2018 Schedule

(Preliminary schedule, events and times subject to change.)

Indicates Festival Pass Access: SP - SPLASH Pass S - SOBE Pass

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

ABFF FILMMAKER SUMMIT

presented by CAA

Venue: The Betsy Hotel, Gallery

11:00 am - 7:00 pm

REGISTRATION WELCOME CENTER

Festival Pass pick-up, information & ticket sales

Venue: Loews, Americana 4

12:45 PM - 4:45 PM

AMERICAN AIRLINES PASSHOLDER LOUNGE

Network with fellow attendees, and meet the official 2018 ABFF filmmakers.

Venue: New World Center, Sun Trust Pavillion

SP S

7:30 PM

OPENING NIGHT FILM

Venue: Fillmore Theater

SP S

10:30 PM - 1:00 AM

OPENING NIGHT PARTY

Venue: TBD

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THURSDAY, JUNE 14

7:30 AM - 7:00 PM

REGISTRATION WELCOME CENTER

Festival Pass pick-up, information & ticket sales

Venue: Loews, Americana 4

8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

MASTER CLASS: BECOMING A SHOWRUNNER

(separate ticket required)

This master class, taught by television executive, Korin Huggins, will provide insight, advice and guidance on attaining this coveted gig. Huggins will walk you through the steps that will get you on the right path to one of the most elusive, and most powerful, jobs in the television industry.

Instructor: Korin D. Huggins, Emmy Award-Nominated Producer (ROOTS, Uncle Buck, Truth Be Told, Being Mary Jane)

Venue: The Betsy Hotel, Gallery

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

INDUSTRY EXPO

Venue: Loews, Foyer

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

SPOTLIGHT SCREENINGS

Film and television premieres from major networks and studios followed by Q & A with talent from each project

Venue: Colony Theatre

SP S

11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

FILM SCREENINGS: Features, Shorts, Docs, & Web Series

Venue: Regal Cinema

SP S

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

NBC UNIVERSAL PANEL

Venue: Loews, Americana 3

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1:45 PM - 5:45 PM

AMERICAN AIRLINES PASSHOLDER LOUNGE

Network with fellow attendees, and meet the official 2018 ABFF filmmakers.

Venue: Loews, Americana 4

SP S

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT SEMINAR: DEMYSTIFYING DEAL POINTS

led by Lisa E. Davis (Entertainment Attorney, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC) Read Bio

This session is intended to help filmmakers navigate the major deal points of a distribution agreement. The focus will be on digital, non-theatrical and licensing deals. Key topics will include the "optimal" grant of rights, territorial rights issues, customary payment models, delivery and E&O expectations and other common "asks" by the distributor. The discussion will address concerns for working with multiple distributors and also discuss ways to create leverage and avoid the top mistakes during negotiations.

Venue: The Betsy Hotel, Gallery

SP S

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

SPOTLIGHT SCREENING: DOWN FOR WHATEVER

courtesy of TV One

Directed by Timothy Folsom

Starring: LeToya Luckett, Hosea Chanchez, Bre-Z and Imani Hakim

Venue: Colony Theater

SP S

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT SEMINAR: COLOR CREATIVE: KILLER CREATIVITY

presented by BET

Venue: The Betsy, Gallery

SP S

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

CELEBRITY TALK

Our guest speaker will share their "road to success" story in an open and honest moderated discussion, leaving attendees both informed and motivated.

Venue: Loews, Americana 3

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3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

INDUSTRY EXPO

Venue: Loews, Foyer

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

21st annual HBO SHORT FILM COMPETITION

An exciting night, where five short films screen in competition for the HBO Short Film Award and a $10,000 cash prize

Venue: New World Center, Performance Hall

S

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

LINCOLN ROAD DINE AROUND

Enjoy special discounts for ABFF pass holders at participating restaurants on Miami Beaches iconic retail strip Lincoln Road. Visit abff.com or festival app for list of restaurants and discount info.

Venue: Lincoln Road (TBD)

SP S

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

ABOUT WOMEN: TOWN HALL MEETING

As a prelude to the 2019 ABFF ABOUT WOMEN Conference, women attending the festival will gather to listen to each other, speak their truth and come up with solutions to various issues specific to women of color in the entertainment industry. Topics of discussion include wage disparity, hiring gaps for women of color in the film/television business, corporate glass ceilings, lack of multifaceted black female characters in film, barriers AND opportunities for black female directors, ABFF’s role in supporting women of color in the industry, etc.

Venue: Loews, Americana 3

SP S

11:00 PM - 2:00 AM

THE LEGENDARY WHITE PARTY

Attire: White, Miami Chic

Venue: Nikki Beach

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15

7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

REGISTRATION WELCOME CENTER

Festival Pass pick-up, information & ticket sales

Venue: Loews, Americana 4

8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

MASTER CLASS: FILM FINANCING

(separate ticket required)

Instructor: Glendon Palmer, SVP, Development and Production at Global Road Entertainment

Guest Speakers: Taj Paxton, Head of Logo Documentary Films & Darrien Gipson, National Director of SAGindie

Learn how successful indie filmmakers get their dramatic and/or documentary feature films financed in this intensive seminar.

Venue: The Betsy Hotel, Gallery

10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

INDUSTRY EXPO

Venue: Loews, Foyer

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

SPOTLIGHT SCREENINGS

Film and television premieres from major networks and studios followed by Q & A with talent from each project

Venue: Colony Theatre

SP S

11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

FILM SCREENINGS: Features, Shorts, Docs, & Web Series

Venue: Regal Cinema

SP S

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

CELEBRITY SCENE STEALERS

presented by TV One

Join TV One for this dynamic event featuring popular actors and actresses performing scenes from the finalists of the annual screenplay competition. One of these talented screenwriters will win $5,000 and the opportunity to have their screenplay produced for TV One.

Venue: Loews, Americana 3

S

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT SEMINAR

TBD

Venue: The Betsy Hotel, Gallery

SP S

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

SPOTLIGHT SCREENING: CLIPS & CONVERSATION: THE BOBBY BROWN STORY

presented by BET

Venue: Colony Theater

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

CELEBRITY TALK

Venue: Loews, Americana 3

S

3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

INDUSTRY EXPO

Venue: Loews, Foyer

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT SEMINAR: DEVELOPING A HIT TELEVISION SHOW

sponsored by Turner

A panel of development executives and agents who will discuss development of a television show.

Venue: The Betsy Hotel

SP S

4:45 PM - 8:45 PM

AMERICAN AIRLINES PASSHOLDER LOUNGE

Network with fellow attendees, and meet the official 2018 ABFF filmmakers.

Venue: New World Center, Sun Trust Pavillion

SP S

5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT SEMINAR

TBD

Venue: Loews, Americana 3

SP S

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

LINCOLN ROAD DINE AROUND

Enjoy special discounts for ABFF pass holders at participating restaurants on Miami Beaches iconic retail strip Lincoln Road. Visit abff.com or festival app for list of restaurants and discount info.

Venue: Lincoln Road (TBD)

SP S

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

29 BELOW MIXER

Mixer for members of the 29 Below Promotion

Venue: The Betsy Hotel, Rooftop

7:45 PM - 9:00 PM

HOT IN HOLLYWOOD

sponsored by American Airlines

A discussion about the state of the industry with some of the most talented and popular black artists on both sides of the camera. These stars are making their impact in Hollywood and have had great success by virtue of multiple projects in the last year. Take this rare opportunity to hear their stories, their goals and what it feels like to be Hot in Hollywood.

Panelist(s): Kofi Siriboe (Queen Sugar, Girls Trip), Jacob Latimore (The Chi) and more.

Venue: Loews, Americana 3

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9:30 PM - 11:00 PM

ABFF "COMEDY WINGS" COMPETITION

presented by HBO

A hilarious night of comedy. Five of the funniest new comics battle it out to take home the 2018 Comedy Wings "Winner" title.

Venue: New World Center, Performance Hall

S

10:30 PM

PARTNER PARTY

Discounted admission for ABFF Passholders.

Venue: TBD

SATURDAY, JUNE 16

7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

REGISTRATION WELCOME CENTER

Festival Pass pick-up, information & ticket sales

Venue: Loews, Americana 4

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

MASTER CLASS: NAILING YOUR AUDITION

(separate ticket required)

Casting director, Kimberly Hardin, will lead an intensive weekend workshop that focuses on preparation, how to audition and how to own the room, a comprehensive pragmatic approach to gaining employment, understanding pay rates/contracts, mastering one line and Under Five auditions, and maintaining a positive attitude while navigating this business. This session is designed to help students build confidence and personal presence when going into audition rooms.

Confirmed instructor: Kimberly Hardin

Guest Speaker: TBD

Venue: The Betsy Hotel, Gallery

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

INDUSTRY EXPO

Venue: Loews, Foyer

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

SPOTLIGHT SCREENINGS

Film and television premieres from major networks and studios followed by Q & A with talent from each project

Venue: Colony Theatre

SP S

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

FILM SCREENINGS: Features, Shorts, Docs, & Web Series

Venue: Regal Cinema

SP S

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

CONVERSATION WITH RYAN COOGLER

A conversation with Ryan Coogler, director of the groundbreaking film Black Panther. ABFF is exceptionally proud of its alumnus Ryan Coogler and his outstanding accomplishments. You don't want to miss this conversation.

Venue: Loews, Americana 3

S

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT SEMINAR

TBD

Venue: The Betsy Hotel, Gallery

SP S

1:45 PM - 5:45 PM

AMERICAN AIRLINES PASSHOLDER LOUNGE

Network with fellow attendees, and meet the official 2018 ABFF filmmakers.

Venue: New World Center, Sun Trust Pavillion

SP S

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

SPOTLIGHT SCREENING: CLAWS

presented by Turner Networks

Venue: Colony Theater

SP S

3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

INDUSTRY EXPO

Venue: Loews, Foyer

4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT SEMINAR: DIRECTING WHILE BLACK

D.W.B. is a group of young(ish) Black directors who meet for dinner 1-2 times per year for the purposes of peer mentorship, sharing war stories and figuring out ways of encouraging the upcoming generation of Black directors. Take an opportunity to be a part of the conversation and get helpful advice for all aspiring directors.

Moderated By: Tommy Oliver (The Perfect Guy, Black Love, 1982)

Panelist: Steven Caple Jr. (The Land, Creed II) and more.

Venue: The Betsy Hotel, Gallery

SP S

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

"BEST OF THE ABFF" AWARDS PRESENTATION

Celebrate the 2018 American Black Film Festival Official Selections as the film and talent competition winners are awarded.

Venue: New World Center, Performance Hall

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7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

LINCOLN ROAD DINE AROUND

Enjoy special discounts for ABFF pass holders at participating restaurants on Miami Beaches iconic retail strip Lincoln Road. Visit abff.com or festival app for list of restaurants and discount info.

Venue: Lincoln Road (TBD)

SP S

10:30 PM - 2:00 AM

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY

Venue: The Betsy Hotel

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SUNDAY, JUNE 17

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

ABFF COMMUNITY DAY

ABFF, in partnership with Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau presents a selection of dynamic films for the local community to enjoy!

Venue: The Lyric Theater

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