FILM COMPETITION PRIZE MONEY TOPS $100K FOR THE FIRST TIME
New York, New York (November 28, 2017) – The 22nd annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) returns to Miami from June 13-17, 2018 and continues to showcase quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. ABFF founder Jeff Friday, created the festival in 1997 as a means to channel diverse talent directly into Hollywood, inspired by the belief that Black artists and content creators deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts. HBO® is the founding sponsor of the festival.
Film submissions are open and, for the first time in the festival’s history, the cash prizes awarded across the four competitive film categories will top $100,000, affording the winning filmmakers the opportunity to continue creating content.
Festival attendees will have their choice of over seventy programs and events, including celebrity conversations, panels, master classes, spotlight screenings and laser talks, in addition to screenings in four competitive categories: Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Web Series and Short Films. A distinguished panel of jurors, who will be announced, at a later date will determine the winners. Actor Jay Ellis will serve as the 2018 ABFF Celebrity Ambassador.
Below is the list of awards for each category. For complete submission criteria and eligibility visit www.abff.com/submissions.
- Best Director (Jury Award)| $25,000 cash award
- Best Film (Jury award)| $12,500 cash award
- Audience Award for Best Film| $12,500 cash award
- Best Documentary Feature (Jury Award)| $10,000 cash award
- HBO® Short Film Award| $30,000 total cash awards
- Best Web Series (Jury Award)| $10,000 cash award
ABFF remains committed to introducing emerging content creators of African descent to the industry at large and is recognized as one of the leading film festivals in the world. Festival passes are on sale now at www.abff.com, and offer three different levels of access to festival events. Questions regarding registration may be directed to [email protected].
ABFF SOCIAL MEDIA:
- Twitter: @ABFF
- Facebook: American Black Film Festival
- Instagram: @AmericanBlackFilmFestival
- YouTube: American Black Film Festival
- Hashtags: #ABFF18, #WeAreABFF
Sponsors of the 2018 American Black Film Festival are HBO® (Founding and Presenting Sponsor); Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (Host and Presenting Sponsor); Comcast NBCUniversal (Presenting Sponsor); Turner (Premier Sponsor) and Walter Kaitz Foundation (Industry Partner).
The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is an annual event dedicated to showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. The festival is committed to the belief that Black artists and content creators deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts. ABFF founder Jeff Friday conceived the festival in 1997 as a vehicle to promote diversity in the motion picture industry, and strengthen the Black filmmaking community through resource sharing, education, artistic collaboration and career development. For more than two decades, the ABFF has been the standard-bearer of excellence in independent Black cinema, having premiered the works and supported the careers of many of today’s most successful artists, including Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), Anthony Anderson (Blackish), Will Packer (Girls Trip), Issa Rae (Insecure), Omari Hardwick (Power) and Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro). Today, it is the preeminent pipeline for Black talent, in front of and behind the camera, significantly expanding the range of talent in the entertainment industry at large. The ABFF is a property of ABFF Ventures LLC, a multifaceted entertainment company specializing in the production of live events, television and film focused on African American culture.
Strategic Heights Media
Michelle Huff Elliott