The biggest Black Film Festival in Canada


The goal of the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) is to bring audiences the most beautiful and the most amazing new Black films, while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues. The MIBFF wants to promote a different kind of cinema, cinema that hails from here and from abroad and that does not necessarily have the opportunity to grace the big screen, groundbreaking cinema that moves us, that raises awareness and that takes us all by surprise. The MIBFF wants to deal with issues and present works that raise questions, that provoke, that make us smile, that leave us perplexed, that shock us...


The MIBFF is a dynamic, innovative and audacious festival whose ambition is to promote the development of the independent film industry and to showcase more films on the realities of Blacks from around the world. It wants to take a fresh, new look at black cinema from the four corners of the globe!!!


supports the creative process
The MIBFF is always on the lookout for new talent and is focused on serving as a springboard for the creative process. This is why it grants awards, gives workshops, and organizes debate conferences and networking events for all participating professionals.

diversifies the film offering in Canada
The MIBFF wants to diversify the film offering in Canada, thereby helping independent filmmakers conquer new audiences and giving the public access to a wider variety of quality works from both Canadian and foreign filmmakerss.

showcases independent films
The MIBFF aims to showcase independent films from Canada and abroad that deal with the realities of black people. By virtue of the quality of the films screened, the number of countries represented, its growing moviegoer base, the interest of the public and of the artistic community in the Festival, its international media coverage, its networking activities, its bilingualism (French and English) and its geographic position (Montreal), the MIBFF can boast being the largest festival in Canada dedicated entirely to screening films on the realities of blacks from the four corners of the globe.

holds activities all year long
The MIBFF wants to give the public access to Canadian and foreign filmmakers and their works all year long through film screenings, debates, round tables, workshops, etc., with an eye to facilitating the exchange of ideas, broadening people’s knowledge, bringing new films to the public and helping viewers get a better understanding of these films. The Festival also wants to help filmmakers conquer new audiences.

operates in French and in English
The MIBFF screens films and holds activities in the two official languages of Canada: English and French. Its documents, promotional and interpretative materials are also bilingual. However, in certain cases, some films are presented in either English or French only.

Each year a trophy made by a local glass artist is given to best film in each categories including trophies for Humanitarian award, Career achievement award and Life time achievement award.

In the past celebrities like Harry Belafonte, Stedman Graham, Dany Glover, Spike Lee, Martin Luther king 111 were in Montreal to accept there award.

Film must be in english or french or original language with french or english subtitles.
Films must be about Black realities from around the world or showcasing Black actors

Follow this link for the Festival's Rules & Regulations.

Overall Rating
  • karina Mello

    Incredible festival ! Very well organized. Love it!

    October 2020
  • Nancy Dionne

    Even though it was virtual this year, I still "met" several filmmakers and am thankful that the important films still saw many eyeballs. So important!

    October 2020
  • Vladimir Philogène

    Participating in this festival was a refreshing experience. I do believe this festival is a huge service for black filmmakers.

    May 2020
  • Joyce, Fabienne, and the organizers and programming team are truly champions of sharing truthful and engaging cinema when it comes to the black experience and its diaspora. The panels were incredibly informative (available in french and english) and the organizers made use of some of Montreal's most beautiful venues for screenings, events and receptions. The special events and keynote talks were very meaningful and a real treat that only further amplified the festival's programming. Getting to meet and speak to a few of the now Exonerated Five (central Park Five) really punctuated my festival experience. Submit, go. You won't be disappointed.

    October 2019
  • Calyx Passailaigue

    We had an amazing experience showing our film 1968 at this year's festival! Everything was very well organized, our screening went excellently and the programming in our block was exceptional!

    October 2019