HBO® Short Film Competition

Thursday, June 14 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | New World Center, Performance Hall

Celebrating 21 years as an ABFF founding sponsor, HBO will continue its mission to support independent filmmakers. A panel of HBO executives will judge the final entries during the festival. A grand prize of $10,000 will be awarded by HBO to one filmmaker at the “Best of the ABFF” Awards Presentation on June 16, 2018, with runners-up each receiving $5,000. All finalists will have the opportunity to have their entries licensed by HBO for exhibition on the HBO service, HBO Go, and HBO Now.


EMERGENCY

USA 11 MINS

THU 6/14 | 6:00 PM | NEW WORLD CENTER, PERFORMANCE HALL

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A group of young Black and Latino boys come home to their worst nightmare: An unconscious White girl on the floor of their apartment. Faced with this emergency, they weigh the pros and cons of calling the police.

Directed by: Carey Williams | Produced by: Joenique C. Rose | Written by: K.D. Davila | Starring: Darrell Lake, Jason Woods, Peter Pasco, Michael Segovia, Shaw Jones

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HAIR WOLF

USA 12 MINS

THU 6/14 | 6:00 PM | NEW WORLD CENTER, PERFORMANCE HALL

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Set in a black hair salon in rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn, New York, the local residents fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.

Directed by: Mariama Diallo | Produced by: Valerie Steinberg | Written by: Mariama Diallo | Starring: Kara Young, Taliah Webster, Madeline Weinstein, Trae Harris, Jermaine Crawford

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MOTHS & BUTTERFLIES

USA 16 MINS

THU 6/14 | 6:00 PM | NEW WORLD CENTER, PERFORMANCE HALL

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“Moths” follows Lenny, a socially awkward, schizoaffective man & Cherisse, a high energy boundless soul, as they try to accept themselves in this New York tale about mental illness, love, and the longing to be understood.

Directed by: Alfonso Johnson | Produced by: Alfonso Johnson, Garry Glasco, Eric Branco, Damon Diddit, Philippe Pierre | Written by: Alfonso Johnson | Starring: Amari Cheatom, Gillian Glasco

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DAYS AFTER YOUR DEPARTURE

USA 9 MINS

THU 6/14 | 6:00 PM | NEW WORLD CENTER, PERFORMANCE HALL

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After losing his mother to a yearlong battle with cancer, Joekenneth Museau is left to question the meaning of his own existence.

Directed by: Sam Sneed | Produced by: Akshay Bhansali, Chad Gittens | Written by: Joekenneth Museau | Starring: Joekenneth Museau

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SUITABLE

USA 14 MINS

THU 6/14 | 6:00 PM | NEW WORLD CENTER, PERFORMANCE HALL

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Brandy, a high school tom boy, comes to terms with her sexuality when she decides what she’ll wear to the prom. At its core, this film tackles issues of sexuality, gender and the realities young, black women face as they come-of-age in modern society.

Directed by: Thembi L. Banks | Produced by: Ashley Chrisman | Written by: Rochee Jeffrey | Starring: Kelli Jordan, Tiffany Tenille, Derick Anthony

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