2016 Press Releases


The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Announces Actress Regina Hall as 2017 Celebrity Ambassador

Actress Regina Hall as 2017 Celebrity Ambassador
THE ABFF RETURNS TO MIAMI JUNE 14-18, 2017 NEW YORK, NEW YORK (December 15, 2016) - The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) announced today that actress Regina Hall has been selected as its 2017 celebrity ambassador. The ABFF will celebrate its 21st year with an exciting lineup of film screenings and expanded schedule of networking opportunities and events June 14-18, 2017, in Miami, FL. The highly anticipated festival is the nation’s largest gathering of Black film and television enthusiasts. Regina Hall has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought after ...

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21st Annual American Black Film Festival Announces 2017 Dates

South Beach at night
HBO Celebrates 20th Anniversary as Founding and Presenting Sponsor NEW YORK, (October 20, 2016) - The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) today announced that the 21st annual event will be held in Miami, June 14-18, 2017. In addition to the best of Black film and TV, the five-day festival will offer an innovative program with new experiences, including The Byron Lewis Careers in Entertainment Center, a multiday educational forum with lectures led by industry experts to provide insight into job opportunities in front of and behind the camera at studios and networks; and ...

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Star-Studded Lineup of Entertainers Celebrate 20th Anniversary of the American Black Film Festival

FESTIVAL CLOSES WITH TOP HONORS TO “DESTINED” FOR BEST ACTOR & BEST DIRECTOR Miami, Florida (June 27, 2016) - The 20th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) announced the winners of its competition categories at an awards ceremony on Saturday, June 18, at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Top awards went to Destined, Daddy Don't Go and Service to Man. This year’s ABFF was filled with informative and innovative programming that included film premieres, panels, workshops and master classes led by Hollywood notables. The star-studded lineup included Common, ...

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The 20th American Black Film Festival Will Screen a Wide and Diverse Selection of Narratives, Documentaries, Short Films and Webisodes in Miami, June 15-19

Official Selections
"CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE" WITH DWAYNE JOHNSON AND KEVIN HART TO PREMIERE AS OPENING NIGHT FILM AT THE ABFF -- OMARI HARDWICK SERVES AS ABFF JURY PRESIDENT-- New York, New York (June 1, 2016) - The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) announced today the lineup of over 25 narrative features, web originals, short films and documentaries that will be showcased at the Olympia Theater, Colony Theatre and Regal Cinemas in Miami Beach, Florida, June 15-19. Director Rawson Marshall Thurber's Central Intelligence, presented by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), ...

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“Central Intelligence” Starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, to Screen as Opening Night Film at the 20th American Black Film Festival on June 15, 2016 in Miami

MPAA
ABFF FIRST LOOK CONVERSATIONS CONFIRMED WITH NATE PARKER, AJA NAOMI KING AND GABRIELLE UNION FOR “THE BIRTH OF A NATION” AND GABRIELLE UNION, DAVID E. TALBERT AND WILL PACKER FOR “ALMOST CHRISTMAS” PRESENTED BY THE MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC. (MPAA), WITH COURTESY FROM WARNER BROS. PICTURES, FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES AND UNIVERSAL PICTURES New York, New York (May 24, 2016) - The new action comedy Central Intelligence, from director Rawson Marshall Thurber (We're the Millers, Dodgeball) will screen on opening night of the 20th American Black ...

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The American Black Film Festival to Launch “ABFF Creators Summit”

CAA
A one-day intensive program for diverse emerging content creators hosted by Creative Artists Agency New York, New York (April 25, 2016) - In Fall 2016, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) will unveil the "ABFF Creators Summit" in Los Angeles, CA. Hosted by Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the one-day summit for a select group of writers, producers and directors will include award-winning filmmakers from the 2016 American Black Film Festival. The goal of this intensive program is to provide diverse storytellers valuable insights into the process of pitching and ...

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The American Black Film Festival Continues to Expand its List of Talent Discovery Programs in Partnership with HBO®, Comcast NBCUniversal, TV One and McDonald’s


McDonald’s and American Black Film Festival Return with National Video Competition for Rising Filmmakers