American Black Film Festival - 25 Year Anniversary - A WORLDWIDE DIGITAL EXPERIENCE - Watch FREE on ABFFPlay.com - November 3-28, 2021

SHOWCASING BLACK TALENT. DISCOVERING NEW VOICES.

In 1997, some ninety people convened in Acapulco for the very first ABFF. Our mission was to create a nexus of Black creatives to encourage, uplift and celebrate one another. Twenty-five years later, we stand as a leading film festival, bringing together movie enthusiasts, artists and filmmakers from around the world, cutting across an extraordinary range of stories, countries and cultures. It’s been an incredible journey!

While the festival is widely known for promoting what’s hot in Black film and television, our most significant work is to uplift new voices. We have supported and celebrated the talent of hundreds of artists over the years, including presentations of our very first ABFF Rising Star Award to Halle Berry in 1997 and the HBO Short Film Award to director Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) in 2011.

What began as an endeavor to showcase the work of African American filmmakers has grown into a global celebration of Black culture, pride and strength. Among our most esteemed accomplishments are the ABFF images and artifacts that the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has included in its permanent collection in Washington, D.C.

This year we are celebrating 25 years of ABFF storytelling and storytellers! Join us on ABFFPlay.com for an exciting and inspiring virtual experience: film and television premieres, panels, celebrity conversations, master classes and more, November 3-28.

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1st Rising Star Recipient Halle Berry
Classic Black Excellence: Isaac Hayes and Melvin Van Peebles
The Original Crew
Celebrating Morgan Freeman's Lifetime Achievement Award
Classic Black Excellence: Gordan Parks and Harry Belafonte
Bill Duke Schools an Acting Student
Kevin Hart Early On
Idris Elba on the Mic
A Tribute to Ruby Dee
The Miami Heat attends Kevin Hart's premiere
In Conversation with Laurence Fishburne
John Witherspoon Headlines Comedy Show
Morgan Freeman attends a Screening
The Very 1st HBO Short Film Competition Finalists
Backstage at the Best of the ABFF Awards

How to Watch

ABFF 2021 will be a “worldwide digital experience.” To watch the festival go to ABFFPlay.com. Registration is free and easy!

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OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Narrative Features
2021 FESTIVAL PARTNERS
FOUNDING SPONSORS
Warner Media, HBO®
PRESENTING SPONSORS
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Cadillac, Amazon Studios Prime Video
PREMIER SPONSORS
Comcast NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, American Airlines, ATT Dream in Black, Facebook, IMDb
OFFICIAL SPONSORS
ALLBLK, Disney Television Studios, HBO Max, City of Miami Beach, National Geographic, Netflix, Prudential, Starz, TBS, Variety, WarnerBros, Yahoo!
SUPPORTING SPONSORS
accenture, aspire, Morgan Stanley, MPA, OWN, Sephora
MEDIA PARTNERS
Black Information Network, the Grio, Rolling Out

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