kourtney Jackson, Daphné Joseph, Sasha Leigh Henry & Tamara Mariam Dawit!
Over TIFF we will be featuring each one of them on our social media feeds. Stay tuned! @BWFCANADA
Black Women Film! Canada is both a leadership program and new collective dedicated to forwarding the careers, networks and skills of filmmakers and media artists who are Black women identified of the Canadian African diaspora. Based in Toronto, Black Women Film! provides ongoing networking and professional development and showcase opportunities for its growing community of emerging and established Black women filmmakers. We spotlight Black and diverse women in film, provides an annual leadership program and are excited to offer again this year our Elevate Master Class series running Fall 2019.
Black Women Film! Canada was founded by independent filmmaker, artist, programmer and educator Ella Cooper who was inspired by the desire to create a professional community of support for the growing number of Black female identified media artists and independent filmmakers in the sector. Our goal is in direct response to the gender inequities prevalent in the film/media arts industry by supporting Black female leadership in re-shaping the creation of dominant media and Canadian contemporary arts practices today.