History of Milestones

1997

1997

1997

The ABFF begins as the Acapulco Black Film Festival. Many prominent artists attended including John Singleton, Morgan Freeman, Regina King, and Robert Townsend; Halle Berry receives the ABFF Rising Star Award.

1999

1999

1999

Producer Will Packer screens his first feature film, TROIS, and wins the Audience Award. Packer has amassed more than $1 billion combined at the Box Office

2001

2001

2001

Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) is presented with the ABFF Rising Star Award; Kerry Washington attends the festival to promote her first leading role in the feature film LIFT.

2006

2006

2006

Kevin Hart performs in the ABFF Emerging Comic Showcase.

2011

2011

2011

Ryan Coogler wins the HBO Short Film Competition. He goes on to write and direct highly-acclaimed films, Fruitvale Station, Creed, and the global blockbuster Black Panther.

2016

2016

2016

ABFF Honors has its inaugural television broadcast on BET. The festival celebrates its 20th anniversary in Miami Beach with 10,000 attendees. ABFF Alum Issa Rae premiers hit series Insecure on HBO.

2019

2019

2019

Photos and artifacts from the festival are installed in National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, DC as part of its permanent collection. The company launches its European spinoff, ABFF London.

2020

2020

2020

The company partnered with tech start up Streamland USA to form, ABFF PLAY, a free VOD streaming service.