The 23rd annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF)—showcase quality film and television content by and about people of African descent and of which HBO is a founding sponsor—returns to Miami next June. Film submissions are now open, with over $50,000 in cash and prizes being awarded in the festival’s Best of ABFF Awards presentation.
HBO launched its 22nd consecutive short film competition this week. Past winning directors of this competition include Ryan Coogler, Steven Caple, Jr., Solvan Naim, Kiel Adrian Scott, and Rashaad Ernesto Green, all of whom have gone on to direct studio films and network television episodes.
"As a founding sponsor, HBO has shared the American Black Film Festival’s mission to elevate the world of black film and to introduce and connect talented newcomers to the industry. Now more than ever, we want to continue elevating unique, bold and emerging talent," said Dennis Williams, HBO's senior vice president of corporate affairs and corporate social responsibility.
ABFF attendees have their choice of over seventy programs and events, including celebrity conversations, panels, master classes, spotlight screenings and hospitality lounges, in addition to screenings in four competitive categories: Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Web Series and Short Films.
Follow along at the ABFF's web site and look for updates and news there.