The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and The American Black Film Festival (ABFF), #ABFFBackToTheBeach, announced its return in the historical all-black community of Overtown, in Miami, at the Historic Lyric Theater. In attendance was the City of Miami’s Commissioner for Overtown, Keon Hardemon and representatives from the GMCVB.
This annual destination event will be exclusively held in South Beach this year, from June 15th to June 19th. The event will take place at the Ritz Carlton located on the famous Lincoln Road Mall, and it will be presented by HBO, stated on the ABFF site. According to ABFF, this year’s festival will focus on entertainment technology and initiatives to grow the number of women filmmakers. The American Black Film Festival brings an international audience of black artists, entertainment executives, creative writers, musicians and film industry professionals together on Greater Miami’s South Beach for the largest gathering of black talent in the film and television industry. ABFF acts as a premier black talent promoter for people who work both in front of and behind the camera.
The ABFF will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an exciting line-up of film screenings, schedule of events, and networking opportunities. This year marks the start of ABFF’s three-year commitment to host the film festival in Greater Miami, specifically on South Beach. The festival showcases entertainment content made by – and about – people of African descent. The festival presents narrative feature films, documentaries, short films and web originals to a worldwide audience hereby rewarding diverse filmmakers among their peers and bringing them exposure, along with, The Office of Film Entertainment, who supports and promotes the film and entertainment industry in Florida.
Film Life, Inc. and Black Enterprise are producers of the American Black Film Festival and ABFF Ventures. These organizations work, which is to stimulate mutual business growth and advancement in the event and entertainment industries. The event’s founder and CEO (Jeff Friday) created the ABFF in 1997. Mr. Friday believes that black artists deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts and this is why the festival is experiencing growth, generating sales, and gaining the attention of youth in film that want to jumpstart their careers. With a -three-year – commitment to the City of Miami, the ABFF festival will not only keep its current audience, but will also increase its awareness among the local film community and talent in Miami.