The 17th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Raring To Discover The Next Best Web Series

NEW YORK, NY, February 21, 2013 – As the wave of webisodic entertainment continues to harness viewership on the world wide web, Film Life, Inc. is gearing up to roll out the red carpet for online entertainment. For the second competitive year, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) has readied their platform to invite talented writers, directors, and producers who demonstrate a superlative command over the creation of television ideal for broadcast on the Internet to submit to ABFF’s Webisode section for consideration. Submissions are now being accepted at www.abff.com. Up to five finalists will be selected to screen at the 2013 American Black Film Festival in Miami. and one winner will be announced at the “ABFF Awards Presentation,” Saturday, June 22nd.

Last year, during the competition’s inception year, Donnie Leapheart, took home the grand prize for his science fiction web series “Osiris.” Film Life, Inc. also saw the launch of their own web series, “The Q&A Show” starring husband and wife team Addison Henderson and Quin Walters. Now in its second year, the inclusion of a Webisode section to ABFF continues to be a response to the changing medium for artistic expression by highlighting and awarding the talented individuals who have found their visual voice on the innovative avenues of the world wide web where art has no limitations and the demand for creativity remains high.

“With the ever increasing demand for short form content, the Webisode section is another way for us to unearth new talent with engaging story ideas that deserve to be highlighted. It is typically a less expensive medium through which filmmakers and content creators can advertise their skills and draw a lot of attention to themselves.” said Jeff Friday, ABFF Founder and CEO of Film Life, Inc.

ABFF’s Webisode section continues to demonstrate Film Life, Inc’s forward moving mission of celebrating and showcasing cultural diversity in film, while also adhering to the changing mediums for broadcast entertainment. The festival welcomes entrants to submit a “Webisode” from their original web series to compete alongside other creative powerhouses for a friendly competition where their work will be showcased and one individual will be receive the 2013 award for Best Webisode along with other possible prizes to be announced at a later date.

Webisode section entrants are required to submit one “Webisode” no longer than 5 minutes in length. The “Webisode” must have been completed post January 1, 2012.

To Qualify: Entrants must meet one the following criteria, Directed, Written, and/or Produced by a Person of African decent. Feature a person of African descent in the leading role, or a multicultural cast. Must not have any exclusive broadcast deal/agreement with any digital platform or television network. Submissions will be judged by a panel of ABFF and independent judges.

How to Enter: To enter the Contest, during the Contest Period log on to www.ABFF.com (the “Website”), click on SUBMIT YOUR FILM and then click on WEBISODES to access the submission form (the “Submission Form”).

Deadline for submissions: March 22, 2013

Festival passes and tickets are available now for purchase at:

The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is a five-day retreat and international film market dedicated to strengthening the Black filmmaking community. Established in 1997, the core mission of the ABFF is to promote cultural diversity within the motion picture industry. Through its film showcases and special contests, it annually introduces the top echelon of emerging artists to the film and television industry.

The ABFF is a property of Film Life, Inc., a multi-faceted entertainment company headquartered in New York City. The company was founded in 2001 by Jeff Friday, a veteran of the consumer product marketing and advertising industries. While best known for creating the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), Film Life’s operations center on developing/licensing innovative content across all forms of media and providing strategic advisory services to a wide range of companies in the entertainment, media and consumer product industries.

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