LEADERSHIP program 2016 (next program fall/winter 2017-2018)

This year’s intensive will focus on highlighting the stories and achievements of Black women in film and media arts practices in Canada.  In addition to daily presentations by local Black industry leaders and established media artists, participants will develop short documentary videos and/or non traditional documentary media featuring participants and mentors from this exciting new program, to support career development of Black women in film and media arts and build towards the possible creation of feature length production following the program on Black women in film in Canada.

Black Women Film! launches with a special opening event for all participants and mentors on April 29th, 2016, with the program being hosted at TIFF Bell Lightbox and the Nia Centre for the Arts from May 21-31, 2016. After a weekend intensive at TIFF, the rest of the program will feature a week of evening workshops, mentorship opportunities, meetings with funders/broadcasts and additional hands-on training (May 21 - 31). Participants must be available for all scheduled dates.


April 29   6:00PM - 9:00PM

May 21 9:30AM - 6:00PM




May 22 10:00AM - 5:30PM

May 23 6:00PM - 9:00PM

May 24 6:00PM - 9:00PM

May 26 4:00PM - 8:00PM


May 27 4:00PM - 8:00PM

May 30 3:00 - 5:pm

May 31 6:00PM - 9:00PM


Black Women Film! Leadership Program Launch & Opening Workshop

Group Welcome & Doc Lab
Cinematography Workshop with Iris Ng
Roundtable : Art of Documentary Storytelling
Presentations, Small Group Break Outs & Video Interview with: 
Lea Marin, Michele Pearson Clarke, Deanna Bowen, Alison Duke  

Doc Lab Continues
Roundtable : Realizing Your Vision | Writing, Directing & Building Your Practice:

A panel discussion with established writers and directors sharing lessons and best practices.
Presentation with: Audrey Dwyer, Nadine Valcin, Laurie Townshed, Ngardy Conteh, Jennifer Holness

Celebrating Our Work : Screening
Group screening of mentor and participant work.

The Art of Producing & Pitching Your Work
Presenter : Marva Olliviere

The Art of Editing & Post Production
Workshop facilitated by TIFF
Guest Presenter : Sonia Godding Togobo

Editing continued

CBC Roundtable Event

Closing Workshop & Screening
Presenter : Glace Lawrence



Black Women Film! is made possible with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts. In partnership with Nia Centre for the Arts, TIFF, CBC and CFC