Our Being black in Canada program serves the emerging professional. Presented by Netflix, in collaboration with the National Bank, Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund and Canada Council for the Arts, the Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Being Black in Canada represents Canada’s largest mentorship, training, and creation program entirely dedicated to Black filmmakers. Founded in 2012, with the first cohort launched in 2014, the Program gives a voice and a platform to creators who would not otherwise be seen or heard. The program enables Black emerging filmmakers, aged 18 to 30, from Black communities across Canada the tools to create their first documentary shorts of approximately 10 minutes each. The young filmmakers are guided through the many steps in audiovisual production (screenwriting, directing, editing, post-production, etc.) and creation of a documentary short. This process is carried out under the tutelage of industry experts with professional equipment and dedicated mentorship. We have trained 40 New + 20 Alumni Black Filmmakers-Entrepreneurs through our Being Black In Canada incubation program so far, and by the end of 2024 we will have supported a total of 180 new Black filmmakers-entrepreneurs + 150 alumni in the launch of their careers in TV and film.



The Academy looks to build on Being Black in Canada’s experience to develop dedicated training and mentorship for all skill levels of filmmakers, supporting the development of Black businesses within the massive film and TV industry.

An Intensive program that will target the intermediate, mid-career professional. An intensive three-month program for Black Film Professionals where they will develop their business acumen. Small virtual class sizes ensure participants are provided a supportive safe space and instruction informed by their specific needs and experiences.

The Three-Month Intensive course consists of:

  • Interactive online training sessions with top industry and business professionals
  • One-on-one training and skill-share sessions with professionals and business consultants
  • Resources and training developed specifically for Black women and LGBTQ2+ community members 
in the TV and film industry
  • Virtual group discussions
  • Access to the curated video library of masterclasses, workshops, and lectures, Access to online meet-ups and virtual filmmaking events
  • Connector Program, where each participant is paired with a mentor in the industry, who then
introduces the participant to three more industry professionals

À la Carte

For the professional that is looking to stay fresh, on the go, all the time. Will offer limited, one-off training and workshop sessions. We have been delivering workshops and training for TV and Film industry professionals through our Black Market program in partnership with the Black film festivals since 2005. These workshops have already reached hundreds of Black industry entrepreneurs, and the expansion of the program will increase that number significantly.

A la carte consists of courses, workshops and masterclasses available on-demand and relevant to filmmaking entrepreneurs at any stage in their career. It will include:

  • Live events, consulting services conducted over web conferencing, an extensive curated video library of masterclasses, workshops, and lectures on key aspects of the film business, including business administration and growth, tailored specifically for the industry
  • Resources developed specifically for black women and LGBTQ2+ community members in the TV and Film industry
  • Dedicated business growth advice from top business consultants with experience in the industry
  • Live masterclasses with industry leaders, online meet-ups and networking events, providing direct B2C development opportunities.