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Award-winning actor Alfre Woodard (12 Years A Slave, Passion Fish, Luke Cage) will receive the 2016 Toronto Black Film Festival‘s inaugural Career Achievement Award on Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9PM at Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street W.). The Toronto Black Film Festival (#TBFF16), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Global News in collaboration with TD Bank, is thrilled to recognize her body of work.

Woodard has won four Emmys, three SAG Awards, one Golden Globe, two Independent Spirit Awards and was nominated for an Academy Award™ for her role in Cross Creek.

“Alfre Woodard is an exceptionally talented, accomplished actor,” said Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of TBFF. “In a year when everyone’s talking about the film industry’s habit of not celebrating black talent, we are proud to honour a true trailblazer.”

The award ceremony will precede the international premiere of the film Knucklehead, directed by Ben Bowman and staring Woodard. Following the screening, audience members will get a chance to participate in a Q&A session with the actor, along with the director and lead actor Gbenga Akinnagbe.

Woodard is available for advance phone interviews on January 28 and February 9. She is available for in-person interviews the afternoon of February 13.

The fourth annual TBFF, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Global News in collaboration with TD Bank, runs February 10 – 14 and presents 44 films from 20 countries.

Other talent attending #TBFF16 include:

Director Ernest Nkosi and actor Thato Dhladla from the #TBFF16 opening film Thina Sobabili (The Two of Us) will attend the red carpet event at the Isabel Bader Theatre on February 10.

Christmas Wedding Baby – Kiara C. Jones (director)
Somewhere in the Middle – Lanre Olabisi (director)
White Water – Rusty Cundieff (director)
The Flying Stars – Ngardy Conteh (director), Allan Tong (director)
Soul on Ice: past, present and future – Kwame Mason (director)
Eavesdropping on Souls – Jacqueline Jean-Baptiste (director)
Wes – Samuel Lehner (director), Wes Hall (documentary subject)
Chameleon – Jude Idada (director)
First Date Last Date – Derege Harding (director)
Muna – Lekeeya Kinghorn (director)
Calm – Kwame Lestrade (director)
Meet the Parents – Lonzo Nzekwe (director), Church Chizzle (actor), Nikole Gabriel (actor), Justice Emeni (actor), Tanika Hillocks (actor), Juan Rodriguez (actor)
Run Fast – Anna Musso (director)
The Township – Eric Dickens (director), Karmia Berry (actor), Pierre Downing (actor)
Ripples – Nadine Valcin (director)
The Gift – Esery Mondésir (director)


  1. Such a natural actress; I first saw her in Heart and Souls starring Robert Downey, Jr., and I thought her acting was impressive. She sure deserves to be honored.

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