Montreal, January 20, 2022—BLACK ON BLACK FILMS and the Conseil des arts de Montréal are proud to welcome Jean-Bastien Niyigaruye, Chelsea Osei, Yzaih Phénix-Alphonse and Dahlia Thompson, winners of the third edition of Je me vois à l’écran. Offered to emerging artists from Afro-descendant communities in Montreal, this 20-week screenwriting residency will take the form of a creative lab including mentorship, masterclasses, and participation to networking events in the industry. Filmmakers Jorge Camarotti, Jacob Potashnik, Judith Brès, Ky Nam Le Duc, Marilyn Cooke and Ivy Yukiko Ishihara Oldford will advise the creators through the development of scenarios intended for a young audience.
The members of the jury were delighted with the diversity of the applications from an emerging generation of artists within the black communities of Montreal. Having distinguished themselves by the quality of their application and their original approach to storytelling for a young audience, the laureates will receive a $1,000 grant and they will present their script during a public reading organized with the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and the Montréal International Children’s Film Festival (FIFEM) during Canadian Screen Week.
For the third edition of its screenwriting residency program, Black on Black Films is delighted to count on the support of new partners in addition to the Conseil des arts de Montréal: The Bell Fund, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and the Montréal International Children’s Film Festival (FIFEM), Le Grand Costumier and the Writer’s Guild of Canada.
About BLACK ON BLACK FILMS
BLACK ON BLACK FILMS is a Montreal film collective composed of directors, producers, screenwriters of Afro-descendant origins working to promote and develop an Afro-centric cinematographic corpus in Quebec. For more info about its mission, visit the website at https://www.blackonblackfilms.org.
About the Conseil des arts de Montréal
A dynamic partner of artistic creativity in Montreal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal identifies, supports and recognizes excellence and innovation in the creation, production and presentation of professional artistic endeavours. It encourages openness, discovery and daring at the heart of Montreal’s artistic landscape, thanks to its initiatives. Since 1956, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has been an influential player in the development of “Montreal, Cultural Metropolis.”
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Conseil des arts de Montréal
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