A great celebration

As part of Black History Month

Created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation the inaugural Halifax Black Film Festival is dedicated to Nova Scotia born civil rights icon Viola Desmond, Who in 1946 Took a brave stand at a segregated movie theater Nova Scotia . Desmond will be the face of the Canadian $ 10 bill in 2018. The event proudly est share of Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation.


The Halifax Black Film Festival, is glad to celebrate diversity within the black communities through films that matter.

Saturday, March 04, 2017 – 7PM - $20 in advance ($25 at the door)
Halifax Black Film Festival
Spatz Theatre
1855 Trollope St
Halifax (NS) Canada

Presented by:


Official Selection:

  • 2016 Sundance Film Festival
  • 2016 Montreal International Black Film Festival

The first documentary about Dr. Maya Angelou. As friends from Dr. Angelou’s inner circle, we have been granted remarkable and unmatched access to Dr. Angelou’s life. The Maya Angelou Documentary will reflect on how the events of history, culture, and the arts shaped Dr. Angelou’s life and how she, in turn, helped shape our own worldview through her autobiographical literature and activism. We hope to shed light on the untold aspects of her life and educate audiences about her story.

Price: 20$ in advance

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Featured guests

  • Rita Coburn Whack

    Director of Maya Angelou

  • Fabienne Colas

    Host and Founder HBFF

  • Viola Desmond

    National Hero and Activist


We will be happy to welcome you to the inaugural Halifax Black Film Festival. The accreditation card is granted to critics, photo-reporters and journalists covering cultural events on a regular basis.

On this website please find more info about the other black films Festival organized by the FFC (Montreal Black Film Festival and Toronto Black Film Festival) including press releases, press conferences and interviews…

Our press department can help you arrange interviews with the Festival production team, programmers, filmmakers, and honorary guests… We will do our best to accommodate all requests whenever it’s possible. To meet press deadlines, please send us your request as long in advance as you possibly can.

For any inquiries please contact our publicist, Wendy Phillips: wendy@pprl.ca

For further information on the Halifax Black Film Festival, please contact: info@halifaxblackfilm.com

Get Involved



The smallest action is better than the greatest intention!!!
To donate to the Fabienne Colas Foundation in order to support its operations in Haiti, the United States and/or Canada, please click on the PAYPAL link below:

OR, you could also donate by sending a check to either of the following addresses:

Fondation Fabienne Colas
465 Saint-Jean Street, Suite 900
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2R6 (Canada)


You are resourceful, kind, devoted, you love people and work does not scare you? You are all at once? Great, come join our team of volunteers!

The Festival has temporary position to fill. Let us know your availability and interest fields so we can assign you to an appropriate task.

We are looking for volunteers with or without a car, bilingual or not, to our various activities during the year.

Send your resume to info@halifaxblackfilm.com


You want to partner with one or more of our events and benefit from significant visibility? We can prepare you a customized plan

Contact us today at info@halifaxblackfilm.com

About the Halifax Black Film Festival
Who we are

Presented by TD, the Halifax Black Film Festival (HBFF) will host its first edition in March 2017 celebrating of Black History Month. This Festival is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world. A dynamic, refreshing and audacious Festival whose ambition is to encourage the development of the independent film industry and to promote more films on the reality of Black people from around the Globe.

The Halifax Black Film Festival, is glad to celebrate diversity within the black communities through films that matter. Films illuminate, entertain and invite audiences to see the world from another person’s experience. When connecting black films with viewers all colours and ethnic origins we recognize the differences that make us unique and celebrate the shared values that bring us together. Coming together through art allows members of all cultural communities to better understand one another.

The HBFF is created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation (FCF) which also founded the Montreal International Black Film Festival - Canada’s largest black film Festival - as well as the Toronto Black Film Festival. After 12 years of spreading diversity on screen in Montreal and 5 years in Toronto, the FCF wanted to bring this great Festival to Halifax which holds one of Canada’s largest Black communities.

Our Team

Founding and Organizing Body
Fabienne Colas Foundation

Overall Organization & Coordination
Zaza Production

Direction, Funding & Communications
Fabienne Colas

Program Direction & Overall Management
Emile Castonguay

Overall Coordination & Logistics
Sarah Vulcain

Press relations
Wendy Phillips

Promotional tools
Zaza production:
Graphic Design: Géraldine Entiope
Webmaster: David Fortune
Trailer: Camilo Sorto-Cazaux


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