ISIORO T. JABORO - (TJ)
Executive Artistic Director/
President & Founder
Isioro Tokunbo Jaboro is the Artistic Executive Director and Founder of the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF), and an award-winning movie Producer & Director with a passion for Writing. His passion for filmmaking can be traced back to his early years growing up as a little boy in Lagos, Nigeria. The loss of his mother at a young age was a turning point for him and contributed to his direction in filmmaking. Isioro believes in telling stories that have some connection to people’s lives and one that addresses real-life events. With a background from Nigeria, a country with the 3rd largest movie industry in the world (Nollywood). Isioro was a student briefly at the University of Ibadan (Math’s Department) before chasing a dream in film and subsequently graduated from the Toronto Film School (TFS) in 2007 in Film Production with a focus on Producing, Directing, and Writing. After working on a few short films of his, and worked on other people’s projects, he set out to find his path in filmmaking. Isioro is the Founder of the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF). The Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF) is a year-round award competition that celebrates diversity through film, and a festival that supports and promotes women in film. He is also the founder of the International Black & Diversity Film Festival-(IBDFF) scheduled for 2021. A festival with a primary focus to promote and celebrate black film while including others through diversity inclusion. He is the Founder of the Black Actors Guild Canada –(BAG-Canada) & Black Film Guild Canada which falls under the umbrella of the Black Actors & Film Guild Canada. Isioro Tokunbo Jaboro (TJ) is the Owner, CEO, and President of (True-Sail Production & Motion Pictures Inc.) and has gone on to make three feature films to his credit. Understanding the importance of knowledge as a key to success in any industry, Isioro studied Business Management- Major in Marketing with Athabasca University. A university-based in the city of Athabasca in northern Alberta, Canada.
This propelled his interest in starting up a film distribution company and is presently the President and CEO of True Sail Distribution a part of True-Sail Production & Motion Pictures Inc., a Toronto based independent distributor that focuses on Cinema distribution of Black Films mostly from Nollywood, African, the Caribbean, and Black Films here in North America to our audience. Isioro T. Jaboro sat as a judge at the 2015, 48 hours Windsor Flicker Film Festival in Windsor - Ontario Canada. He later sat as a Judge at the 2019 Collected Voices Film Festival Chicago. Isioro’s movie Believe In You was nominated at the Accolade Global Film Competition Award in 2019, while Saving Dreams won the Accolade Global Film Competition Award 2018 in the USA. In winning an Accolade, (Isioro Tokunbo Jaboro (Canada), Saving Dreams Movie) joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including the Oscar-winning production of The Lady in Number Six by Malcolm Clarke among others. His film received Nominations at the African Entertainment Award – (AE Award) 2015, African International Film Festival (AFRIFF-2016)., The Abuja International Film Festival 2017 and 2019, Collected Voices Film Festival in Chicago USA 2016, Real-Time Film Festival 2017, Won at the Canadian Diversity Film Festival, Chandler International Film Festival, American Golden Picture International Film Festival, Cinema World Fest Awards, and Creation International Film Festival and recently received 5 nominations at the HAPA Awards in Hollywood California, USA. Isioro T. Jaboro remains the only recipient that has won twice the prestigious Canadian VIGOR -INT Award in 2016 and 2018. His movie, Saving Dreams was screened at the 2017 Helsinki African Film Festival (HAFF) in Finland while Believe In You emerged as a Finalist at the Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2019, The CANADA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, Semi-Finalist at the European Cinematography AWARDS (ECA) -AMSTERDAM, West African Film Festival, San Mauro Film Festival.
His movie was nominated at the 13th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMA Award), Received 12 Nomination and Won Best Cinematography at the 2018 NOLLYWOOD AFRICA FILM CRITIC AWARDS (NAFCA-2018) held in Atlanta, USA, 2017. His movies Saving Dreams was distributed and released by Silverbird Distribution Nigeria in Cinemas Across Nigeria, January 20th, 2017 and was subsequently released in the UK at VUE Cinema on June 30, 2017, in multiple Vue Cinemas in London. Believe in You Movie recently received 3 Official Selection and won Best Cinematography at The African Film Festival (TAFF) Dallas , it received an Official Selection at the 10th Annual Charlotte Black Film Festival 2020 and Music Festival, an Official Selection at the San Francisco Black Film Festival 2020 and also selected into the 2020 American Black Film Festival. To his credit, Isioro Tokunbo Jaboro has shot and completed 3 feature films titled Saving Dreams, Molly’s Love Story, and Believe In You. And has co-produced a TV Series with AfroGlobal TV, a Canadian Black Entertainment working on that project with Divine Brown a Canadian Juno Award-winning R&B and soul singer and theatre performer and Toronto's 'comedy doctor' Jay Martin. He is constantly working to create a better opportunity for Independent filmmakers and Black filmmakers, Black Actors in filmmaking, and other aspects of the industry.
“TORI,” with full name (Victoria Kayode Jaboro) is a lady with multiple talents. Co-founder and Vice President of The Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival, and Co-producer of the multiple award-winning films Saving Dreams and Believe in You. As an actress, she starred in movies such as Saving Dreams, Believe in You, and Molly’s Love Story. She is the Founder and Host of an entertainment Talk Show - (TheChatBox). Living the Canadian dream, Tori has worked hard to build a name for herself and has grown as a filmmaker, a model, an entrepreneur, and a rising star actress in Canada and is making her presence known in the Canadian- Nollywood diaspora movie industry.
A former Bachelor of Science Student at the University of Lagos, and briefly a film student at Full Sail University Orlando, Florida and currently a Bachelor of Business degree Student with Athabasca University, Albertan Canada. Tori’s journey in the movie business started way back as a model and later ventured into acting and then filmmaking. Tori is the President of The International Black & Diversity Filmfestival. The International Black & Diversity Film Festival – IBDFF is an independent film festival established to give a platform to Black Filmmakers while celebrating cultural diversity through inclusion, bringing independent filmmakers from around the globe to showcase their work in Toronto, Canada every year! Showcasing Black Cinema through the type of diversity Toronto is known for.