American Black Film Festival (ABFF)

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American Black Film Festival (ABFF)

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The American Black Film Festival continues its 25-year-long tradition of highlighting new work from both up-and-coming and established filmmakers, directors, producers and talent.

Calling filmmakers, creatives and movie enthusiasts! The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is being held virtually, from November 3-28, 2021.

The American Black Film Festival is an annual event dedicated to showcasing film and television content created by and about people of the African diaspora. In 2021, you can experience the festival online as it celebrates 25 years of supporting a community of Black creatives in film and television.

There will be a selection of Hollywood screenings, celebrity and panel conversations, and virtual networking events at this worldwide digital festival.

Celebrating Black Film Talent, Virtually

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate impact on communities of color, the American Black Film Festival will be held as a free virtual event in 2021.

Kick start your first day of virtually attending the American Black Film Festival with an exclusive sneak-peek of an upcoming Hollywood movie release. In fact, you’ll find a noteworthy lineup of film debuts before they hit the big screen. “Lovecraft Country” actress Jurnee Smollett will present her feature directorial debut, “B-Boy Blues,” at this year’s festival.

How to Watch

Register for the free virtual experience to be part of a global celebration that promotes Black diversity in the motion picture and television industries.

Film Selections

As a virtual attendee, you can watch feature-length films, documentaries and web series by persons of African descent. The festival’s feature films include: “Doctor Gamaii,” which chronicles the history of Brazilian abolitionist, Luiz Gama; “Trees of Peace,” a film based on the true story of four women’s 81-day fight for survival during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda; “Voodoo Macbeth,” an all-Black cast production of Macbeth; and “Margarine,” a South Africa-based film about a trigger-happy guy who starts to question his violent ways when he meets a girl.

HBO® Short Film Competition

Regarded as one of the most prestigious diverse short film competitions in the country, the HBO® Short Film Competition features five filmmakers who directed, produced or wrote narrative shorts. Each will get the chance to screen their films at the American Black Film Festival, and one winner is selected to receive the HBO Short Film Award and a cash prize of $10,000. Finalists include: “The Snakes,” set in an alternate future where Roe v. Wade has been overturned; “When the Sun Sets,” featuring the story of a Black nurse living in 1985 apartheid South Africa; and “Mass Ave.,” where a first-generation Sierra Leonean American and his immigrant father face their tense relationship over a day of landscaping work.

History

American Black Film Festival Founder Jeff Friday was inspired to start the festival 25 years ago because he knew that Black artists and creatives deserved opportunities to showcase their talent. The festival has grown into a global community of Black creatives who are leading the way to diversify the film and television industry.

"When we first started in 1997, there wasn't as much of a focus as there is today when it comes to supporting Black artists in front of and behind the camera,” said Friday. “We’ve had so many great successes and support from our partners that have made it possible to create a platform that showcases the amazing work of artists that are now well-known in the industry. I'm simply very proud of the work our organization has done to support diversity in filmmaking and television these past 25 years."

The American Black Film Festival is renowned for being a platform for emerging Black artists to kick start their careers, including Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther”), Kevin Hart (“Night School”), Issa Rae (“Insecure”), Omari Hardwick (“Power”) and Steven Caple Jr. (“Creed II”). The festival has historically been held in Miami Beach, where 7,000 to 10,000 people attend each year.

"We are looking forward to our return to Miami Beach in June 2022,” said Friday.

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to be a presenting sponsor for the 25th American Black Film Festival.

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