TALENT PIPELINE PLATFORMS

The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) has a rich history of prestigious talent infusion programs designed to identify, showcase and introduce talented artists, including directors, actors, writers and other content creators to the industry at large. These unique programs are partnered with major entertainment media companies (i.e. HBO, NBC Universal, Turner, etc.) to heighten industry awareness and offer cash prizes along with career-enhancing opportunities.

Born from ABFF Founder Jeff Friday’s conviction that Black artists deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts, the talent pipeline platforms act as a valuable conduit between Hollywood and emerging talent including Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), Stephen Caple, Jr. (The Land), Clement Virgo (Greenleaf), Omari Hardwick (Power), Emayatze Corinealdi (Ballers), Keronda Kiki McKnight (Bad Dad Rehab), Ben Watkins (Hand of God), Saladin K. Patterson (The Big Bang Theory) and Issa Rae (Insecure).

TALENT PIPELINE PLATFORM

KEY DATES

AWARD

ABFF Comedy Wings Competition

Submissions Open: November 20, 2017

Submissions Close: January 15, 2018

One winner is selected to receive $5,000 and has the opportunity to meet with a HBO comedy exec post festival.

NBC Hosting Workshop

Submissions Open: November 20, 2017

Submissions Close: March 8, 2018

Top selected participant(s) will receive the opportunity to conduct media and/or celebrity interviews during the ABFF 2018 in Miami, Florida, one (1) festival credential and airfare to the ABFF and meeting with NBCU Talent Executives.

TV One Screenplay Competition

Submissions Open: December 20, 2017

Submissions Close: February 20, 2018

One screenwriter is selected by TV One to receive $5,000 and the opportunity to have their screenplay produced for TV One. Winner is announced at the ABFF Awards Presentation.

ABFF Greenlighters Academy

More information to come

Selected college students participate in a series of meetings and discussion with top studio and network executives with the goal of securing an internship or entry level position at a major entertainment company.

Star Project

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Trip to the ABFF (air, hotel, ground). $1,000 towards professional headshots or performance training classes, VIP access to NBCUniversal Short Film Festival semi-finals in NYC (August) and finals in LA (October).

ABFF Turner TV Writing Contest

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