Film Life, Inc has set dates for the 19th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF), which will take place in New York City, running from June 11-14, 2015, at the New York Hilton Midtown and AMC Empire 25 Theater.
The four-day festival is expanding its programming to include a TV Writers Workshop, Network Expo, and case studies of popular current television shows.
“With the renewed prestige of mainstream television and the proliferation of multi-platform distribution, the ABFF will now feature more television-related content that networks can draw on to connect with and promote programming to African American viewers,” said Jeff Friday, founder and CEO. “The festival hopes to attract new broadcast partners – network, television and Internet – who are strongly committed to speaking to a diverse audience.”
HBO returns as the festival’s founding sponsor.
“HBO is proud to be the Founding Sponsor of the ABFF and of our deep partnership with Jeff and his team over the 18 years of continued support. HBO has the privilege to work with the best creative talent and our support of the ABFF via the HBO Short Film Competition and Comedy Wings has introduced us to a new generation of emerging talent – many of whom will use this festival as a springboard for successful careers in our industry,” said Dennis Williams, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility.
Submissions and registration for the 2015 event begin on December 5, 2014 at www.abff.com.