A BRIEF GLIMPSE

BEHIND THE SCENES

ORIGINS | HISTORY | LEGACY

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.

In the ten years  (1995 - 2004) that Planet Africa ran, it successfully launched careers, created new audience and solidified Toronto as  multicultural destination for world-class cinema.

2020 marks the 25th Anniversary of the program.

To celebrate, TIFF's PLANET AFRICA 25 special edition program (September 10 - 19, 2020) will add several new films, talent and events to the Planet Africa Legacy.

PLANET AFRICA PROGRAMMERS

CAMERON  BAILEY

1995  -  1997 & 2020

Planet Africa 25

Special Edition

JUNE GIVANNI

1998 - 1999 & 2004

GAYLENE GOULD

2000-2004

PLANET AFRICA TEAM

Planet Africa was a vibrant, synergistic time, made possible by many contributors including:

 Fearless Planet Africa Program Assistants:

Julie Crooks (1994 -1999), Orla La-Wayne Garriques (2000 - 2001), and Akhaji Zakiya (2002 - 2004).​

Incredible Architects That Got Planet Africa Off the Ground: maxine bailey, Julie Crooks, Karen Carter, Hayet Benkara, and patrons Grecia Mayers and
Dr. Kenneth Montague.

Creative Forces That Contributed to
Planet Africa's Visual Identity:

 Sabaa Quoa,
 Michael Chambers and Patrick Nichols.

Dynamic Publicists, Promoters and Performers: 

William Doyle-Marshall, Gabrielle Free, Michael Griffiths, Darleen Hendrickson, DJ Dave Campbell, Wumni, Muthadi, Kobena Aquaa-Harris, Carlos Mondesir, Jonathan Ramos, Sindi Gordon, Debbie Innes, Kevin Allicock, Sharifa Johka, Lucie Kalmar, Karen Lawrence, Andrea Picard,  Rondon Rollocks, Itah Sadu, Kim Smith, Isaiah Tricky, Karen Tyrell, Kwame Younge, Phil Vassell and Donna McCurvin.

  

Allied Corporate & Community Partners that contributed to Planet Africa 10 year success:

Air Canada, AGF, b3 media,

Black Film and Video Network (BFVN), BELL, California Newsreel, Cinémax, FESPACO, Metro Word, McGill Club, Milan African Film Festival, Northland Conros Corporation (Clean-Burn Technology), OXFAM Canada, Roots Canada, Rothmans Ltd., Urban Media, VISA, and Volkswagen.

Devoted Planet Africa Volunteer Team!

CALL & RESPONSE: This site will be continually updated. If you were a partner, participant, or contributor and have updated information, please complete the PAL Partner Form on the contact page and submit by Monday, August 31, 5:00 PM EST to be included in the September 10th Launch

Next scheduled update: Monday, February 1, 2021.  Deadline: Friday, November 13, 5:00pm.

PLANET AFRICA LEGACY 

The Planet Africa Legacy website was made possible through the generous support and contributions of:

The Co-Laboratory, Inner City Releasing,

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF),

and TIFF Film Reference Library (FRL).

PATRONS

Alfons Adetuyi

Lisa di Michele

Horace Fears

Mildred Jones

Marva Ollivierre

Ray Williams

CREATOR

Orla  La-Wayne Garriques

COLLABORATORS

Gloria Garriques

Jennifer Noble

Erica Shaw

YOUTH COMMITTEE 

Emily Chris

Marley Ashem-Hibbert

Jazzmin Kerr

CONTRIBUTORS

Michelle Ashem

Donna-Lee Bolden-Kerr

Dave Campbell

Raymond Charles

Gabriel Docet Donita

Jason Ebanks

Rochelle Roberts

Cherise Solomon 

Dahlia Thompson

SPECIAL THANKS

Gerry Flahive

Grecia Mayers

Robin Uchida

EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS

Cameron Bailey

June Givanni

Gaylene Gould

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