Announcing the inaugural SALVADOR BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
BAHIA, BRAZIL – November 2020

Press launch | December 5, 2019 | 5 PM
at Barroquinha Cultural Space, Afro-Brazilian Temple

Salvador, Bahia / Montreal, Quebec – November 27, 2019 – After 15 years of spreading diversity off and on screen around the world, Fabienne Colas – named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and founder of 8 festivals in Canada, the USA and Haiti – is proud to partner with Giros Films through Zaza Production to bring the Black Film Festival movement to Salvador, Bahia (Brazil) – which holds one of the largest black populations outside of Africa.

Media representatives and the general public are cordially invited to attend a Press launch on December 5, 2019 at Barroquinha Cultural Space, Afro-Brazilian Temple at 5PM – in the presence of the Mayor of Salvador, Mr. Antônio Carlos Magalhães Neto and Claudio Tinoco Melo, Secretary of Culture and Tourism – for the unveiling of the 1st edition of the Salvador Black Film Festival (SBFF) to take place in November 2020.

The Salvador Black Film Festival (SBFF), co-created by Giros Films and Zaza Production, is affiliated with the Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Canadian Black Film Festivals Network (the Montreal Intl Black Film Festival, the Toronto Black Film Festival, and the Halifax Black Film Festival). Dubbed the Queen of Festivals, Fabienne Colas and her team have over two decades of festival experience and success nationally and internationally. This partnership between Zaza Production and Giros Films, a strong Brazilian production company, will bring a uniquely experienced team on board to build and grow a successful festival while positioning Salvador in the Festivals’ circuit.

“The importance of holding the BFF in Salvador is to connect this city — the largest black-majority city outside Africa – to the audiovisual international scene. It will also help to strengthen the identity and powerful audiovisual industry of Brazil, improving its chain of production and creating wealth. In the homeland of Brazil’s greatest filmmaker, Glauber Rocha, it will also be an important outlet for the History and Culture of our country to the rest of the world.” – Disse Maurício Magalhães, cofundador do SBFF e da Giros Filmes

“It’s an honor to partner with Giros Films to spread the important message of diversity and Inclusion in Salvador, Bahia (Brazil)! We are looking forward to providing a strong platform to underrepresented artists while leveraging the power of cinema for positive social change and strong economic impact!” – Said Fabienne Colas, SBFF co-founder and President & Founder of Zaza Production and the Fabienne Colas Foundation.

At the Press Launch, we will also be presenting the Festival’s vision, programming goals, upcoming dates and co-founders: Maurício Magalhâes and Fabienne Colas. A cocktail will follow the presentation. It will be the perfect time to take pictures and images and conduct interviews.

When: Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 5PM | Where: Barroquinha Cultural Space, Afro-Brazilian Temple


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Information & RSVP – Canada:
Deborah Rent, Partnership & Development Director, Zaza Production / Fabienne Colas Foundation

Information & RSVP – Brazil:
Rossana Giesteira – Communications &Impact Producer, Giros Films

Press Relations, Giros Films

Local / Salvador – AT Comunicação
Rafael Veloso: | +55 71 99994 2490

National / Brazil – Atômica
Ciro Bonilha: | +55 11 97522 9920
Carolina Serrano: | +55 11 99689 6908