Black filmmakers from all across the country will converge in Miami this summer for the American Black Film Festival.
The four-day festival will not only be a way for actors, directors and producers to reconnect and check out each others’ projects; it will also introduce new talent.
The event features two contests, including the HBO Short Film Award. Five 20 minute films written and/or directed by a Black artist will be shown, and the winner gets $20,000.
Jeff Friday founded the ABFF back in 1997 as a way to fortify the Black film industry by promoting collaboration and education. Festivalgoers will be treated to screenings, symposiums and, of course, some of the hottest industry parties this side of Sundance.
Idris Elba will also play an important role at the festival as the ABFF ambassador. It’s a small way to return the favor to the festival that he said gave him his big break.
"It was this very platform that allowed me to be cast in the starring role of Reverend Charles Fran in the drama film ‘The Gospel,’ which is an independent film," he told BV Newswire. "I came to the festival when I wasn’t really on the map, and I made a few connects that still help me now."
We assume he’ll also be hitting up some of the parties. If you want to be there with him, you can pre-register for a pass at ABFF.com. The sooner you register the better because prices may go up closer to the event.
— Sonya Eskridge