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2020 MARKS


CELEBRATE WITH US  SEPT. 10 - 16, 2020


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.

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

TIFF has selected four new films for our Official Selection that embody the spirit of Planet Africa:

  • Akilla’s Escape | Charles Officer | Canada 

  • Downstream to Kinshasa (En route pour le milliard) | Dieudo Hamadi | The Democratic Republic of the Congo/France/Belgium

  • 40 Years A Prisoner | Tommy Oliver |  USA

  • The Way I See It | Dawn Porter | USA 


Wednesday, September 16 Planet Africa 25 Panel: Black Film Now

Black Film Now brings these four filmmakers together with Bailey for a conversation on the vitality and challenges of contemporary Black filmmaking. 

Sunday, September 13 | Planet Africa 25 Panel: Origin Stories

Origin Stories, will take place,  in which Bailey and the team that built Planet Africa will, looking at what the programme’s legacy means today. 

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. 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 XXXXX at 10pm EDT.

Planet Africa Legacy website Launch

The Planet Africa Legacy website is a digital time capsule, a chronology of one of the most influential decades of Black Film History.  Celebrating the films, filmmakers and legacy as part of the 25th Anniversary of PLANET AFRICA during TIFF'20.

Cameron Bailey

Artistic Director & Co-Head TIFF



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