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20-Apr-2014 1:31am PDT  


American Black Film Festival

18 Annual June 19, 2014 to June 22, 2014

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P.O. Box 1975
New York NY 10113
Phone: 646 922 8129 ext 10
Fax: 646 922 8130

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Features
(Live Action or Animation)
HBO Short Film Competition
The HBO Short Film Competition is one of the most prestigious short film competitions in the United States of America. Five films are annually selected to compete for the HBO Short Film Award.
An episode of content typically featuring a serial storyline created for the Web, that collectively is part of a Web series.

The ABFF (American Black Film Festival) is a four-day event dedicated to showcasing quality films by and about people of African descent. It is the preeminent pipeline to new Black talent in front of and behind the camera, and is regarded as one of the leading film festivals in the world.

Each year the ABFF commissions a screening committee to evaluate all film submissions based on the following criteria:

world premiere status/limited screening history preferred
artistic and technical merit (script, direction, acting, production value, uniqueness etc.)

Committed to the belief that Black content creators and artists 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 film and television industry.

Since its inception, the ABFF’s film program has provided a platform for more than 700 narrative feature, short and documentary films, offering a consistent means to reward and encourage artistic excellence. Alumni success stories range from veteran producers Will Packer (Think Like A Man) and Roger M. Bobb (Raising Izzie) to young auteur Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) – testimony to the festival’s mission to introduce and connect talented newcomers to the industry at large.

In addition, the ABFF offers a wide variety of events and networking activities, designed to foster career development and inspire festival attendees. These opportunities include panels, celebrity conversations, master classes, talent showcases and career forums co-programmed with leading media companies and studios (such as HBO, Fox Searchlight Pictures, NBCUniversal, Nickelodeon and CNN). Entertainment and exclusive social events round out the ABFF experience. The festival annually attracts a core audience of artists, entertainment executives, A-list celebrities and upscale film enthusiasts.

The American Black Film Festival is produced by Film Life, Inc., a multifaceted entertainment company founded in 2001 by its CEO, Jeff Friday. The 18th annual ABFF will be held in New York City, June 19-22, 2014.

Jazmin Washington (Assistant to the Founder & CEO) ; Jeff Friday (Founder & CEO) ; Melanie Sharee (Sr. Director of Programming)


- Electronic Press Kit inclusive of film's synopsis, key crew bios etc.
- Upload Film online via Withoutabox only
- Entry fee payment


- Minimum running time of 72 minutes for narrative features, 45 minutes for documentaries and maximum running times of 20 minutes for shorts and 7 minutes for webisodes

- Films must have been completed post January 1, 2013

- Films must be written, produced or directed by a person of African descent, feature a person of African descent in a leading role

- Films must not have had any commercial theatrical or television play or broadcast on the internet and must not have distribution

- Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for festival presentation


American Black Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless American Black Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.