Fabienne Colas

Fabienne Colas is lighting up the arts world with her vision for greater diversity and artistic freedom. In 2005, she created the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), which is now the largest of its kind in Canada. Since creating MIBFF, she now manages eight others in Toronto, Halifax, New York City, and Port-au-Prince. Over the years, these festivals have attracted close to one million festival-goers, and hundreds of high-profile artists. Through her foundation, she awards grants and promotes indie artists and films who might have been seen or heard otherwise. In 2019, Colas was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and by Quebec’s National Assembly in 2015 for her activism work.

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