Pam Grier to be Honored at 12th Annual Toronto Black Film Festival


January 23, 2024

They’re rolling out the red carpet for this icon!

The Toronto Black Film Festival revealed in a press release that it will honor the trailblazing and award-winning actress, Pam Grier, with its Career Achievement Award. The festival will host a special tribute to Grier on February 15th.

Pam Grier, hailed as the Queen of Blaxploitation and the first female action hero, is celebrated for her transformative contributions to American Black cinema. Her performances in iconic roles, such as Coffy (1973) and Jackie Brown (1997), have not only marked pivotal moments in Black representation but have also questioned industry norms regarding casting decisions and recognition for women on screen.


Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the Toronto Black Film Festival, expressed her excitement about honoring the legendary icon, stating, “Welcoming and paying tribute to the legendary icon Pam Grier at the 2024 Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is a true privilege for us all and quite a coup for Toronto and the Festival. She has blazed a trail for so many Black women in cinema and has left an indelible mark not only in the Blaxploitation genre but on the film industry.”

The ceremony, set to take place on February 15, 2024, will showcase Pam Grier’s inspirational journey, celebrating her influence on generations of filmmakers. The event will offer attendees a unique opportunity to participate in a film & discussion session, with VIP packages available for a cocktail meet and greet at 6:45 PM. Tickets are available on TorontoBlackFilm.com

As part of Canada’s largest celebration of Black History Month through films, the Toronto Black Film Festival, founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, aims to spotlight authentic stories that reflect the diverse experiences of black people. The festival, along with its sister festivals, continues to showcase new voices in cinema and encourages audiences to see the world in new ways while celebrating shared values that bring communities together.

Cover Photo: Pam Grier in “Jackie Brown” (1997). Credit: Miramax Films/Everett Collection


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