2017 Schedule

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

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14

11:00 am - 8:00 pm

REGISTRATION WELCOME CENTER

Festival Pass pick-up, information & ticket sales

Venue: Loews Hotel

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

ABFF WELCOME DAY PARTY

Relaxed meet and greet for arriving festival attendees

Venue: Loews Hotel

SP S D

6:00 PM

SHUTTLE BUS PICK-UP TO OPENING NIGHT FILM

Sobe & Deco passholders only

Venue: Loews Hotel

S D

7:00 PM

RED CARPET ARRIVALS

Venue: Olympia Theater

8:00 PM

OPENING NIGHT FILM

Venue: Olympia Theater

S D

11:00 PM

OPENING NIGHT PARTY

Venue: Aura

S D

THURSDAY, JUNE 15

7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

REGISTRATION WELCOME CENTER

Festival Pass pick-up, information & ticket sales

Venue: Loews Hotel

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

MASTER CLASS IN ACTING

Actor Tasha Smith, leads students through multi-level instructional training focused on the craft and career of an actor, designed to help students unlock their artistic potential and inspire personal growth.

Venue: Loews Hotel

11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

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

Venue: Colony Theatre & MB Cinematheque

SP S D

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

THE VR EXPERIENCE

Tech talks and hands-on demos showcasing the latest in virtual reality and immersive storytelling

Venue: Loews Hotel

SP S D

12 NOON - 6:00 PM

POWER LOUNGE

Exclusively for Deco featuring refreshments and daily celebrity meet & greet

Venue: New World Center

D

12 NOON - 1:30 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION: ABFF "FIRST LOOK"

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) takes attendees behind the scenes of a highly-anticipated upcoming movie release: with never before seen clips and Q & A with several members of the cast and crew.

Venue: New World Center

S D

12 NOON - 4:30 PM

ABFF CAREERS IN ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

Six lectures designed to educate attendees on jobs inside the industry and foster career development

  • SESSION 1: PROGRAMMING A NETWORK
    (1:45 pm - 2:45 pm)

    Learn about the function of the programming department within a network. How the development process works from script to screen (scripted shows, reality TV and variety specials).
  • SESSION 2: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CASTING EXECUTIVE
    (3:45 pm - 4:45 pm)

    Find out what a busy day identifying talent for shows at a major network looks like. Head of the casting dept. will provide a comprehensive introduction into the world of casting.

Venue: Loews Hotel

SP S D

12 NOON - 4:30 PM

AMERICAN AIRLINES PASSHOLDER LOUNGE

Network with fellow attendees, and meet the official feature filmmakers of the festival from 2 pm - 3 pm

Venue: New World Center

SP S D

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

ABFF TALK SERIES "THE BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT"

Candid "one-on-one" conversation with the industry's most dynamic artists and entertainment executives

Venue: New World Center

S D

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

LINCOLN ROAD DINE AROUND

Enjoy special discounts for ABFF passholders at participating restaurants on Miami Beaches iconic retail strip Lincoln Rd.

Venue: Lincoln Road

SP S D

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

20th 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: Colony Theatre & MB Cinematheque

S D

11:00 PM - 2:00 AM

THE ABFF WHITE PARTY

Venue: Nikki Beach

S D

FRIDAY, JUNE 16

7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

REGISTRATION WELCOME CENTER

Festival Pass pick-up, information & ticket sales

Venue: Loews Hotel

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

MASTER CLASS IN PACKAGING YOUR TV SHOW IDEA

This class provides a framework for how to prepare a pitch package for general meetings, detailing what that looks like, as well as breaking down what to expect on the journey to selling a project.

In addition, Karen Horne, NBC Entertainment & Universal Television will provide a valuable introduction into what it takes to become a television writer.

Guest instructor to be announced.

Venue: Loews Hotel

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

THE VR EXPERIENCE

Tech talks and hands-on demos showcasing the latest in virtual reality and immersive storytelling

Venue: Loews Hotel

SP S D

12 NOON - 8:00 PM

POWER LOUNGE

Exclusively for Deco passholders featuring refreshments and daily celebrity meet & greet

Venue: New World Center

D

12 NOON - 4:30 PM

AMERICAN AIRLINES PASSHOLDER LOUNGE

Network with fellow attendees, and meet the official documentary filmmakers of the festival from 2 pm - 3 pm

Venue: New World Center

SP S D

11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

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

Venue: Colony Theatre & MB Cinematheque

SP S D

12 NOON - 1:30 PM

TV ONE CELEBRITY SCENE STEALERS TABLE READ

Popular actors perform scenes from TV One's annual screenplay competition, where one talented writer wins the opportunity to have their movie made by TV One.

Venue: Colony Theater

S D

12 NOON - 4:30 PM

ABFF CAREERS IN ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

Six lectures designed to educate attendees on jobs inside the industry and foster career development

  • SESSION 1: BEING A MARKETING EXECUTIVE
    (1:45 pm - 2:45 pm)

    A film studio multi-cultural marketing executive will outline what this job entails and how integral it is to a project's success.
  • SESSION 2:
    (3:45 pm - 4:45 pm)

    led by Turner. Details to be announced.

Venue: Loews Hotel

SP S D

TIME TBD

SPOTLIGHT SCREENING: TV ONE

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

ABFF TALK SERIES "THE BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT"

Candid "one-on-one" conversation with the industry's most dynamic artists and entertainment executives

Venue: New World Center

S D

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

LINCOLN ROAD DINE AROUND

Enjoy special discounts for ABFF passholders at participating restaurants on Miami Beaches iconic retail strip Lincoln Rd.

Venue: Lincoln Road

SP S D

9:00 PM - 10:30 PM

ABFF COMEDY WINGS COMPETITION

A hilarious night of comedy: five of the funniest new comics battle it out to take home the 2017 Comedy Wings "Winner" title

Venue: New World Center

S D

SATURDAY, JUNE 17

7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

REGISTRATION WELCOME CENTER

Festival Pass pick-up, information & ticket sales

Venue: Loews Hotel

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

MASTER CLASS IN PRODUCING

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.

This class will break down the nuts and bolts of producing a movie, from script development to distribution.

Venue: Loews Hotel

12 NOON - 8:00 PM

POWER LOUNGE

Exclusively for Deco passholders featuring refreshments and daily celebrity meet & greet

Venue: New World Center

D

11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

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

Venue: Colony Theatre & MB Cinematheque

SP S D

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

THE VR EXPERIENCE

Tech talks and hands-on demos showcasing the latest in virtual reality and immersive storytelling

Venue: Loews Hotel

SP S D

12 NOON - 1:30 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION "BLACK TELEVISION: THE YEAR IN REVIEW"

A look back at a phenomenal year in television with new shows such as Atlanta, Insecure, Luke Cage, Queen Sugar. Meet the stars' and creative minds behind some of the year's greatest successes.

Venue: New World Center

S D

12 NOON - 4:30 PM

ABFF CAREERS IN ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

Six lectures designed to educate attendees on jobs inside the industry and foster career development

  • SESSION 1: THE JOB OF PRODUCTION FINANCE
    (1:45 pm - 2:45 pm)

    Film and TV show finances have to be managed. If you’re good with numbers this may just be the job for you. Find out all about this supportive role from guiding the accounting process, to ensuring financial compliance with contracts.
  • SESSION 2: COMPOSING MUSIC FOR FILM & TV
    (3:45 pm - 4:45 pm)

    Learn about the different paths to scoring music for film and television.

Venue: Loews Hotel

SP S D

12 NOON - 4:30 PM

AMERICAN AIRLINES PASSHOLDER LOUNGE

Network with fellow attendees, and meet the official web creators and short filmmakers of the festival from 2 pm – 3 pm

Venue: New World Center

SP S D

3:00 PM

SPOTLIGHT SCREENING: CLAUS

Catch the premiere of an episode of this new series, courtesy of Turner

S D

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

ABFF TALK SERIES "THE BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT"

Candid "one-on-one" conversation with the industry's most dynamic artists and entertainment executives

Venue: New World Center

S D

6:30PM - 8:30 PM

LINCOLN ROAD DINE AROUND

Enjoy special discounts for ABFF passholders at participating restaurants on Miami Beaches iconic retail strip Lincoln Rd.

Venue: Lincoln Road

SP S D

8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

Venue: Colony Theatre & Regal Cinemas

S D

11:00 PM - 2:00 AM

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY

Venue: The Paris Theater

S D

SUNDAY, JUNE 18

10:00 AM - 12 NOON

ABFF FILMMAKER CEREMONY

The 2017 ABFF’s inspirational ceremony comprised of special opening by industry keynote, and the announcement of the year’s much-anticipated award winners.

Venue: New World Center

S D

2:30 PM - 7:00 PM

ABFF COMMUNITY DAY

in partnership with Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. The festival comes to a close in the heart of Miami’s historic Overtown district with encore screenings of a selection of ABFF 2017 films.

Venue: Lyric Theater

SP S D


The purchase of a pass or ticket does not guarantee admission. Admission is based on the venues' capacity and the festival's door policy.

Important Note: The festival will officially close on Sunday, June 18th at 12:00 PM with the ABFF Filmmaker Ceremony. Please plan your travel accordingly.