Africa Lands in Toronto

Toronto African Film & Music Festival 2013 (TAFMF 2013) ­­­­­­­unravels June 21st at the International Centre. The 3 day extravaganza features a rich selection of film screenings, concerts, fashion shows, food and a marketplace with offerings as distinctive as the continent’s pallet of cultures and countries.  New this year are appearances by 3 sought-after Nollywood (reference to Nigeria’s film industry, like “Hollywood” to the U.S.) stars who will charm Festival-goers at various Festival events.  The Festival begins on June 21st and concludes June 23rd with the inaugural African Ball—a black tie affair, tantalizing dinner and awards showcase. Festival doors open 10 a.m. each day and close at 7 p.m. on the first 2 days, and 5 p.m.  on the final day.  Passes and tickets are on sale now and have varied pricing. Email tickets@torontafricanfilmmusicfest.com for details.

This year marks the 4th chapter of TAFMF, a festival which began in 2009 by filmmaker and Executive Director Paris Roger through an appreciation/passion for the distinctive cultural expressions of Africa.  He’s since united with the passions of a select team of more than 15 departmental directors and coordinators who are equally driven to fulfill TAFMF’s mandate of becoming “the largest Panafrican festival in Canada.”

“Toronto’s high demand for an avenue to celebrate the 10,000 cultures and languages of Africa has been 1 of our guiding inspirations.  We’re all about uniting artists from all sectors of the continent, which happens to unite the African-Canadian community while creating employment opportunities city-wide” says Paris Roger.

Among the executive staff are Music Director Glen Joseph, Fashion Director Brenda Foreman,
Marketplace Coordinator Gina Croisiere, Food Director Steven Mckinnon, Volunteer Coordinator June Carol Hamilton, Sponsorship Director Beverly Williams, Festival Coordinator Stephanie O’Brian and French Liaison Danielle Cantave.

The Toronto African Film & Music Festival operates its Festival annually, and operates varied events and a film distribution platform throughout the year. Opportunities to volunteer at this year’s Festival and at yearlong events abound are available. Interested parties are encouraged to email june@torontoafricanfilmmusicfest.com with interest and to circulate the news.

For more information on Festival press conference, events, features, hours and tickets, visit the Facebook page HERE , the website TAFMF or call the Festival hotline: 647.852.4072.

As the weather begins to warm-up in Toronto, here’s a good reason to make an international trip!


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