Black Women Film! Canada - Leadership program launch 2016. Photo by Fonna Seidu

Black Women Film! Canada - Leadership program launch 2016. Photo by Fonna Seidu

Black Women Film! LEADERSHIP program

In 2017 we launched the 2nd Annual Black Women Film! Leadership ProgramThis one of kind program once again offered emerging women filmmakers and media artists of African diaspora, the opportunity to forward their careers in film and media arts through in depth industry workshops and mentorship with Black women industry leaders from the film, television and media arts sector.


September 7 : Participants Meet & Greet

September 8 - 13 : TIFF Industry Conference (day time). Black House Foundation events and select screenings

October 28 - November 8 : Black Women Film Leadership Program (evenings & weekends) 

The program offered a range of hands-on presentations on dramatic storytelling in film, directing, producing and fund development, production management, script writing, cinematography, experimental media arts practices, plus transmedia and web series development.

The Black Women Film! program was hosted at TIFF Bell Lightbox and the National Film Board Head Office from October 28 – November 8, 2017. The program was held on weekends and evenings and offered small group mentorship from award winning writers, directors and producers; plus meetings with funders and broadcasters and the opportunity for participants to screen work at the Carlton cinemas as part of an exciting new partnership with Reel Girl Talk (November 8, 2017). 

Prior to the leadership intensive, the 2017 fully subsidized program included tickets to the TIFF Industry Conference, Black House Foundation events, networking opportunities and select screenings during the festival.


2017 Yasmine Mathurin, Valerie Bah, Josiane Blanc, samah ali, Elizabeth Mudenyo, Rebecca Singh, Nicki St-Louis, Fiona Clarke, Alicia Cox, Tamika Guishard, Magda Uculmnana-Falcon, Merle Augustin

2016 Kyisha Williams, lindsey addawoo, Fatima G, Luwam Tekeste, Loren Delaney, Nataleah Hunter-Young, Alicia Bunyan-Sampson, Gesilayefa Azorbo, Sharrae Lyon, Farhia Jama, Yasmine Mathurin, Lekeeya Kinghorn, Jean Boampong


2018 Christine Armstrong, Samantha Chizanga, Angelyn Francis, Alexandra Douglas, Isa Benn, Zipporah Yohannes, LaMeia Reddick, Dasola Dina, Lu Asfaha, Barbara Mamabolo, Carmine Pierre-Dufour, Celestina Aleobua, Rodas Dechassa

Black Women Film! is made possible with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. In partnership with TIFF, National Film Board of Canada and the Canadian Film Centre