What’s Happening at ABFF This Year?

The “Best of the Festival” Awards at the 20th Anniversary of the American Black Film Festival on June 18, 2016 at the Loews Hotel in Miami Beach, FL, USA Photo by: Aaron J. / ABFF / RedCarpetImages.net

For the 21st Annual American Black Film Festival, the producers have put together some exciting new innovative programs and events. Check out what’s new!

Kicking off the festival on Wednesday, June 14 at the historic Olympia Theater, will be the worldwide premiere upcoming comedy Girls Trip, featuring Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah.

On Thursday, June 15, at the New World Center, guests can attend a “First Look” Q&A with Girls Trip actress Regina Hall, director Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man franchise, Barbershop: The Next Cut) and producer Will Packer (Ride Along and Think Like a Man franchises, Almost Christmas).

In addition to the best of black film and TV, the five-day festival will offer an innovative program with new experiences including, The Creators Summit, hosted by CAA, is an intensive program which provides diverse storytellers valuable insights into the process of pitching and developing film, television and web-based projects; The ABFF Careers in Entertainment Center is a three-day educational forum where festival partners (leading media companies, organization, union and guilds), host targeted workshops and tech talks to foster career development; and The Virtual Reality Experience will include a special screening of dynamic VR content, followed by talk backs with filmmakers and VR experts.

HBO, the festival’s founding and presenting sponsor, will be marking the 20th anniversary of the widely acclaimed HBO Short Film Competition at the festival on Thursday, June 15 at the Colony Theatre.

The closing night film at the festival will be the Tupac biopic, All Eyez On Me, from director Benny Boom, on Saturday, June 17 at Regal Cinemas.

“We are proud and excited to welcome back to Greater Miami and the Beaches this year’s edition of the ABFF!” said William D. Talbert, III, CDME, President & CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our ongoing partnership with the ABFF offers an excellent opportunity to share Miami’s rich diversity and many heritage neighborhoods such as seen in this year’s Oscar-winning film Moonlight, produced and written by exceptionally talented Miami filmmakers and playwright. Each year the ABFFs Community Day is highly anticipated as it provides locals and visitors an extraordinary opportunity to take part in ABFF programming. This year’s program will take place in Little Haiti, one of our community’s most vibrant heritage neighborhoods, at the Cultural Center. ABFF recognizes that our visitors are seeking the authenticity of heritage neighborhoods, and we, again, thank ABFF for creating this platform to celebrate the magic of film-making in our community.”

“2017 marks our twelfth year in Miami. The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) has been an amazing partner of the ABFF and I would like to personally thank Bruce Oros, William D. Talbert III, Rolando Aedo, Connie Kinnard and the entire GMCVB team for their partnership and dedication to sustaining multicultural tourism in the Miami area,” says Jeff Friday, CEO of ABFF Ventures.

Giving back to the community provides the perfect backdrop to the closing out of the American Black Film Festival. As part of Miami Film Month, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau is partnering with the ABFF to host a Community Day film screening event on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at the Little Haiti Culture Complex, located at 212 NE 59th Terrace in Miami. The event is free and open to the public.

Here is a list of festival events and ticket information: (Tickets go on sale NOW)

OPENING NIGHT (FILM & RECEPTION)
Wed, June 14
Opening Night Film| Olympia Theater, 144 E. Flagler St. |8:30 PM
Reception | River Yacht Club| 11:00 PM
$80

PANEL DISCUSSION: ABFF “FIRST LOOK”
Presented by MPAA & Universal Pictures
Thurs, June 15 | 12:00 PM
New World Center
$45

Technology & the Future of Entertainment Workshop
Presented by ASPiRE
Thurs, June 15 | 1:30 PM
The Betsy Hotel
$25

DECODING TECH: THE NEXT GENERATION OF STEAM
Presented by Google
Thurs, June 15 | 3:30 PM
The Betsy Hotel
$30

ABFF TALK SERIES “THE BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT” WITH MONA SCOTT YOUNG
Presented by Verizon
Thurs, June 15 | 5:00 PM
New World Center
$50

ABFF WHITE PARTY
Attire: White Miami Chic
Thurs, June 15 | 10:30 PM
Nikki Beach
$65

CELEBRITY SCENE STEALERS
Presented by TV One
Fri, June 16 | 12:00 PM
New World Center
$30

A Day in the Life of a Development Exec. (Comedy Central)/Talent Recruitment & Development at CNN,
presented by Turner
Fri, June 16 | 2:00 PM
The Betsy Hotel
$30

ABFF TALK SERIES “THE BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT” (Speaker TBD)
Presented by Verizon
Fri, June 16 | 5:00 PM
New World Center
$50

ABFF “COMEDY WINGS” COMPETITION
Sponsored by HBO & SIRIUS
Fri, June 17 | 9:00 PM
New World Center
Passholders Only

PANEL DISCUSSION: “THE NEW FACES OF TV”
Presented by American Airlines
Sat, June 17 | 12:00 PM
New World Center
$45

COMPOSING MUSIC FOR FILM & TV Workshop
Presented by ASCAP
Sat, June 17 | 3:30 PM
The Betsy Hotel
$30

ABFF TALK SERIES “THE BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT” (Speaker TBD)
Presented by Verizon
Sat, June 17 | 4:00 PM
New World Center
$50

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY
Sat, June 17 | 11:00 PM
The Paris Theater
$75

ABFF FILMMAKER AWARD PRESENTATION
Sun, June 18 | 10:00 AM
Loews Hotel
Passholders Only

ABFF COMMUNITY DAY
Sun, June 18 | 2:00PM – 7:00 PM
Little Haiti Culture Complex
Free to All

Click here for a complete festival schedule and to purchase passes, tickets for events, panels and screenings.

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