Launching April 29, 2016 Black Women Film! first began as a 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.
Fifteen participants will be selected to participate in this immersive series of hands-on roundtable discussions lead by established Black female filmmakers from Toronto. The leadership intensive will include film production workshops, conversations with industry leaders, arts based community building activities and opportunities for professional development within the Canadian film and media arts sector.
BWF! was created by Ella Cooper in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Nia Centre for the Arts, in partnership with CBC, CFC and Regent Park Film Festival.
Black Women Film! Canada is now both a leadership program and new collective of Black women filmmakers dedicated to forwarding the careers, networks and skills of filmmakers and media artists who are Black female identified of the Canadian African diaspora. Starting in September 2016, Black Women Film! will now provide ongoing networking opportunities for its growing community of emerging and established Black women filmmakers, spotlight Black and diverse women in film, continue to offer the annual leadership program and will be presenting a master class series in 2017.