Written By: AbsolutViolette
Yesterday the 20th annual installment of the American Black Film Festival kicked off on Miami Beach. Running until Sunday, June 19th, the festival was the response of Jeff Friday attending the Sundance Film Festival and not seeing black people represented. So rather than complain about it, he did something about it; and 20 years later, it has grown tremendously.
The festival now also focuses on TV and offers workshops on various subjects like acting, screenwriting and TV hosting. Panel discussions held by different actors and producers will also take place.
The categories that films have a chance to nab a win in are: Narrative Features, World Showcase, Shorts Documentaries, and Web Originals; and one of the projects making a buzz are the film “Destined” starring Cory Hardrict who plays two characters. In parallel worlds, Hardrict is an architect in one, and a drug dealer in the other.
If you’re planning to attend in person, take advantage of the Black Enterprise events app to stay updated on what’s going on. However if you’re on the west coast and not able to attend, don’t fret, a mini version of the festival, “ABFF Encore at BET Experience” will be taking place in partnership with BET June 24-26 at L.A. Live. To buy your tickets to the ABFF Encore at BET Experience, head to BETExperience.com