Black & Diversity

Film Festival


IBDFF- 2021



June 26, 2021

 Toronto, Canada.

The International Black & Diversity Film Festival – IBDFF is an independent film festival established to give a platform to Black Filmmakers while celebrating cultural diversity through inclusion, bringing independent filmmakers from around the globe to showcase their work in Toronto, Canada every year! Showcasing Black Cinema through the type of diversity Toronto is known for.

While IBDFF main focus is on Films made by Blacks, or by other race with Black Actors in key roles, or films that showcase Black realities from across the globe, IBDFF is also open to the inclusion of independent films that can be seen and appreciated by those interested to learn about other cultures hence promoting a blend of cultural diversity through film.

Our inclusion of other nonblack filmmakers through an idea of cultural diversity is one way of educating other nonblack filmmakers of the need to understand the Black culture in general, at the same time educate Black filmmakers about other cultures and the need for inclusion of others regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, and other barriers that filmmakers face no matter where they are from.

IBDFF festival will be more hands-on, our platform will be home for all local Canadian artists to showcase their singing talents every year. We will be having workshops, panels of discussion on different issues that will be beneficial to Actors, Screenwriters, Filmmakers, and other stakeholders alike. IBDFF will showcase and screen videos that relate to black history and educate our audience of historical black figures, Black Icon, and other Black-related matters, which includes current Black Role-models’ filmmakers within our communities doing outstanding things. This is our way of educating, promoting, and celebrating amazing films made by Black filmmakers here in Canada and across the Globe.






The idea behind the IBDF Festival event is that it is a combination of a year’s worth of community-building through several smaller events that enhance and educates the audiences with unique cinematic and cultural opportunities, resulting in the community-wide film festival.

Films are selected from entries screened by panels of judges selecting the best of the best films for award consideration. IBDFF is a festival that prides itself in showcasing independent films that celebrates the brilliance of Black filmmaking, from emerging and established filmmakers, yet celebrating the diversity in filmmaking through the inclusion of films from around the Globe, Canada and locally here in Toronto, connecting filmmakers and the community in one place.

At the IBDFF annual event every year in late Spring, we will be having a host of the events that include Screening of Movies selected by our screening panels live at the York Cinema Richmond Hill, Albion Cinema, North York, and other screening venues, Fashion shows, Local Artist Performing Live, and awarding Filmmakers with actual Trophy Awards presented to filmmakers!

The Black Film Guild Canada (BFG - Canada)

Through the collective voice of Canadian Black Filmmakers that BFG represents, one of the Guild’s key objectives is to bring together Black Filmmakers in Canada, fight to protect BFG member’s creative, artistic, and legal rights, to ensure that filmmakers have the freedom to be creative, and increase possibilities, opportunities, and enthusiasm to build creative and credible careers. The guild will collaborate with Black-owned production organizations, such as Film, Music, TV Networks, Distributors, and other stakeholders to create limitless opportunities for Black Filmmakers in Canada. Through the Black Actors Guild, we will train Black Actors and prepare them for a progressive acting career. On behalf of the BFG and BAG membership and staff, we hope you find our site useful and informative, and that you return often.

The Black Actors Guild Canada (BAG -Canada)

Black Actor Guild of Canada (BAG -Canada) is a platform set up to promote and empower Black actors in Canada and prepare them for a successful acting career by providing critical instruction, indispensable career guidance, and exposure to real opportunities in areas such as films, theatre, television, music, and live performances and other forms of entertainments.

(BAG -Canada) also serves as a Talent Agency / based in the heart of Toronto, Ontario. We provide aspiring stars with the opportunities and support they need to bring their talents directly into the spotlight. We work with some of the biggest names in the industry and are ready to make your dreams come to life. Contact us today and see how we can take your career to the next level.

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Awards & Prizes / Rules

Awards & Prizes: 

We award the best independent filmmakers after a comprehensive evaluation process. All Finalist gets LAURELS, with an opportunity to contest at a combination of audience and judges vote for a TROPHY at various categories and a DISTRIBUTION OFFER which is optional to you.


Filmmakers will have access to festival Screenings, Red carpet Interviews, Awards Ceremony and Networking opportunities in Toronto, Canada.


Official (Jury) Prizes:

Black Film Categories:

  • Best Narrative Feature - By A Black Filmmaker

  • Best Documentary Feature - By A Black Filmmaker

  • Best First Feature Narrative - By A Black Filmmaker

  • Best Film – By A Black Female Filmmaker

  • Best Short Narrative - By A Black Filmmaker

  • Best Short Documentary - By A Black Filmmaker

  • Best Web series - By A Black Filmmaker

  • Best Music Video - By A Black Filmmaker


International Film Categories:

  • Best Narrative Feature - International Film Category

  • Best Documentary Feature - International Film Category

  • Best First Feature Narrative- International Film Category

  • Best Film By A Female Filmmaker - International Film Category

  • Best Short Narrative - International Film Category

  • Best Short Documentary- International Film Category

  • Best Web series - International Film Category

  • Best Music Video - International Film Category


  • Best Kids Movie

  • Best Movie Trailer / Teasers (5minutes Max)

  • Best Movie Posters – Any Category

  • Experimental Movies



  • Audience Favorites

  • Programmers' Awards

  • Festival Director Awards

  • Achievement Awards



Filmmakers will have access to festival Screenings, Red carpet Interviews, Awards Ceremony and Networking opportunities in Toronto, Canada.







Festivals Live Screening & Awards Night

York Cinemas

115 York Blvd,

Richmond Hill,

ON L4B 3B4



Submission & Evaluation Process: 


We create an opportunity for filmmakers to get their films judged and let them compete with other filmmakers. We perform a comprehensive evaluation process and select only high-quality films.


The evaluation process is a three-stage process: 

  • Reviewing for official selection by the jury and selection of Finalist. 

  • Screening for sets of filmmakers and audience to review and vote the best film. 

  • Declaration of Festival Finalist.

  • Finalist gets a screening at the annual event and compete with other films for “Best of the Best Picture”

  • Rules & Regulations:

  • The competition is open to films from Black Filmmakers, or films made by anyone with Black Actors in Key Roles. We also accept all films in the international category, Films made by Canadians.

  • Please check individual categories and submit suitable categories to your project.

  • Feature films are 30 minutes in length or longer. Short films are under 30 minutes in length. All non-English speaking films must be presented in their original version with English subtitles.


  • All Entries with or without distribution deals are welcome.


  • Films previously entered and screened at our festival are eligible for one additional re-entry in subsequent years.


  • Entries must be submitted for pre-screening online. See our submission section If you use a secured link, you are REQUIRED to keep us updated with passwords.


  • Works in progress are accepted. We cannot promise that we will be able to watch re-edited submissions. Please only submit works in progress if submitting close to the final deadline.


  • IBDFF confirms that the festival has the permission to exhibit your film(s) during the festival and /or at any other Festival event. Submission of a work implies that the Festival can employ moving image excerpts and reproduce stills of exhibition promotion. Credit will be given to any filmmaker or screenwriter of such material is used in Festival promotion. The original copyright holder retains all rights to their work.


  • You may submit multiple entries but must pay an entry fee for each.


  • If the movie has nudity or sex. The movie should have a strong storyline; however, we are strictly not accepting any movies about porn, animal cruelty.


  • To submit a Film for Festival consideration, Applicants must complete the registration process and pay the required fee by the deadlines. Submissions must be postmarked or online submitted via our various submission platforms. Submitted DVDs must contain one version only of the Film, in the original language of production, with English subtitles if the original language is not English.

  • DVDs must be labelled in the following manner: Title. Production company name, phone number, and address. Director’s name. Length in minutes and platform tracking number.

  • Where the applicant chooses to forward a DVD instead of an online screener, the Applicant is responsible for ensuring that the submitted DVD screener plays in its entirety on an industry-standard DVD player. If IBDFF is unable to view the DVD, IBDFF is under no obligation, to contact the Applicant in order to obtain a replacement DVD.

  • IBDFF will not review multiple versions of a submitted Film. Only one version of the Film may be submitted. If multiple versions are submitted, IBDFF will view only the version that was received first.

  • Note! DVD screeners will not be returned.

  • All Films must be sent by way of prepaid shipping. IBDFF will not accept cash-on-delivery shipments or be responsible for duties, taxes or customs brokerage. Charges are to be billed to the sender. IBDFF is not responsible for and will not accept shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes or customs brokerage. Shipping and customs charges are to be billed to the sender. Any shipping charges incurred by IBDFF will be billed back to the Applicant.


About our Waiver Policy:


Vert Important! IBDFF believe in a fair policy to every filmmaker. We try to keep reasonable fees for all submissions, and we offer regular discounts to students and new filmmakers, however, no waivers at this stage.






  • I/We have read all the International Black & Diversity Film Festival – (IBDFF) rules.

  • I/We understand and have complied with these rules.

  • I/We warrant the submission of my/our original work and there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission.

  • I/We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and I/we fully indemnify the Festival against any claim made for such violations of law.

  • To the best of my/our knowledge, all of the statements herein are true and correct.

  • I/We understand that failure to adhere to the Festival rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of the entry fee.

  • I/We agree to hold IBDFF harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including legal fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film submitted to the Festival. I understand that the festival projection format may change and I will be notified of the required format once my film is accepted.

  • All selected films must be available to screen, we will inform you of the appropriate screening format.



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