PROGRAMMING INITIATIVES

FILM SCREENINGS

The festival has four main competitive sections: Short Films, Narrative Feature Films, Documentaries and Web Series. In addition, the festival presents the non-competitive world showcase section and spotlight screenings of studio and network films in advance of their release dates.

BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT SEMINARS

Educational symposiums that take place over three days of the festival. The seminars are co-programmed with leading media and entertainment companies. They are designed to provide information that attendees will use to enhance their career development strategies in the entertainment business.

PANELS

Moderated discussions presented each day of the festival. These sessions are designed to educate, inform and empower attendees via selected topics in the film, television and media industries.

PASSHOLDER PERKS, RESOURCES & ATTRACTIONS

Additional activities that enhance the overall festival experience including Lincoln Road Dine Around, Networking Lounges and other hospitality events.

LASER TALKS

A new addition to the festival and staged in the style of TED Talks, ABFF Laser Talks offer C-Suite executives, and top leaders in entertainment and technology, an opportunity to highlight their company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.

MASTER CLASSES

Intensive workshops designed to help emerging artists hone the craft of filmmaking in various disciplines.

THE VR EXPERIENCE

A space dedicated to immersive experiences (virtual reality, headsets, 360° video, etc.) to demonstrate the impact of technological advancements on storytelling.

CELEBRITY TALKS

This is a series of moderated conversations with high profile artists and entertainment executives as they share their “road to success” stories.

ENTERTAINMENT & PARTIES

Social events that help facilitate the exchange of information, develop contacts and deal making among festivalgoers.