Films

The American Black Film Festival screens dynamic content by and about people of African descent from around the world, with a total of six competitive and non-competitive sections summarized below.

Submissions Closed

CATEGORY ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA SUMMARY AWARD
Narrative Features Competition

Films in this section must be a U.S. festival premiere. If your film is not eligible, please submit to the World Showcase section.

Films must be a minimum of 72 minutes and have no TV, streaming or theatrical distribution.

Writer, director or producer must be person of African descent, or the film content must have a multicultural perspective. Age 18 and over only.

Competition is open to U.S. and international entries in the English language or containing English-language subtitles.

Films must have completed principal photography on or after April 1, 2019.

Submissions Closed

Jury Award - Best Narrative Feature (Prize: $5,000)

Jury Award - Best Director, Narrative Feature (Prize: $5,000)

Jury Award - Best Screenplay, Narrative Feature (Prize: $2,500)

Jury Award - Best International Narrative Feature (Prize: $2,500)

If a filmmaker's first feature film, eligible for the John Singleton Award for Best First Feature Film (Prize: $5,000)

Documentary Features Competition

Films in this section must be a U.S. festival premiere. If your film is not eligible, please submit to the World Showcase section.

Films must be a minimum of 60 minutes and have no TV, streaming or theatrical distribution.

Writer, director or producer must be person of African descent, or the film content must have a multicultural perspective. Age 18 and over only.

Competition is open to U.S. and international entries in the English language or containing English-language subtitles.

Films must have completed principal photography on or after April 1, 2019.

Submissions Closed

Jury Award - Best Documentary (Prize: $5,000)

HBO® Short Film Competition

Films must have a 20-minute maximum runtime inclusive of credits, may not have been submitted previously and have no TV, streaming or theatrical distribution.

Films must have been directed by a person of African descent, age 18 years or older.

Competition is open to U.S. and international entries in the English language or containing English-language subtitles.

Films must have completed principal photography on or after April 1, 2019.

Submissions Closed

HBO Short Film Award (Grand Prize $10,000)

Runners up (Cash Prize $5,000 each)

Web Series

Webisodes must have a 10-minute maximum runtime inclusive of credits.

Webisodes must have been directed by a person of African descent, age 18 years or older.

Competition is open to U.S. and international entries in the English language or containing English-language subtitles.

Webisodes must have completed principal photography on or after April 1, 2019.

Submissions Closed

Jury Award - Best Web Series (Prize: $2,500)

ABFF Pride

Films must be up to 30 minutes and have no TV, streaming or theatrical distribution, and represent the LGBTQIA experience.

Films must have been directed, and/or produced by a person of African descent, age 18 years or older.

Films must be in the English language or containing English-language subtitles.

Films must have completed principal photography on or after April 1, 2019.

Submissions Closed

Non-competitive

World Showcase

Films must be between 3 and 90 minutes and have no TV, streaming or theatrical distribution.

Films must have been directed, written, and/or produced by a person of African descent, age 18 years or older.

Films must be in the English language or containing English-language subtitles.

Films must have completed principal photography on or after April 1, 2019.

Submissions Closed

Non-competitive