June 17 | 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM | Loews Hotel, Americana 2, 1601 Collins Ave
Festival Pass pick-up, information & ticket sales
MASTER CLASS IN PRODUCING
Presented by Prudential
June 17 | 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM | The Gallery at the Betsy Hotel, 1433 Collins Ave
Led by Stephanie Allain (Dear White People, Beyond the Lights, Hustle & Flow, Muppets from Space) who began her career as a script reader at CAA. Allain has been credited with launching the careers of iconic filmmakers John Singleton and Robert Rodriguez.
CADILLAC INTERACTIVE STUDIO
June 17 | 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM | Loews Hotel, 2nd Floor
Step into the Cadillac interactive experience and be the star of your own movie poster.
ABFF STYLE LOUNGE
Presented by Shea Moisture
June 17 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Loews Hotel, Cowrie 2
Stop by for pampering, touch ups and grooming before your next event
June 17 | 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM | Colony Theatre & MB Cinematheque
Features, Shorts, Docs & Web Series Screenings
SPOTLIGHT SCREENING: BIGGIE: THE LIFE OF NOTORIOUS B.I.G.
Courtesy of A+E Networks
June 17 | 10:30 AM | Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd
“Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G” premiering Wednesday, June 28 at 9PM ET/PT on A&E is the first biography to be authorized by his estate and will allow the late Christopher Wallace to narrate his own life story through exclusive archival footage and audio recordings and new interviews by those who loved him most.
Director: Mark Ford | Producer: Mark Ford, Kevin Lopez, John Moryaniss, Tara Long, Voletta Wallace, Faith Evans, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro, Brad Abramson | Principle Cast: Christopher Wallace, Faith Evans, Voletta Wallace, Lil Cease, Junior Mafia, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Nas
THE VR EXPERIENCE
June 17 | 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM | MB Cinematheque
A special screening of dynamic VR content, followed by talk backs with filmmakers and VR experts. Programmed in association with award-winning alum Alton Glass (Glassrock Entertainment).
Powered by Samsung GearVR
THE CADILLAC SHOWROOM
June 17 | 11:30 AM – 6:00 PM | New World Center, 500 17th St
Get a first-hand look at Cadillac’s latest luxury performance vehicles – including the CT6, XT5 and CTS-V
PANEL DISCUSSION “THE NEW FACES OF TV”
Presented by American Airlines
June 17 | 12 NOON – 1:30 PM | New World Center, 500 17th St
Meet the stars of some of TVs most successful shows featuring Dawn Lyen-Gardner (Queen Sugar), Merle Dandridge (Greenleaf), DeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Have It), Jessie T. Usher (Survivor’s Remorse) and more.
Moderated by Dondre Whitfield
AMERICAN AIRLINES PASSHOLDER LOUNGE
June 17 | 12 NOON – 4:30 PM | New World Center, 500 17th St
Network with fellow attendees, and meet the official web creators and short filmmakers of the festival from 2 pm – 3 pm
PRODUCING NETWORK SPECIALS & ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
Careers in Entertainment Center
Presented by BET
June 17 | 1:30 PM | The Gallery at the Betsy Hotel, 1433 Collins Ave
Introduction by Connie Orlando, Interim Head of Original Programming, BET Networks
A Conversation with Jesse Collins, Executive Producer, The New Edition Story & CEO, Jesse Collins Entertainment
Moderated by Elijah Kelley, The New Edition Story, The Wiz!, Red Tails
Facebook, Tweet, SnapChat & Instagram with us at the ABFF Social Wall.
SPOTLIGHT SCREENING: WOMEN IN CINEMA
Courtesy of Facebook in association with Daughters of Eve Media
June 17 | 2:30 AM | MB Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave
Women in Cinema: This year we shine a light on award-winning filmmaker, Tracy Heather Strain, on her journey as a feature documentarian over the past 28 years. Strain will share her career path and a look into her latest documentary, Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart – the first feature biography documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, the artist and activist best known for writing A Raisin in the Sun – which debuts on PBS as a part of the Emmy-winning American Masters series in 2018.
June 17 | 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM | Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd
Claws is a midnight-dark, wickedly funny meditation on female badness set in a South Florida nail salon. It follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous manicurists working at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon, where there is a lot more going on than silk wraps and pedicures. Claws is about good women caught in bad places with worse men. It’s the story of hardworking women trying to get by in this economy, set against the surreal, bright, gritty landscape of Florida and the luscious, absurd, extreme excesses of the crime world.
Talk back with Karrueche Tran, Judy Reyes, and Executive Producer Janine Sherman Barrios to immediately follow the screening.
Cast: Niecy Nash, Karrueche Tran, Judy Reyes
COMPOSING MUSIC FOR FILM & TV WORKSHOP
Careers in Entertainment Center
Presented by ASCAP
June 17 | 3:30 PM | The Gallery at the Betsy Hotel, 1433 Collins Ave
Join composer Elvin Ross (Boo! A Madea Halloween, The Haves and the Have Nots) to understand what it entails to score music for the purpose of storytelling.
ABFF TALK SERIES “THE BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT” with John Singleton
Presented by Verizon
June 17 | 4:00 PM | New World Center, 500 17th St
John Singleton discusses Hollywood and his upcoming project Snowfall.
SPOTLIGHT SCREENING: QUEEN SUGAR
Courtesy of OWN
June 17 | 5:30 PM | Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd
Charley and Davis remain entangled, Ralph Angel tries to find his footing on the family farm, and Aunt Violet confronts her feelings for Hollywood. Plus, Micah has a dangerous encounter with a police officer and Nova deals with the loss of her relationship with Calvin and later holds a community fundraiser.
Q & A with cast members Dawn Lyen-Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Rutina Wesley, Omar Dorsey, Tina Lifford and Dondre Whitfield will immediately follow the screening.
Director: Kat Candler | Writer: Monica Macer | Executive Producers: Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Monica Macer | Principle Cast: Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Omar J. Dorsey, Tina Lifford, Nicholas L. Ashe, Dondre T. Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett, Ethan Hutchison
LINCOLN ROAD DINE AROUND
June 17 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Lincoln Road
Enjoy special discounts for ABFF passholders at participating restaurants on Miami Beaches iconic retail strip Lincoln Rd.
Tapelia – 551 Lincoln Rd.
Hank & Harry’s – 1691 Michigan Ave
Meat Market – 915 Lincoln Rd
Complimentary dessert with each entrée
Balan’s – 1022 Lincoln Rd
Complimentary glass of red or white wine or dessert with each entrée
Bacaro – 1625 Michigan Ave
A complimentary Bellini Cocktail with a purchase of an Appetizer (per person).
Nespresso – 1105 Lincoln Rd
Purchase any item at the Boutique and receive a 10% off on your choice of Beverage at the Nespresso Bar
Segafredo – 1040 Lincoln Road
Complimentary glass of sangria with any purchase
Spris – 731 Lincoln Road
10% off food and beverage
Quattro – 1014 Lincoln Road
15% off any food and beverage purchase
YardHouse – 1681 Lenox Ave
10% off food purchases
SPOTLIGHT SCREENING: INSECURE
Courtesy of HBO
June 17 | 8:00 PM | Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd
Season 2 Premiere
Insecure returns this season with Issa, Molly and Lawrence trying to come to terms with the reality of being in their 30’s. Premieres July 23rd on HBO.
Q & A with Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji will immediately follow the screening.
Director: Melina Matsoukas | Writer: Issa Rae | Producers: Issa Rae, Larry Wilmore, Prentice Penny, Dave Becky, Michael Rontenberg, Jonathan Berry, Melina Matsoukas | Principle Cast: Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Lisa Joyce, Y’lan Noel, Natasha Rothwell, Amanda Seales
CLOSING NIGHT FILM: ALL EYEZ ON ME
Courtesy of Lionsgate, Codeblack Films and Morgan Creek Productions
June 17 | 9:15 PM – 11:00 PM | Regal Cinemas
“ALL EYEZ ON ME” tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. The film follows Shakur from his early days in New York City to his evolution into being one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25. Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mind-set propelled him into becoming a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his passing.
Director: Benny Boom | Writers: Jeremy Haft, Eddie Gonzalez, Steven Bagatourian | Executive Producer: Wayne Morris | Producers: James G. Robinson, David Robinson, L.T. Hutton | Cast: Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan, Hill Harper, Jamal Woolard, Danai Gurira and Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac Shakur
CLOSING NIGHT PARTY
June 17 | 11:00 PM – 3:00 AM | The Paris Theater, 550 Washington Ave