Toronto African Film & Music Festival

The Toronto African Film & Music Festival will be taking place from August 24, 2017, to August 26, 2017, at the Kingsway Community Life Centre at 186 Spadina Avenue. The opening film is an Egyptian film which is celebrating 100 years this year. The festival is looking for sponsorship. When you sponsor $250.00 CAD or more, you will receive five free passes to attend the festival which is savings of 60% on your sponsorship donation. Come celebrate the films, music, and fashion of African continent and all the diversity of Africa.

For more information, here is the website:

For more information on how to become a sponsor, please contact me, Donna Kakonge, Festival Director at



Music to My Ears

Music to My Ears

Filmmaker Mikel Guillen is in the production of a new project called “Music to My Ears.” It is being shot in Toronto. The film is in French and Guillen and I sat outside a marché to find out more about his film.


Trailer for Mahdi

By Mikel Guillén

Monday there will be a philosophical profile of Mahdi. Coming up this week, there will be an interview with the producer/director Mikel Guillén.


Mikel Guillen is the Director of Mahdi, Produced By PickPocket Media Films - Photo Courtesy of Mikel Guillen
Mikel Guillen is the Director of Mahdi, Produced By PickPocket Media Films - Photo Courtesy of Mikel Guillen

The director of Pickpocket Media Films rings my doorbell several times and adds some knocks for emphasis. I know he is here.

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Hot Docs Supports African Filmmakers

African Filmmakers – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

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New $1-Million Production Fund for African Filmmakers Announced!

At this morning’s opening of the Hot Docs Forum, it was announced that Hot Docs and Blue Ice Film have partnered to establish the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Film Documentary Fund. The $1-million production fund will provide financial support to independent documentary filmmakers based in developing African countries, with the goal of increasing the quality and quantity of social, cultural and political documentaries produced in the region. Generously established by Toronto-based Blue Ice Film, the Fund will be administered by Hot Docs and disbursements will be made over the next five years.

Also discover:

* Distribution deals recently announced for Hot Docs official selections
* Updated top 20 films in the running for People’s Choice Award
* Videos and photo slideshows featuring directors of YOU’VE BEEN TRUMPED, BUCK, HELL AND BACK AGAIN and more
* Links to latest film reviews and media coverage
* All the Festival buzz on Twitter
* Daily screening and industry schedules
* Hot Picks for tonight

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