History of the Festival

The Vancouver Int. Black Film Festival (VIBFF) was created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, a not-for-profit, professional, artistic organization dedicated to promoting Cinema, Art and Culture in Canada and abroad. The Fabienne Colas Foundation is also the creator of the very successful Montreal Black Film Festival, the Toronto Black Film Festival, the Halifax Black Film Festival, the new Ottawa Black Film Festival, The new Calgary Black Film Festival, as well as the several other successful Festivals in Canada, the USA, Haiti and Brazil. The Foundation is also the creator of the FCF’s Being Black in Canada program, Canada’s largest incubator dedicated to Black Filmmakers.

I- GOAL The goal of the Vancouver Black Film Festival (VIBFF) is to: promote independent
author’s films from Canada and around the world, promote cultural and cinematographic diversity within British Columbia, promote Black cinema and stimulate the development of quality cinema, discover and encourage new talent, encourage meetings between Black filmmakers and professionals working in the film industry from here and abroad, cultivate opportunities for North-South co-productions, encourage the development of the Black Film Industry here and abroad.

II- DATE The 1st edition of the Vancouver Int. Black Film Festival (VIBFF) will run Online from May 25th to 29th, 2022.

III- SELECTION The Selection Committee selects and invites the films that will be presented in the Competition, Out-of-Competition, Retrospective, For a Certain Perspective categories… Only films that meet the following criteria may be selected and invited to be part of the Official Selection:

Must have been made in the 24 months preceding the Festival.
Must not have previously been distributed and/or released in British Columbia theatres (unless an exception is made by the festival).
Priority will be given to previously unreleased works.
Must NOT have been broadcast on television or on the Internet.
Must NOT have been released on the market on VOD, Blue-Ray, DVD or else.
Must respect the goal of the Festival as defined in Paragraph I (GOAL).
IV-PROGRAM The upcoming Vancouver Int. Black Film Festival will include the following categories: Narrative features, Narrative Shorts, Documentaries Features, Short Documentaries, Mid-Length Documentaries, Animation Features, Animation shorts.

V-AGREEMENT Submitting or sending a film to the Festival implies that the producers or their representatives agree to these rules and regulations.

FILMS THAT HAVE BEEN REGISTERED AND SELECTED MAY NOT BE WITHDRAWN FROM THE FESTIVAL. The Executive Management of the Festival has the power to settle any cases that are not covered under these rules and regulations. Once selected, no film may be withdrawn from the program during the Festival. Invited films may only be shown in the Festival’s theatres until the Festival has officially closed.

VI- TRIBUTE By invitation only, this section is dedicated to the great men and women of cinema: Screenwriters, directors, actors, producers, directors of photography, composers, etc.

VII- EXCLUSIONS Industrial, advertising or educational films are not eligible for any of the categories (competitive or non-competitive). Racist, pornographic and political propaganda films, as well as films based on gratuitous violence, are not eligible.

VIII- PROMOTION AND PUBLICATION OF AWARDS Films selected to be part of the Official Selection agree to use the “Official Selection” logo of the Vancouver Int. Black Film Festival in all their publicity. By participating in the Festival, the award winners and distribution companies agree to use the Vancouver Int. Black Film Festival name or logo, as well as the award they received, in all their promotions and advertisements (posters, ads, etc.).

IX- DEADLINE The deadlines for registering films are available on the Festival’s FilmFreeway page. Registration, payment and film screener link must be done online through FilmFreeway.

AUTHORITY The President of the Fabienne Colas Foundation, the organizing body of the Festival, has the authority to settle any cases not covered under these rules and regulations. Submitting a film does not mean that it will automatically be selected for participation in the upcoming Vancouver Int. Black Film Festival. Only those films selected by the Selection Committee shall be screened. Participation in the Vancouver Int. Black Film Festival means you agree to abide by the aforementioned rules and regulations and respect the pre-selection conditions. These rules and regulations apply to all Official Selection categories (Competition, Out-of-Competition, For a Certain Perspective, retrospectives, invited films, other views, etc).

Overall Rating
  • Rico James

    Great festival. So happy the Vancouver crowd had a chance to see the film

    May 2023
  • Mostafa Keshvari

    The most powerful indie film festival in Vancouver to support diversity. Great people and great films. Highly recommended.

    February 2023
  • Al Robbins

    Thank you so much for screening our film "American Girl"! We were honored that our projected was selected for an in person screening. Your choice to highlight black films from around the world is necessary and greatly appreciated.

    December 2022