2020 PANELS, LIVE EVENTS & SPOTLIGHT SCREENINGS

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21

5:00 p.m. EST (Live Event)
UMC SHOOT YOUR SHOT NATIONAL CASTING CALL

(Sponsored by UMC)

UMC and Partners in Rhyme (MC Lyte & Bentley Kyle Evans) have teamed up for a national casting call for a leading role in the new UMC series.

Panelists:

  • Brett Dismuke, Chief Content Officer
  • Nikki Love, VP, Production & Development
  • MC Lyte, Co-creator of Partners in Rhyme
  • Bentley Kyle Evans, Co-creator of Partners in Rhyme
  • Jeff Friday, Founder & CEO, ABFF Ventures

Moderator: Leah Daniels-Butler, Casting Director

6:00 pm EST: Immediately followed by IG Live Takeover with MC Lyte.


8:00 p.m. EST
HBO® SHORT FILM COMPETITION

(Sponsored by HBO®)

This year’s festival opens with the 23rd annual HBO Short Film Competition, the most prestigious of its kind for emerging writers and directors. Former finalists include Christine Swanson, (The First Ladies of Gospel: Clark Sisters) Steven Caple, Jr (Creed II) and Ryan Coogler (Black Panther). Five films will compete for the 2020 HBO Short Film Award:

  • A Rodeo Film, Director/Writer: Darius Dawson
  • A Storybook Ending, Director/Writer: Lanre Olabisi
  • Black Boy Joy, Director: Martina Mossell Lee; Writer: Michelle Sam
  • Dolapo Is Fine, Director: Ethosheia Hylton; Writers: Joan Iyiola, Chibundu Onuzo)
  • The Cypher, Director: Letia Solomon; Writer: Wes Akwuobi

Hosted by: Bevy Smith, BEVELATIONS, SiriusXM


10:30 p.m. – Midnight EST (Live Event)
THE LEGENDARY WHITE PARTY

(Co-sponsored by UMC and Moet Hennessy)

This year the festival will host its Legendary All-White Party on opening night. Join us in your White Attire. Celebrity drop-ins include MC Lyte to announce the winner of the Partners in Rhyme National Casting Call.

Music by: DJ Kiss & M.O.S.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://abff.zoom.us/j/81480038171
Meeting ID: 814 8003 8171