For the 10th anniversary of the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), the Fabienne Colas Foundation has decided to expand its scope and implement a training component to foster the diverse new generation in audiovisual talent through the “Youth & Diversity” program. With projects that are different each year, this program provides visibility and support for the creation and production of independent cinema. Through this program, the Fabienne Colas Foundation aims to offer professional development, mentorship, visibility and a professional distribution platform (via the MIBFF) to young filmmakers who otherwise would not be seen or heard, and would not have the chance to express themselves through film. Through the “Youth and Diversity” Program, the Fabienne Colas Foundation wants to create a strong new generation of artists that will have the tools they need to grow professionally, and to offer them an environment conducive to artistic creation. The first part of this program called “Being Black in Montreal” was a great success and it gave five young individuals from black communities the opportunity to make their first short film and to put their creative talent into practice. They met the challenge with flying colours and created totally professional projects from A to Z. The first pilot project of this program is “Being Black in Montreal,” carried out by the Fabienne Colas Foundation in collaboration with L’inis, the Groupe Pimiento and the NFB, under the artistic direction of Henri Pardo.

 

About the program

For the 10th anniversary of the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), the Fabienne Colas Foundation has decided to expand its scope and implement a training component to foster the diverse new generation in audiovisual talent through the “Youth & Diversity” program.

With projects that are different each year, this program provides visibility and support for the creation and production of independent cinema.

Through this program, the Fabienne Colas Foundation aims to offer professional development, mentorship, visibility and a professional distribution platform (via the MIBFF) to young filmmakers who otherwise would not be seen or heard, and would not have the chance to express themselves through film.

2014 project: “Being Black in Montreal”

The first pilot project of this program is “Being Black in Montreal,” carried out in collaboration with L’inis, the Groupe Pimiento and the NFB, under the artistic direction of Henri Pardo.



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Le Diamant retrouvé de Jeff Figaro

Kafou Krèyol de Annick Maugile Flavien


Couleur Panachée de Sandra Cayo

Indie de Caesey Shakes


Bienvenue Chez Nous de Claude Emmanuelle Yapo

The five young filmmakers were chosen through a selection process targeting young creators hoping to work in film but who did not yet have the opportunity, due to financial, social or cultural reasons, to obtain the necessary professional training to develop their skills.  They had to fulfill prerequisites for cinematic production, but had to especially demonstrate a strong interest in audiovisual work and in developing a real project to enter the field. They are all from black communities, and therefore directly affected by the problem of social integration in Montreal. The selection committee, made up of the project’s artistic director and representatives of the Fabienne Colas Foundation, l’INIS and the Groupe Pimiento, selected the five profiles that corresponded the most to the project according to the following criteria:

  • be between 18 and 28 years old,
  • be a visible minority,
  • have concrete plans to pursue a career in the audiovisual field,
  • have a minimum level of experience in audiovisual creation (excerpts from projects were requested),
  • demonstrate motivation to participate in the program.

After several months of hard work, the five young filmmakers from the first “Youth & Diversity” project and the Fabienne Colas Foundation are proud to present the fruit of their labour:


sandra
Sandra Cayo
jeff
Jeff Figaro
annick
Annick Maugile-Flavien


casey
Caesey Shakes
claudeemma
Claude Emmanuelle Yapo

Fabienne Colas Foundation : Producer & Coordination
Executive Producer: Fabienne Colas
Coordonator: Carole Villemonteix
Artistic Director : Henri Pardo


L’inis : Training & Production support
Coordination (training, tutors, equipment) : Jean Hamel
Teachers : Luc Bourdon, Patricio Henriquez, Albert Kwan
Tutors : Harold Beaulieu, Jessica Gélinas, Feven Ghebremariam,
Mirek Hamet, Albert Kwan, Judith Plamondon, Ariane Louis-Seize-Plouffe, Jeanne-Marie Poulain,
Hugues Provencher, Emmanuel St-Pierre, Nicolas-Alexandre Tremblay


Pimiento : Training, Production support & Post-production
Teacher : Orlando Arriagada
Editor : Guillermo Lopez Pérez
Postproduction Supervisors : Charles Menher, Olivier Barthomeuf
Development supports : Paola Arriagada, Yannick Déry
Project supports : Isabel Jimenez, Sylvianne Tremblay


Thanks :
Marie-Dominique Bonmariage (former assistant director general, French Program, NFB)
Nathalie Cloutier (Producer, NFB)
Jean-Pierre Laurendeau (Canal D – Investigation)
Louis-François Grenier (Pimiento)

The “Being Black in Montreal” project offers professional coaching to five young filmmakers from black communities in the creation of short documentaries on the theme “Being Black in Montreal.”

Selected from a pool of nearly 35 candidates, they received intensive training at L’inis on the different steps of audiovisual production. They were then coached through the production of their short film by industry professionals (L’inis graduates), working with professional equipment, according to specific criteria (maximum 10 minutes long, one and a half days of shooting, two days of editing with a professional editor from Pimiento, etc.). In the end, they will see their work shown at a special session of the 10th MIBFF where they will share their experience with the public.

With the theme “Being Black in Montreal,” the five filmmakers focused on representing the diverse realties of black immigrants integrating into Canadian society in Montreal.

A message from the artistic director and mentor, Henri Pardo:

“What does it mean to be black in Montreal? We asked five of our young filmmakers this question so that they could define who they are, but mostly for them to find the ways to refine black discourse and the strength of Montreal’s cultural diversity. They blew us away with their intelligence, passion, stubbornness, candor and even greatest doubts.”

“I am very proud to have made a modest contribution to the achievement of the ‘Being Black in Montreal’ project. The quality of the participants’ development, their thirst for knowledge and their desire to excel demonstrate without a doubt the importance of this program.”

Jean Hamel, L’inis

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