2024 American Black Film Festival Announces This Year’s Best of ABFF Winners

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Miami Beach, FL, (June 15, 2024) – The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) today announced winners of the 2024 Best of the ABFF Awards, the premiere award ceremony honoring storytelling from the next generation of Black filmmakers.

Hosted by three-time Emmy-nominated actor and author Dondré Whitfield, the festival presented winners in the official film selection categories – narrative and documentary features, series and the 27th HBO Short Film Award Showcase, This year’s festival, which takes place live in Miami Beach June 12-16, followed by an online segment June 17-24 on ABFF PLAY (https://abffplay.com/), spotlights incredible emerging creatives in the filmmaking space.

“This year’s Best of ABFF Awards represent a wildly impressive array of emerging Black talent and we are thrilled to share their work with our attendees,” said NICE CROWD President Nicole Friday. “We are delighted to welcome Huriyyah Muhammad, one of the five Black female directors from this year’s HBO Short Film Award Showcase, to the esteemed group of artists like Ryan Coogler, Reinaldo Marcus Green, Rashaad Ernesto Green, Frank E. Flowers, and Steven Caple, Jr., who have won this honor over the 27 years we have been doing this program.”

The 2024 Jury Award winners are:

Best Narrative Feature – Peripheral, Directed by Sulayman Tahir, Written by Sulayman Tahir & Jordan Tortorello
Presented by Walmart, $2500 cash prize

Best Actor – Vince Washington (Young King)
Presented by Ally Financial, $2500 cash prize

Best Director – Coke Daniels (The Waterboyz)
Presented by Cadillac, $5000 cash prize

Best Documentary – Train: The Dick Night Tran Lane Story, Directed by Eric “Ptah” Herbert
($2500 cash prize)

Best Series – Unsolicited, Written by: Barshea Lowery, Produced by: Barshea Lowery, Aysia Moore, Chazitear Martin
Presented by Comcast NBCUniversal | Black Experience on Xfinity, $2500 cash prize

HBO Short Film Award Showcase Winner – Chocolate With Sprinkles,
Written and Directed by Huriyyah Muhammad

Presented by HBO and Warner Bros. Discovery, $10,000 cash prize

For festival information, including media credentials and how to obtain an ABFF pass, visit www.abff.com. Follow @ABFF on Twitter and @AmericanBlackFilmFestival on Instagram and Facebook.

Since its inception, the highly anticipated American Black Film Festival has premiered the work and supported the careers of many of today’s most successful filmmakers, actors, writers and stand-up comedians and is recognized as a standard-bearer of excellence for Black creativity. Continuing its legacy to empower Black artists and showcase a wide range of entertainment content will feature studio premieres, independent films, master classes, panels, talent showcases, networking and hospitality events.

ABFF sponsors and partners to date are Warner Bros. Discovery and HBO® (Founding), Cadillac, Comcast NBCUniversal, Walmart, Ally (Presenting), City of Miami Beach, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), Sony Pictures Entertainment, TV One Networks, American Airlines, IMDbPro, Meta, Onyx Collective, Pronghorn (Official), Amazon MGM Studios, Miami Beach Visitors and Convention Authority (MBVCA), Motion Picture Association (MPA), New World Symphony, STARZ, Fulton Films, Procter & Gamble, Northwestern Mutual (Supporting), A&E Network, Getty Images, NYFA, GLAAD, WME, Digital Media Systems, Netflix, Planned Parenthood (Industry), Variety, LA Times (Media).

NICE CROWD, formerly ABFF Ventures, is a Los Angeles-based live events company that develops and produces properties in the arts, entertainment, lifestyle and wellness industries that showcase BIPOC culture and talent. The Company’s tentpole event is the American Black Film Festival, founded in 1997.

To learn more about NICE CROWD events, visit www.nicecrowd.com.

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