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Black Film Festival Moves to Miami

11 Feb, 2002 By: Hive News

The 6th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is accepting submissions. The deadline for entries is April 5 for Short Films and April 19 for Feature Length Films.

For information on eligibility requirements in all categories, directors, producers and writers can visit www.abff.com after Feb. 19.

The event supporting the independent Black filmmaking community will be held June 26 to 30 in South Beach, Miami, Fla., moving north from Acapulco, Mexico.

"As we strive toward making the American Black Film Festival one of the premier industry events, we determined a domestic location would encourage greater participation, help us attract a multicultural audience, provide state-of-the-art facilities and build stronger alliances with Hollywood film studios," said Jeff Friday, president and CEO of Film Life Inc. and ABFF Director.

With the mission of redefining, discovering and honoring artistic excellence in Black cinema, ABFF provides a platform for Black filmmakers and attracts an annual attendance of more than 1,500 people. The five-day festival includes competitive film showcases in feature film and short film categories, workshops and panel discussions. Participants and honorees in the past five years have included Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Morgan Freeman, John Singleton, Pam Grier, Debbie Allen, Robert Townsend and Suzanne de Passe.

Founded in 1997 by Byron Lewis Sr., Chairman and CEO of UniWorld Group Inc., the American Black Film Festival is presented jointly by Film Life Inc. and UniWorld Group Inc. Home Box Office is the founding sponsor of the event and presenter of the Short Film competition.

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