American Black Film Festival celebrates 20th anniversary

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(Last Updated On: June 14, 2016)

It’s that exciting time of the year again, the entertainment industry’s most prominent Black entertainers will attend the 20th anniversary of the American Black Film Festival in Miami, Fla., June 15-19.

The American Black Film Festival (ABFF),  a 4-day event typically held in the month of June, is dedicated to showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent.

The festival is committed to the belief that Black artists and content creators deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts.  ABFF founder Jeff Friday, conceived the festival in 1997 as a vehicle to promote diversity in the motion picture industry, and strengthen the Black filmmaking community through resource sharing, education, artistic collaboration and career development.

In a candid interview with Ebony Magazine Jeff Friday stated, “It seems that content creators, studios [and] networks don’t acknowledge the African-American and Hispanic audiences, how much [media] we consume and the fact we are still getting crumbs. Hollywood has a lot of institutional biases. They’re still largely in control of our stories, and a lot goes missing.” Today, the ABFF is recognized as the preeminent pipeline to new Black talent, both in front of and behind the camera, and is regarded as one of the leading film festivals in the world.

The stars will shine bright, and the events will be undoubtedly entertaining. Some of this year’s attendees include: musician and actor Common, hosting as celebrity ambassador; actor Omari Hardwick, who will serve as jury president; Gabrielle Union of “Being Mary Jane”; film producer Will Packer; actor Nate Parker, and his highly anticipated debut as a director for the film, “The Birth of A Nation”; and actor Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, also premiering a private viewing of their new movie, “Central Intelligence”. This will certainly be a star studded 4-day event to remember.

Empower Magazine Houston is more than ecstatic to cover such an influential event. We serve as an entertainment and community interest publication that is produced online and in print. We offer a wealth of information designed to inspire and uplift the entrepreneurial spirit with information on the latest business insights and trends.

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American Black Film Festival celebrates 20th anniversary