The American Black Film Festival

The American Black Film Festival is a four-day event dedicated to showcasing stories by and about people of African descent. Join us for the nation’s largest gathering of Black film & TV enthusiasts in New York City, June 11-14, 2015. Four days of films, panels, parties and more…from the star-studded opening night screening to the closing “Best of the ABFF” Awards Ceremony.

The American Black Film Festival

Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 11

Presented by the Walter Kaitz Foundation
A one-day career forum bringing together diverse creative talent with executives from cable’s creative and business community to meet, greet, learn and exchange ideas. To apply visit: http://www.walterkaitz.org/the-hollywood-creative-forum

Festival Registration Center Red Carpet Arrivals Festival Welcome

DOPE (New York Premiere)
Opening Night Film courtesy of Open Road Films
Hosted by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Appearances by writer/director Rick Famuyiwa & cast members Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Chanel Iman, Blake Anderson and Quincy Brown

Opening Night “Old School Hip Hop” Party

One hour bar hosted by MillersCoors Music by DJ D-Nice
Performance by Doug E Fresh

Master Class: Writing for Television led by Karen Horne,

(Separate Ticket Required)
Presented by Time Warner Foundation & the ABFF Foundation

NBC TV Hosting Workshop

(private event for 20 pre-selected candidates)

Festival Registration Center

 

Friday, June 12

Film Screenings: Narrative, Documentary, Shorts, Spotlight & Webisode sections

Master Class: Fundamentals of Independent Film Production Instructor: Roger Bobb
Presented by Time Warner Foundation & the ABFF Foundation

A Conversation with Taraji P. Henson

Presented by American Airlines
Moderated by Gayle King
Get up close and personal with ABFF’s 2015 Ambassador, Academy Award nominee actress Taraji P. Henson.

Runaway Island (World Premiere)
Courtesy of TV One
Spotlight Screening followed by Talkback with Director Diane Houston, and cast members: Lorraine Toussaint, Aisha Hines and Thomas Jones.

Master Class: Actor’s Workshop
Instructor: Tasha Smith
Presented by Time Warner Foundation & the ABFF Foundation

In My Father’s House (New York Premiere)

Courtesy of Walmart
Spotlight Screening with Talkback to follow

The Men of TNT

Presented by TNT
An uncensored, all-in conversation with the riveting men starring in TNT’s summer of drama: Joe Morton from the spellbinding series Proof, Charles Parnell and Jocko Sims from last summer’s epic hit The Last Ship, and Ruben Santiago-Hudson from Edward Burns’ 1960s vice drama Public Morals.

Concierge Passholder Dinner

Presented by Rhythm One
Bar compliments by Moet Hennessy

An Unexpected History: The Story of Hennessy and
African Americans
Presented by Moet Hennessy
Spotlight Screening followed by Talkback and Private Reception

ABFF “Comedy Wings” Pre-Show Mixer

Presented by and bar compliments of Redd’s Apple Ale

ABFF “Comedy Wings” Competition Finals

Presented by HBO
A night of big laughs as four finalists perform to see who will win the 2015 title as “funniest new comic.”

ABFF Night Cap Mixer

Presented by The Swirl Group

 

Saturday, June 13

 

NBC TV Hosting Workshop

(private event for 20 pre-selected candidates)

Crowdfunding Workshop for Filmmakers

Hosted by Seed and Spark and presented by the Time Warner Foundation ABFF Passholders Only

Festival Registration Center

The Life of a Showrunner

Presented by Prudential Financial Services – New Faces of Wealth Hear what goes on behind the scenes from the creators, producers and writers of some of the top shows on television. Janine Sherman Barrois (Criminal Minds), Chris Spencer (Real Husbands of Hollywood) and Mara Brock Akil & Salim Akil (Being Mary Jane).

Film Screenings: Narrative, Documentary, Short, Spotlight & Webisode sections

American Airlines Passholder Lounge

Presented by American Airlines
An exclusive area for ABFF passholders to network and experience American Airlines’ brand of hospitality.

Television & Media Expo

A two-day event where networks and broadcasters showcase their programs and diversity initiatives. Free Public event with ticket.

The Concierge Passholder Lounge

Sponsored by Walmart
Influencer Meet & Greet 5:45 pm to 6:15 pm

TV One Presents Celebrity Scene Stealers

Presented by TV One
Cast members of TV’s Original Movie “Runaway Island” and other celebrities perform scenes from TV One’s First Annual Screenplay Competition.

“ABFF Independent” Season 4 Premiere hosted by David Banner

Presented by Aspire
Spotlight Screening followed by Talkback

“How to Create and Monetize a Successful Web Series”
Presented by Comcast-NBCUniversal
The creators behind some of the Web’s most popular shows, Issa Rae (The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl), Numa Perrier and Dennis Dortch (Blackandsexy.tv) and Andrea Lewis (Black Actress) share tips on how to take your web show to the next level.

McDonald’s Lovin’ Video Contest Premiere Screening
Spotlight screening followed by a Q&A with the three competition finalists

Directed by Tasha Smith
Out of Competition screening followed by a Q&A

“Hot in Hollywood”
Presented by Cadillac
A panel of talented young artists credited with groundbreaking work in film and television talk Hollywood. Guest speakers
to be announced.

18th Annual HBO Short Film Competition

Hosted by Bevy Smith
Come see the work of, and meet five, talented new filmmakers hoping to breakout like ABFF Alumni Ryan Cooger (Creed, Fruitvale Station).

Festival Registration Center ABFF Portrait Studio

Presented by McDonald’s

Film Screenings: Narrative, Documentary, Short, Spotlight & Webisode sections

Empire Talks Back: Inside the Writers Room

Presented by the FOX | HBCU Media Alliance
Be a part of the conversation! Join the creators that walk the walk, and talk the talk, on the most powerful and groundbreaking show on television.

American Airline Passholder Lounge

Presented by American Airlines
An exclusive area for ABFF passholders to network and experience American Airlines’ brand of hospitality.

Television & Media Expo

A two-day event where networks and broadcasters showcase their programs and diversity initiatives. Free public event with ticket.

The Concierge Passholder Lounge

Presented by Walmart
Influencer Meet & Greet 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Inside Black-ish
Presented by Macy’s
Join writer/creator Kenya Barris and star Tracee Ellis Ross for a candid talk about the first season and what’s next for this groundbreaking show.

ABFF Remembers: “Boyz in The Hood”

Spotlight Screening/Followed by a Q&A with Director John Singleton Presented by Turner Classic Movies

Sunday, June 14

DOPE (Encore Screening)

Courtesy of Open Road Films

“The Best of the ABFF” Awards Ceremony”

Presented by Cadillac
A star-studded awards ceremony where the official selection filmmakers and talent contest winners are honored alongside actress Jenifer Lewis, the 2015 ABFF Career Achievement Award recipient. Hosted by Chris Spencer.

Post Awards Reception

Hosted by Walmart
Bar compliments of Moet Hennessy