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

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

ABFF CREATORS SUMMIT

hosted by CAA

A one one day program for the 2017 ABFF Official Filmmakers designed to provide insights into the process of pitching and developing film, television and web-based projects and introduce them to studio and network executives and agents.

2017 Official Filmmakers Only - By Invitation

Venue: The Betsy Hotel

11:00 am - 8:00 pm

REGISTRATION WELCOME CENTER

Festival Pass pick-up, information & ticket sales

Venue: Loews Hotel

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

ABFF WELCOME MIXER

Relaxed meet and greet for arriving festival attendees. Passed hors d’eouvres, wine, beer and cocktails will be available.

Venue: Lik Gallery

SP S D

6:00 PM

SHUTTLE BUS PICK-UP TO OPENING NIGHT FILM

Sobe & Deco passholders only

Venue: Loews Hotel

S D

8:30 PM

OPENING NIGHT FILM: GIRLS TRIP

Presented by the MPAA, Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Venue: Olympia Theater

S D

11:00 PM - 3:00 AM

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION

Venue: River Yacht Club

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

presented by Prudential

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: The Betsy Hotel

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

INDUSTRY EXPO

A daily expo where ABFF partners share information about their companies' initiatives and available opportunities.

  • TV One: 10 am - 1 pm
  • UMC-Urban Movie Channel: 3 pm - 6 pm

Venue: Loews Hotel

SP S D

10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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

Venue: Colony Theatre, MB Cinematheque & Loews Hotel TBD

SP S D

11:00 AM

BET SPOTLIGHT SCREENING: TALES

Venue: Colony Theatre

SP S D

12 NOON - 1:30 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION: ABFF "FIRST LOOK"

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Universal Pictures 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.

Panelist: Regina Hall, Will Packer, Malcolm D. Lee

Venue: New World Center

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

12 NOON - 4:30 PM

POWER LOUNGE

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

Venue: YUCA

D

1:30 PM

SPOTLIGHT SCREENING

National Museum of African American History & Culture

Venue: MB Cinematheque

SP S D

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

CAREERS IN ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

ABFF partners with leading media companies, organizations, unions and guilds, to host targeted workshops and tech talks to foster career development.

  • Technology & The Future Of Entertainment Workshop, presented by Aspire
    (1:30 pm)
  • Decoding Tech: The Next Generation of Steam, presented by Google
    (3:30 pm)

Venue: The Betsy Hotel

2:30 PM

TV ONE SPOTLIGHT SCREENING: WHEN LOVE KILLS: THE FALICIA BLAKELY STORY

Venue: Colony Theater

SP S D

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

ABFF TALK SERIES "THE BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT"

presented by Verizon

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

8:00 PM - 10:00 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

S D

10:30 PM - 3:00 AM

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

presented by Prudential

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: The Betsy Hotel

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

ABFF STYLE LOUNGE

presented by Shea Moisture

Enter the lounge to explore the latest in beauty.

Venue: Loews Hotel

SP S D

11:00 AM

SPOTLIGHT SCREENING: SNOWFALL

courtesy of FX

Venue: Colony Theatre

SP S D

11:00 AM

SPOTLIGHT SCREENING: STEP

courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Venue: MB Cinematheque

SP S D

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

INDUSTRY EXPO

A daily expo where ABFF partners share information about their companies' initiatives and available opportunities.

  • Turner: 10 am - 1 pm
  • TBD: 3 pm - 6 pm

Venue: Loews Hotel

SP S D

10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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

Venue: Colony Theatre, MB Cinematheque & Loews Hotel TBD

SP S D

12 NOON - 1:30 PM

CELEBRITY SCENE STEALERS

presented by TV ONE

Popular actors perform three exciting scenes from the year’s finalists’ screenplays. One writer wins $5,000 and the opportunity to have their screenplay developed and produced to premiere at the 2018 ABFF and be broadcast on TV One. Hosted by Tasha Smith

Venue: New World Center

S D

12 NOON - 4:30 PM

POWER LOUNGE

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

Venue: YUCA

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

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

CAREERS IN ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

ABFF partners with leading media companies, organizations, unions and guilds, to host targeted workshops and tech talks to foster career development.

  • 2:00 pm: A Day in the Life of a Development Exec. (Adult Swim) and Talent Recruitment & Development at CNN, presented by Turner

Venue: The Betsy Hotel

SP S D

2:30 PM

TV ONE SPOTLIGHT SCREENING: DOWNSIZED

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

6:00 PM

HBO SPOTLIGHT SCREENING

Venue: Colony Theater

SP S D

6:30 PM

THE VR EXPERIENCE

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).

Venue: MB Cinematheque

SP 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

presented by HBO

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

presented by Prudential

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: The Betsy Hotel

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

ABFF STYLE LOUNGE

presented by Shea Moisture

Enter the lounge to explore the latest in beauty.

Venue: Loews Hotel

SP S D

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

INDUSTRY EXPO

A daily expo where ABFF partners share information about their companies' initiatives and available opportunities.

  • Session I: 10 am - 1 pm
  • Session II: 3 pm - 6 pm

Venue: Loews Hotel

SP S D

10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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

Venue: Colony Theatre & MB Cinematheque

SP S D

10:30 AM

SPOTLIGHT SCREENING: BIGGIE: The Life of Notorious B.I.G.
(A & E)

Venue: Colony Theatre

SP S D

12 NOON - 1:30 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION "THE NEW FACES OF TV"

presented by American Airlines

Meet the stars of some of TVs most successful shows

Panelists: Merle Dandridge (Greenleaf), DeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Have It), Jessie T. Usher (Survivor’s Remorse) and more to come.

Venue: New World Center

S D

12 NOON - 4:30 PM

POWER LOUNGE

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

Venue: YUCA

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

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

CAREERS IN ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

ABFF partners with leading media companies, organizations, unions and guilds, to host targeted workshops and tech talks to foster career development.

  • 1:30 pm presented by BET - Topic TBD
  • 3:30 pm Composing Music for Film & TV Workshop, presented by ASCAP

Venue: The Betsy Hotel

SP S D

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

TURNER SPOTLIGHT SCREENING: CLAWS

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

Talk back with cast to immediately follow the screening.

Venue: Colony Theatre

SP S D

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

ABFF TALK SERIES "THE BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT"

presented by Verizon

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

Venue: New World Center

S D

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

SPOTLIGHT SCREENING

Venue: Colony Theatre

SP 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

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

HBO SPOTLIGHT SCREENING

Venue: Colony Theatre

SP S D

9:15 PM - 11:00 PM

CLOSING NIGHT FILM: ALL EYEZ ON ME

Courtesy of Codeblack Films

Venue: Regal Cinemas TBD

S D

11:00 PM - 3:00 AM

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY

Venue: The Paris Theater

S D

SUNDAY, JUNE 18

10:00 AM - 12 NOON

ABFF FILMMAKER CEREMONY

The final moment to celebrate the 2017 filmmakers: the highly anticipated film and talent competition winners are announced, within a relaxed and celebratory setting.

Venue: New World Center

S D

2:30 PM - 7:00 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: Little Haiti Culture Complex

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.

Your pass level designates the priority of entry to events. Deco passholders will enter first, SOBE passholders will follow and Splash passholders thereafter.

Important Note: The festival will officially close on Sunday (June 18th) afternoon. Please plan your travel accordingly.