(Via PRNewswire) The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is underway, after opening last night with Thina Sobabili (The Two of Us), directed by Ernest Nkosi. With Global News as presenting sponsor once again, this year’s Festival features 44 films from 20 countries, plus a new series of industry panels and workshops called TBFF Black Market. (Wordplay included at no extra charge.) TBFF runs till the 14th. More info here.
Meanwhile, TBFF founder Fabienne Colas says, despite the all-white Oscar nominations this year, the U.S. is still a better place for “roles for black people or for African-American people, however you want to call them.” Canada simply doesn’t have a counterpart to films like Selma, for example. CP’s Victoria Ahearn talks to her in this CTV News story.
(Via PRNewswire) Congratulations go out to Vancouver’s mimik, the winner of the “most innovative product” award at this year’s CableLabs Winter Conference held in Orlando, Florida. The mimik app turns devices (smartphones, PCs, tablets, game consoles, NAS devices, etc.) into micro-servers that create virtual clouds — and what that translates to is being able to share digital content across devices and platforms. Company site with more info is here.