Master Classes

Registration for the 2017 ABFF is NOW CLOSED.


Intensive classes offering attendees the opportunity to learn the various disciplines of film and television, including writing, directing, producing, acting and cinematography from prominent filmmakers and industry professionals.


Tasha Smith

Acting Master Class “TSAW”

Instructor: Tasha Smith

Actor, Director, Producer read bio


Actors get ready for what Tasha Smith has to share! Tasha Smith is a multifaceted actress whose work brings style and intensity to the subjects she plays on the big and small screen: Empire, For Better or Worse, Why Did I Get Married, The Corner to name a few. Smith leads students through multi-level instructional training focused on the craft and career of an actor. A no holds-barred class designed to help students unlock their artistic potential, and inspire personal growth.


Thursday, June 15 | 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Karen Horne

Master Class in Packaging Your TV Show Idea

Instructor: Karen Horne

SVP Programming Talent Development & Inclusion NBC Entertainment & Universal Studios read bio

Guest Instructor: Misha Green

Writer Producer & Showrunner, WGN’s Underground and HBO’s recently announced LoveCraft Country read bio


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.


Friday, June 16 | 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Stephanie Allain

Master Class in Producing

Instructor: Stephanie Allain

Producer read bio


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.


Saturday, June 17 | 8:00 am – 11:00 am