Becomes major partner and establishes scholarship
In keeping with its commitment to culture and cinema, Quebecor today announced support for the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), which is holding its 14th edition from September 25 to 30, 2018. Quebecor will be the Festival’s major partner for the next three years and is also creating the $5,000 Quebecor Diversity on screen scholarship for aspiring young film professionals. The MIBFF, the largest event of its kind in Canada, has welcomed thousands of visitors and screened movies from more than 50 countries since its inception. In addition to providing financial backing, Quebecor will mount a large-scale promotional campaign in its media outlets to support the event.
We are proud to be able to support the vitality and diversity of independent cinema by partnering with the MIBFF. Film gives us a compelling and authentic portrait of a people. The MIBFF is a marvelous opportunity to look beyond borders and experience other cultures from around the world.
This major partnership with Quebecor places the MIBFF on a firm footing and also strengthens its national positioning, said Fabienne Colas, founding President of the Montreal International Black Film Festival.
For 14 years, the MIBFF has provided a showcase and given voice to thousands of artists who would otherwise have gone unseen and unheard, while bringing in celebrities from the four corners of the earth.
Quebecor Diversity on screen scholarship
The Quebecor Diversity on screen scholarship will be awarded to a young member of the black community who wants to pursue audiovisual studies. Its objective is to help train the next generation of film and television professionals while promoting greater diversity both on the screen and behind the camera.
This scholarship, to be awarded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, will help improve access and support cultural sharing, said Ms. Colas.
It’s another concrete step towards creating a film industry that reflects today’s diverse Québec.