American Black Film Festival (ABFF)

American Black Film Festival (ABFF)

Oct 21 - 25, 2020


By: Ashlee Thomas | Mar 13, 2020

Miami celebrates Black Cinema during summer’s ABFF 2020 The 23rd annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is on its way to the sunny beaches of Miami to kick off summer with Black Cinema and celebration, June 17 – 21, 2020. Here’s a quick guide to ABFF 2020 for an immersive week of red carpets, films, workshops and (of course) parties.

Signature ABFF Events

These four red carpet experiences are a must for every ABFF itinerary:

Opening Night Film - Wednesday, June 17, kicks off ABFF with daytime networking in the expos and lounges. The evening begins with the official opening night screening and a post-film discussion with the cast. Be sure to check the festival’s website for the official film selection. Directly after, join cast, crew, and festival-goers at the New World Center Performance Hall for the welcome reception of this premier event.

ABFF Comedy Wings Competition – Tear-jerking laughter best describes this comedic competition sponsored by HBO. Comedians hit the New World Center stage, Thursday, June 18 at 9:30pm for the laughs and thousands of dollars in prizes.

The HBO Short Film Competition – Many submit but few are chosen to screen at the HBO Short Film Competition, Friday, June 19 at 4:30pm at the New World Center. Enjoy the films of finalists vying for academy thumbs-up, cash prizes, and meetings that make dreams come true.

The “Best of the ABFF” Awards – This awards ceremony jumps off Saturday, June 20 at 9:30pm at the New World Center Performance Hall. The moment every finalist has been waiting for. Enjoy a star-studded night of cinematic celebration.

Some other awesome workshops to highlight: the Business of Entertainment, the Art of Acting, and a daily FIT session for the movers and shakers. Check out the full schedule here.

ABFF Parties

The American Black Film Festival makes the most of Miami’s nightlife reputation with these official turn-ups:

Opening Night Welcome Reception – Wednesday, June 17 at 10:30pm, head over to New World Center for a jazzy reception and first toast of the weekend.

Legendary White Party – Thursday, June 18 at 11pm, ABBF’s guests experience the swanky and chic Nikki Beach. Dress to impress and come ready to dance. Memories will be created and new friends will be made.

ABFF Closing Night Party – Saturday, June 20 at 11pm wraps up ABBF’s party line-up at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Celebrate winners, attendees, producers and the soon-to-be-superstars at this highly attended party. Attendees get a final chance to casually elevator-pitch that deal, cast that actor or snag a 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. Need more lodging options? Check them out here. For ballers on a budget, here’s a list of boutique hotels and 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 $365 - $1,400 and have lots of perks. Passes are on sale now through May 1, 2020 at these rates. Click here for full details on each festival pass.

The Master Classes Series are valuable workshops for professionals looking to enhance their skills and knowledge in film and television. They do require a separate ticket. From $100 -$175 per course, Master Classes are conducted at the New World Center Sun Trust Pavilion and include:

The Art Of Storytelling – with Mara Brock Akil

Taught by prominent television creator and showrunner Mara Brock Akil, the producer behind game-changers such as Girlfriends, The Game, Being Mary Jane and Love Is. Brock Akil provides tools to sharpen skills in story development and creating memorable characters. The course also delves into a behind-the-scenes look of some of her iconic shows. Thursday, June 18, 5:30pm – 7pm.

Master Class In Acting -with Actor Richard Lawson

This two-day master class taught by notable actor Richard Lawson (Wag The Dog, Guess Who, For Colored Girls, All My Children, Grey’s Anatomy, No Place To Be Somebody), focuses on career strategies, vision building and execution for the aspiring actor. Attendees must attend both days of instruction and complete the assigned coursework. Friday, June 19 - Saturday, June 20, 10am – 12:30pm.

Why attend ABFF 2020?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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