Cool, international, independent, politically incorrect and eye-opening, the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is about discovery. TBFF will showcase the most outstanding and most powerful Black films while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues.

Mission
The Toronto Black Film 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.

Rules & Terms

Important: Need to be films about Black realities or showcasing black actors or directors. All films if in a foreign language must have English subtitles

Rules

RULES AND REGULATIONS

I- GOAL
The goal of the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is to: promote independent author’s films from Canada and around the world, promote cultural and cinematographic diversity within Quebec and Canada, 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 5th annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) will run in Toronto from Wednesday, February 14 to Monday, February 19, 2018.

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...

Each film invited by the Selection Committee to be part of the Official Selection will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Only films that meet the following criteria may be selected and invited to be part of the Official Selection:
1° Must have been made in the 24 months preceding the Festival.
2° Must not have previously been distributed and/or released in Ontario theatres (unless an exception is made by the festival).
3° Priority will be given to previously unreleased works.
4° Must not have been broadcast on television or on the Internet.
5° Must not have been released on the market on VOD, Blue-Ray, DVD or VHS cassette.
6° Must respect the goal of the Festival as defined in Paragraph I (GOAL).

IV-PROGRAM
The upcoming Toronto Black Film Festival will include the following categories:

Narrative features
Documentaries
Retrospectives
Short Films
Tribute

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- JURY
The Selection Committee refers to the President and to the other members that compose the Jury for each film category.

The President of the Festival and the Programming Director of the TBFF may attend Jury deliberations but may take no part in the voting.

Jury members may in no way be associated with a film that has been entered in the competition. The following persons may not sit on the Jury: the President of the Festival (and of the Fabienne Colas Foundation), an organizing member of the Festival, or anyone who has been involved in producing, distributing or releasing a film in competition.

IX- PROMOTION AND PUBLICATION OF AWARDS
Films selected to be part of the Official Selection agree to use the "Official Selection" logo of the Toronto Black Film Festival in all their publicity.

By participating in the Festival, the award winners and distribution companies agree to use the Toronto Black Film Festival name or logo, as well as the award they received, in all their promotions and advertisements (posters, ads, etc.).

X- DEADLINE
The deadline for registering films is DECEMBER 1, 2017.
A registration form must be filled out online and a viewing copy of the film must be sent to the Festival.

The Festival must receive a print, Blue Ray or Digital file (filmfreeway) of the films submitted for selection before NOVEMBER 20, 2017.

XI- 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 Toronto Black Film Festival. Only those films selected by the Selection Committee shall be screened.

Participation in the Toronto 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).