The Fabienne Colas Foundation wants to create a new generation of visible-minority or culturally diverse Quebecois artists by offering professional training and mentoring programs, so that as many of our young people as possible can acquire the tools they need to make their artistic dreams come true.


“Youth and Diversity” Program: Cinema

In April 2014, for the 10th anniversary of the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), the Fabienne Colas Foundation solicited applications for its brand new “Youth and Diversity” training, mentorship and creation program.

The first edition of the “Youth and Diversity” Program offered training and professional coaching in the audiovisual production of a short film to five budding young filmmakers (ages 18-28) from black communities in Montreal who are passionate about cinema and who dream about getting into the audiovisual industry but who never had the opportunity due to social, economic and/or cultural reasons.

All five filmmakers received professional coaching for each stage of the audiovisual production process (screenwriting, directing, editing, post production, etc.), then made a short documentary film under the tutelage of industry professionals and using professional tools and materials, and then had their works shown at a special session of the 10th Montreal International Black Film Festival.

Using “Being Black in Montreal” as their theme, our filmmakers were required to make a short film on the realities of social integration for individuals from black communities in Montreal. The first edition of the “Being Black in Montreal” project under the Fabienne Colas Foundation’s “Youth and Diversity” Program was carried out in collaboration with INIS (Institut national de l’image et du son – national institute of image and sound), the Pimiento Group and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), under the artistic direction of filmmaker Henri Pardo and with the support of various community organizations.

Click here to see the films and to find out more about this fabulous project whose first edition was such a success.



COMING SOON: “Youth and Diversity” Program: Cinema without Borders

The Fabienne Colas Foundation is working on bringing young filmmakers from developing countries to Canada and on giving these young creators access to training, coaching and mentoring on the various aspects of filmmaking (writing, directing, producing, editing, etc.). Coinciding with the dates of the Montreal International Black Film Festival, these young individuals will also be able to take advantage of the discussions, film presentations, master classes and meetings with professionals that will be taking place during the festival.

Goals :

  • To broaden their cinematic knowledge and enhance their filmmaking skills
  • To develop their professional network internationally
  • To explore market opportunities for their works and possibilities for future collaborations
  • To better understand the new digital technologies
  • To better understand the financing possibilities available to developing countries
  • To bear witness to the realities of the film industry in developing countries
  • To promote the development of this industry in their country thanks to the benefits of this experience

We need your help to make this happen. We’re looking for individuals who would be interested in covering the expenses of each of our young guests (airfare, hotels, per diem, local transportation, etc.), as well as the cost of their training sessions and master classes.

Please help us bring this project to life!


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