American Black Film Festival (ABFF)

American Black Film Festival (ABFF)

Jun 17 - 21, 2020


By: Ashlee Thomas | May 1, 2019

The 22nd annual American Black Film Festival is on its way to the sunny beaches of Miami to kick off summer with Black Cinema and celebration. Here’s a quick guide to ABFF 2019 for an immersive week of red carpets, films, workshops and (of course) parties.

Signature ABFF Events

These four experiences are a must for any itinerary:

Opening Night Film : SHAFT courtesy of Warner Bros. - Wednesday, June 12th kicks off ABFF with daytime networking in the expos and lounges. The evening begins with the official opening night screening of SHAFT, courtesy of Warner Bros. Studio. Post-film discussion with the cast is guaranteed to be insightful and entertaining. Directly after, join festival-goers at the Bass Museum for the opening reception hosted by the Hilton Hotel in honor of its 100th anniversary.

The HBO Short Film Competition – Many submit; few are chosen to screen at the HBO Short Film Competition, Thursday, June 13th at 6pm at the New World Center. Enjoy the films of finalists vying for academy thumbs-up, cash prizes, and meetings that make dreams come true.

ABFF Comedy Wings Competition – Tear-jerking laughter best describes this comedic competition sponsored by HBO. Comedians hit the New World Center stage, Friday, June 14th at 10pm for the laughs and thousands of dollars in prizes.

The Best of ABFF Awards jumps off Saturday, June 15th at 9pm at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. The moment every finalist has been waiting for. Enjoy a star-studded night of cinematic celebration.

Some other awesome panels to highlight: Business of Entertainment, the Art of Directing, and Look Inside the Motion Picture Association of America. Check out the full schedule here.

ABFF Parties

The official turn-ups of ABFF:

Opening Night Reception, Wednesday June 12th at 10pm, hosted by the Hilton in honor of its 100th anniversary. Join festival attendees to schmooze, unwind, and dine.

Legendary White Party, Thursday June 13th at 11pm, location to be announced to festival pass holders. Dress to impress and come ready to dance. Memories will be created and new friends will be made.

ABFF Awards After Party, Saturday June 15th at 10:30pm at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Celebrate winners, attendees, producers, and the soon-to-be-superstars at this highly attended party. A final chance to casually elevator-pitch that deal, cast that actor, or get that selfie with Hollywood elite.

Where To Stay

ABFF Host Hotel, Loews Miami Beach is the ultimate lodging experience. Everything festival related, great restaurants, and the beach are walking distance from the hotel. There are plenty more places for those looking for options, check them out here. For ballers on a budget, here’s a list of boutique hotels & bed-n-breakfasts that won’t break the bank.

Festival Passes & Master Classes

With five festival pass options to choose from, ABFF attendees have the privilege of choosing an experience that best suits their desires. Passes range from $120 - $1,800 and have lots of perks. Passes are on sale now through May 22nd at these rates. Book early and save. Click here for full details on each Festival pass.

The Master Classes series are extremely valuable workshops for professionals looking to enhance their skills and knowledge in film & television. They do require a separate ticket. Only $75 per course, Master Classes are conducted at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and include:

Making The Deal – Knowing What Matters which covers the common legal issues and major deal points that should be addressed when producing an independent motion picture. Saturday, June 15th, 6pm – 7:30pm.

Producing Film and Television provides a step-by-step overview of movie making from the role of producing to working with distributors, sales and talent agencies. Sunday, June 16th, 9am – 10:30am.

Writing For Television presents a valuable introduction into what it takes to become a television writer. Sunday, June 16th, 11:30am – 1pm.

Why attend ABFF 2019? “There’s always a chance to hear from hot stars in film and television plus the networking experience and connections you build at ABFF are priceless. Getting noticed at ABFF can take your career to the next level; Director Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) won his first award at the festival. The fun and energy at the ABFF is like no other festival. Attendees can enjoy five days of films, panels, parties and more in beautiful Miami Beach.” – Myla Bastien, ABFF

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