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IBDFF- 2021

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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