Fabienne Colas

Actress, Filmmaker, Producer, Entrepreneur

President & Founder of the Fabienne Colas Foundation, the Montréal, Toronto & Halifax Black Film Festivals, and the Festival Festival Haiti en Folie

Published on 18/10/20

Recipient of the 2019 Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women award, Named 2018 Canada’s Top 40 under 40, Personality of the Year (Arts & Culture) by La Presse newspaper in 2018 and recipient of Prix Relève Femme d’exception from Quebec’s Federation of Chambers of Commerce (Les Mercuriades), Fabienne colas is an award-winning actress, filmmaker, speaker and business owner who works tirelessly and passionately to support and promote Diversity off and on screen around the globe.

Her primary mission is to continue to create platforms that show a diversity of voices, faces and points of view. As chairman of the Fabienne Colas Foundation, she supports, awards grant and promotes independent films and artists who, otherwise, would be invisible.

Academic background

Executive MBA McGill – HEC (2021)

Industry involvement 

Fabienne is the ‘Queen of Festivals’ who created and manages 9 successful festivals in Montreal, Toronto, New York City, Halifax, Port-au-Prince & Salvador (Bahia, Brazil) to give a voice and a platform to artists who, otherwise would not have been seen or heard. She becomes the first virtual Visiting Artist in Residence in Film and Media Studies at NSCAD University in Fall 2020.

Community involvement

An advocate for Diversity and Inclusion on screen and in our society, Fabienne was also a member of the board of directors of the Society for the celebration of the 375th anniversary of Montreal. She is currently a member of the board of governors of NSCAD University and of the Fabienne Colas Foundation. She sits on various consultation committees for diversity and inclusion, including Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund.

A word that defines you

Unstoppable

 

Dream big! Have a clear vision of what you want and don’t want in life, even if you don’t yet know how you’re going to get there. Because the world will always open in front of people who know where they want to go. A piece of advice from my father that still serves me today. And finally, as Less brown said: “Other people’s opinions of you is none of your business.” Do what you’ve got to do, no matter what others think and say.