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
1995 - 1997 & 2020
Planet Africa 25
1998 - 1999 & 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).
Lisa di Michele
Orla La-Wayne Garriques
Gabriel Docet Donita
EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS