ABFF salutes top in entertainment

(Last Updated On: June 29, 2016)

Photo credit: ABFF

Miama, Florida was the destination spot for this year’s American Black Film Festival (ABFF).  Held June 15-19, this year’s event celebrated the ABFF’s 20th year of bringing awareness to a diverse selection of short films, narratives, documentaries and webisodes.  The five-day festival celebrated the creative works and content made by and about people of African descent, fulfilling the organization’s belief that Black artists deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts.

From Cedric The Entertainer taking the stage in the Comedy Wings competition to a sit down dialogue with Nate Parker as the “Birth of A Nation” director, writer and actor shared his thoughts with Star Jones on the value of African Americans showcasing their “own stories” to A Conversation With Common,  moderated by NewsOne Now’s Roland S. Martin, there was something for everyone at the 20th Annual ABFF.

Festival goers not only had the opportunity to enjoy the screening of this year’s creative projects, they had the opportunity to hear insights from Bishop TD Jakes as the prolific preacher shared his thoughts on Faith, Film and TV as well as listen to insights shared at the Black Women in Hollywood ABFF Initiative, moderated by Soledad O’Brien.

“We are more than honored to have had the opportunity to serve the community of diverse artists and creators over the past twenty years. We are encouraged that the industry has awakened to the power of inclusion. We salute all of our partners who have sustained us over our journey, with special thanks to founding sponsor HBO and this year’s presenting sponsors Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, TV One, Cadillac and McDonald’s. Through their support we have been able to realize goals that 20 years ago we could only dream.”

~ Jeff Friday, ABFF Founder


Below is a list of the 2016 winners:

Grand Jury Award for Best Screenplay
presented by Time Warner
Tahir Jetter – HOW TO TELL YOU’RE A DOUCHEBAG

Director: Tahir Jetter | Writer: Tahir Jetter | Producers: Julius Pryor, Marttise Hill, Tahir Jetter | Cast: Charles Brice, DeWanda Wise, Jenna Williams, William Jackson Harper, Tonye Patano, Alexander Mulzac

Cory Hardrict
Grand Jury Award for Best Actor
Cory Hardrict – DESTINED

Writer/Director: Qasim Basir | Producers: Tommy Oliver, Rick Rosenthal, Matt Ratner | Cast: Cory Hardrict, Jesse Metcalfe, Margot Bingham, Robert Christopher Riley, Zulay Henao, Jason Dohring, Mo McRae, La La Anthony, Hill Harper, James McCaffrey, Curtiss Cook

Qasim Basir
Grand Jury Award for Best Director
presented by Cadillac
Qasim Basir – DESTINED

Writer/Director: Qasim Basir | Producers: Tommy Oliver, Rick Rosenthal, Matt Ratner | Cast: Cory Hardrict, Jesse Metcalfe, Margot Bingham, Robert Christopher Riley, Zulay Henao, Jason Dohring, Mo McRae, La La Anthony, Hill Harper, James McCaffrey, Curtiss Cook

Aaron Greer and Seth Panitch
Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature Film
presented by Prudential
SERVICE TO MAN – produced by Aaron Greer and Seth Panitch

Directors: Aaron Greer, Seth Panitch | Writer: Seth Panitch | Producers: Aaron Greer, Seth Panitch | Cast: Morgan Auld, Christopher Livingston, Lamman Rucker, Keith David

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HBO Short Film Award Winner
FLOWERS – written and directed Nikyatu Jusu and Yvonne M. Shirley

Directors: Nikyatu Jusu, Yvonne M. Shirley | Writers: Nikyatu Jusu, Yvonne M. Shirley | Producers: Nikyatu Jusu, Yvonne M. Shirley | Cast: Amee Apedo, Belle LeGrand, Grant Tambellini

Kelcy Griffin
Star Project Winner
presented by NBC
Kelcy Griffin

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McDonald’s “My Community” Video Competition Winner
BE THE SEED – directed by Tyshun Wardlaw

N’Zuri Za Austin
TV ONE Screenplay Competition Winner
TALE OF A SCRIPT – written by N’Zuri Za Austin

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Best Web Original
presented by Comcast Xfinity
2 SELF HELP BOOKS AWAY FROM BEING PERFECT – written and created by Kimberly Young, directed by Lopez Williams

Director: Lopez Williams | Writer/Creator: Kimberly Young | Producers: Lopez Williams, Kimberly Young, Morris Young, Richard Monroe, Lori Stewart Tannis, Sam Baumel | Cast: Kimberly Young, DJ Cipha Sounds, Nate Gill, Carmen Lynch, Sharron Paul, Jourdan Guyton, Jared Prudoff-Smith, Lauren Besser, Gibran Saleem, Godfrey Taylor, Jr., Sue Berch

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The Best of Festival Audience Award
presented by BET Networks
THE FIX – produced by Paris Bauldwin, Kenny Lofton and Brenton Early

Director: Paris Bauldwin | Writer: Paris Bauldwin | Producers: Paris Bauldwin, Kenny Lofton, Brenton Earley | Cast: Meta Golding, Eric Roberts, Asia Queen, Nicole Steinwedell, Blaine Gray, Jeremy Suarez, Sean O’Bryan, Timon Kyle Durrett, Jeremy Luke

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Best Documentary
presented by Hennessy
DADDY DON’T GO – produced by Emily Abt, Keryn Thompson, Suzette Burton, Omar Epps, Malik Yoba

Director: Emily Abt, Andrew Osborne | Writer: Emily Abt | Producers: Emily Abt, Keryn Thompson, Suzette Burton, Omar Epps, Malik Yoba

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ABFF salutes top in entertainment