ABFF announces 2020 dates and calls for submissions

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(Last Updated On: September 27, 2019)

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ABFF Returns to Miami Beach June 17-21, 2020 with Presenting Sponsor, The Greater Miami Conventions & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB)

Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 27, 2019 – The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) announced its 24th annual Festival will return to Miami June 17-21, 2020. Since its inception in 1997, ABFF has been a platform for emerging artists and a pipeline for showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. Submissions for the 2020 Festival are now open in four categories: Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Web Series, World Showcase and Social Impact Showcase. Winners will be awarded at the Festival’s Best of ABFF Awards presentation on Saturday, June 20.

ABFF will continue its tradition of curating a program that unites storytellers of color, as well as creating unique experiences for attendees with more than seventy events including celebrity conversations, panels, masterclasses, spotlight screenings, community partnerships, and hospitality lounges. Filmmakers also have the opportunity to connect with some of the most influential film and television professionals in the industry during the five-day event.  

The American Black Film Festival has been helmed a “top Festival” by reputable media outlets, including One of the Coolest Festivals in the World by MovieMake Magazine10 Best Film Festivals by USA TodayTop 100 Events in Miami by BizBash Magazine and One of the Best Events Around the World by PROHBTD. The Festival’s dynamic program continues to evolve and next year, it will expand to include the John Singleton Award for Best First Feature Film, one of ABFF founding advisory board members; and “ABFF Fit,” the Festival’s new health and wellness initiative.

The 2019 Festival featured a slate of diverse films, including Jury Award winner for Best Director and Best Narrative Feature “Jezebel” written and directed by Numa Perrier; Audience Award winner for Best Narrative Feature “All In,” directed by Ibrahim Yilla and produced by Kia Freeman, Gregory Freeman, Tressa Azarel Smallwood, and Audrea Topps-Harjo;  Jury Award winner for Best Web Series “Little Apple” written and directed by Riley S. Wilson; Jury Award winner for Best Screenplay “Strive,” written by Piper Dellums and Sha-Risse Smith; and Jury Award winner for Best Documentary “One Child Left Behind: The Untold Atlanta Cheating Scandal,” directed by Jodi Gomes. 
 In 2020, participants will compete for the following awards:
 Jury Award – Best Narrative Feature  
Jury Award – Best Director, Narrative Feature 
Jury Award – Best Screenplay, Narrative Feature     
Jury Award – Best Actor, Narrative Feature              
John Singleton Award – Best First Feature
Jury Award – Best Documentary Film
Jury Award – Best Web Series
Submission deadline information below:  
Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature
Early Submission Deadline                                December 31, 2019
Regular Submission Deadline                            February 1, 2020

Web Series
Regular Submission Deadline                            January 31, 2020

World Showcase and Social Impact Showcase
Regular Submission Deadline                            January 24, 2020 
 For complete submission criteria and eligibility, visit www.abff.com/submissions.  Festival passes are also on sale now at www.abff.com.

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ABFF announces 2020 dates and calls for submissions