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Spike Lee to Receive Inaugural Pioneer Award at 10th Montreal Int'l Black Film Festival Where 'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus' Will Make its Canadian Premiere

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 21, 2014 at 11:55AM

MIBFF’s presentation of the PIONEER AWARD coincides with the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee’s landmark film, Do the Right Thing.
Spike Lee

Congrats to Spike Lee on the honor - another to add to his cabinet of awards received over the years, since he entered the business.

Full details via press release from the festival follow: 

Academy Award nominated director and screenwriter Spike Lee will receive the Montreal International Black Film Festival's inaugural PIONEER AWARD on Wednesday September 24, 2014, 7PM at Imperial Theatre. The MIBFF is thrilled to grant him this prestigious award in recognition of his body of work which revolutionized the role of black talent in Hollywood, tearing away decades of stereotypes and marginalized portrayals to establish a new arena for African-American voices to be heard.

The award ceremony will precede the Canadian premiere of Da Sweet Blood of JesusSpike Lee’s latest film funded by Kickstarter. Following the film screening, audience members will get a chance to participate in a Q&A session with the famed director.

MIBFF’s presentation of the PIONEER AWARD coincides with the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee’s landmark film, Do the Right Thing. The movie portrayed the racial tensions that emerge in the Bed-Stuy neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York on the hottest day of the summer. Do the Right Thing garnered Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor and sparked a debate on racial relations.

“It is a tremendous honour and privilege for all of us to welcome Spike Lee to Montreal and to honour him with the Montreal International Black Film Festival's very first PIONEER AWARD. We hope to inspire the next generation of filmmakers to push the envelope and raise their voice for everything they believe in: dare to be yourself!” - Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the MIBFF.

“Having Spike Lee at the 10th MIBFF not only to receive the festival’s inaugural PIONEER AWARD but also for the Canadian premiere of his latest film Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, 25 years after Do the Right Thing, is not only a privilege but an immense honour” -Emile Castonguay, Programming Director and Co-Founder of the festival.

Montreal International Black Film Festival - created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation - presented by Global Montreal, will be held from September 23 to 28, 2014. Visit for more info.

About the Montreal International Black Film Festival – MIBFF

The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) was created in 2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cinema, art and culture. As Canada’s biggest Black Film Festival, MIBFF’s mission is to stimulate the development of the independent film industry and to foster the creation of films on international black realities. The Festival wants to promote a different kind of cinema: cinema from both here and abroad that doesn't always make it to the silver screen. We showcase ground-breaking cinema that both moves and shocks us, all while raising awareness. Join us for a fresh look at black cinema from all four corners of the globe!

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