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2020 MARKS




Created in 1995 by Cameron Bailey, Planet Africa was a Festival programme dedicated to cinema from Africa and the African diaspora. Programmed by Cameron Bailey, followed by June Givanni and then Gaylene Gould, it ran as a part of the TIFF Festival for 10 years (1995 - 2004).

As we celebrate its founding a quarter century ago, TIFF also recognizes 2020's Black Lives Matter uprisings with special screenings and events under the banner of Planet Africa 25. 

Planet Africa 25: Film Screenings September 10 - 19

TIFF has selected four new films for the Official Selection that embody the spirit of Planet Africa. For screening and ticket details, click on the film titles:

       Fri, Sep 11, 6pm - Online at Bell Digital Cinema

         Sat, Sep 12, 9pm | Sun, Sep 13, 9:15pm 

         Mon, Sep 14, 6pm - Online at Bell Digital Cinema

         Thu, Sep 17, 6pm - Online at Bell Digital Cinema

Planet Africa 25: Origin Stories

Sunday, September 13, 6pm | FREE

This is an online panel in which Bailey and the team that built Planet Africa will be looking at what the programme’s legacy means today. Joining the panel June Givanni, Gaylene Gould, maxine bailey, Hayet Benkara, Karen Carter, Grecia Mayers, Orla Garriques and Clement Virgo for a conversation, about how it all started, obstacles, successes, and what Planet Africa means in this age of Black Lives Matter.

Planet Africa Virtual Party

Sunday, September 13, 10pm | FREE

In celebration of what was often called the hottest night of the Festival, TIFF presents Planet Africa 25: The Return of the Planet Africa Party, where 
movie stars mingled with local artists, international filmmakers, and Toronto’s Black community on the dance floor. This year join legendary DJ Dave Campbell and a special guest from B.L.A.C.K. for a dance party live-streamed from a secret location. Audiences can join by going to [URL To Come] - SAVE THE DATE!

Planet Africa 25: Black Film Now

Wednesday, September 16, 3pm | FREE

Black Film Now brings this year's selected Planet Africa filmmakers Dieudo Hamadi, Charles Officer, Tommy Oliver and Dawn Porter together with Bailey for a conversation on the vitality and challenges of contemporary Black filmmaking. 

Planet Africa Legacy Website

Commemorating the Programme, Planet Africa Legacy is a digital time capsule, a chronology of one of the most influential decades in Black film history. Celebrating the films, filmmakers and legacy as part of the  25th Anniversary Celebrations.

Cameron Bailey

Artistic Director & Co-Head, TIFF

Founder, Planet Africa

#TIFF20 | #PlanetAfrica25 | #PlanetAfricaLegacy

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