“Fabienne (Colas) is blessed with so many TALENTS and helpful to so many people. The world needs that energy and determination”
–Stedman Graham, bestselling author and entrepreneur
“Dany Laferrière says about Fabienne Colas that it has taken her five years to do here (in Quebec) what it would sometimes take most Haitians 30 years to accomplish.”
– Translation of a quote from La Presse, January 23, 2010.
Award-winning actress, filmmaker, speaker, business owner and consultant, Fabienne Colas is the ‘Queen of Festivals’ who created and manages 7 successful festivals between Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, New York City and Port-au-Prince – including the Montreal International Black Film Festival, which has become not only Canada’s largest black film festival, but also a key player in cultural diversity in Quebec and Canada.
Besides attracting tens of thousands of festivalgoers every year and showcasing hundreds of artists, those events have also welcomed and/or paid tribute to top celebrities from around the globe such as: Harry Belafonte, Stedman Graham, Danny Glover, Spike Lee, Paul Haggis, Martin Luther King III, Dany Laferrière, Wyclef Jean, Alfre Woodard, Bill Cobbs, Souleymane Cissé, Arcade Fire, Clement Virgo, Manno Charlemagne, Bobby Brown, Isaiah Washington, Louis Gossett Jr. and more.
As chairman and founder of the Fabienne Colas Foundation (FCF), she helps support, awards grants and promotes independent films and artists who, otherwise, would not have been seen or heard. The Fabienne Colas Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building bridges and supporting education through the arts, has been spreading powerful films and stories with impact; films that can move and inspire us to see the world differently and take action! The FCF is an organization that leverages the power of the arts for positive social change and economic impact – giving a voice and a platform to marginalized artists of color who, otherwise, would be invisible. Since 2005, the Fabienne Colas Foundation has created 7 festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, New York City, and Port-au-Prince which have showcased over 2,000 independent artists, attracted over half a million festival-goers.
CEO/Founder of Zaza Production, Fabienne is a charismatic leader with an unwavering persistence and perseverance who makes things happen. Her primary mission is to help others unlock their greatness and bring their business to the next level through coaching, seminars, conferences, workshops, online courses and videos tutorials. She continues to create platforms that show a diversity of voices, faces and points of view.
In 2015, Fabienne was awarded a Medal from Quebec’s National Assembly – by Kathleen Weil, Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion – recognizing her leadership and contribution in the fight against racism and discrimination in Quebec. In 2017, she received the prestigious Harry Jerome Arts and Culture Award from the Black Business Professional Association in Toronto. She won the Black History Month Award in 2010 for her great involvement in her community.
In 2008, she directed and produced her first narrative feature film, Minuit, a narrative feature on voodoo in which she also played the leading role. Considered by many as the most popular actress in Haitian cinema, Fabienne started out as a model, was crowned Miss Haiti in 2000 and has represented Haiti in numerous beauty contests around the world. In 2003, she was awarded the Ticket d’Or (golden ticket) in Haiti for best actress for her role in the film Barikad (directed by Richard Sénécal) and was also nominated for this same role at the Haitian Entertainment Awards in Florida. She has acted on both the big and the small screens in a number of productions in Quebec, Canada (Watatatow, l’Auberge du chien Noir, Comment Conquérir l’Amérique en une nuit).
Fabienne is a member of both Canadian professional acting unions: the Union des Artistes (UDA) and the Alliance of Canadian Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA). She has sat on a number of prestigious juries in the arts community in Quebec, including those of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (Quebec Council for ththe Arts) and les Prix Gémeaux.
She currently sits as a board member on the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary.
She obtained from the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) a licence for two new television stations, provisionally called Diversité TV and Bon Goût TV, with a view to promoting a better representation of cultural diversity on televisions in Quebec and Canada and providing a window to those who would, otherwise, never be seen or heard.
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