2019 HBO® Short Film Competition

The following films are the 2019 official selections in the HBO® Short Film Competition, now in its 22nd year. Each film in this category will compete for the ABFF’s HBO® Short Film Award (prize is $10,000 for the winner and $5,000 for each of the finalists). The 22nd Annual HBO Short Film Competition, sponsored by HBO, is on Thursday, June 13, at 6 p.m. Hosted by Bevy Smith (Fashion Queens), the competition will be held in the New World Center Performance Hall. The winner will be announced during the Best of the ABFF Awards Presentation on Saturday, June 15 at 9 p.m.

Thursday, June 13 | 6:00 PM | NEW WORLD CENTER, PERFORMANCE HALL


CAP

2019 USA 16 MINS World Premiere

THU 6/13 | 6:00 PM | NEW WORLD CENTER, PERFORMANCE HALL

15-year-old Manny Bennitt learns the hard way the price of being cool.

Directed by: Marshall Tyler | Produced by: Moira Griffin, Marshall Tyler | Written by: Marshall Tyler | Cast: Medina Senghore, Tunde Adebimpe, Dusan Brown

EVELYN X EVELYN

2018 USA 13 MINS

THU 6/13 | 6:00 PM | NEW WORLD CENTER, PERFORMANCE HALL

Grief can be overwhelming for just us to tackle alone.

Directed by: Eric Pumphrey | Produced by: Angelo Pullen, Tommy Savas, Luke Baybak, Jenna Johnson, Judy Craig | Written by: Eric Pumphrey | Cast: Natalie Paul, Jocko Sims


FLIGHT

2018 JAMAICA 13 MINS

THU 6/13 | 6:00 PM | NEW WORLD CENTER, PERFORMANCE HALL

A Jamaican boy sets out on a dream, ten times his size, to fly to the moon, despite his circumstances and father’s opposition.

Directed by: Kia Moses, Adrian McDonald | Produced by: Tashara-Lee Johnson | Written by: Kia Moses | Cast: Rohiem Phillips, Craig Robinson, Jermaine ‘Zbek’ Nelson, Danielo Reid, Akalia Golding, Christopher McKoy

THE FISHERMAN

2018 GHANA 15 MINS

THU 6/13 | 6:00 PM | NEW WORLD CENTER, PERFORMANCE HALL

An aging fisherman goes out to sea one day and returns with a talking fish.

Directed by: Zoey Martinson | Produced by: Kofi Owusu Afriyie, Zoey Martinson | Written by: Zoey Martinson | Cast: Ziggy Netteyson, Kiki-Romi, Elizabeth Nortey


WEDNESDAY

2018 USA 13 MINS World Premiere

THU 6/13 | 6:00 PM | NEW WORLD CENTER, PERFORMANCE HALL

Recently homeless and living in a car with her mother, a teenage girl commits a reckless act, desperate to rescue a vestige of their former life.

Directed by: Daniel Willis | Produced by: Melina Lizette, Mariyam Mahbub | Written by: Jessica D. Shields | Cast: Mychala Lee, Chene Lawson