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Exclusive: Film Life Announces ABFF Hollywood Awards Launch – Set For 2014

Exclusive: Film Life Announces ABFF Hollywood Awards Launch - Set For 2014

Film Life has announced the launch of The ABFF Hollywood Awards, an

online platform created by the American Black film Festival, to recognize the work of people of African descent in the film industry, as well as outstanding films portraying the varied experiences of Black people nationally. 

The participatory ABFF Hollywood Awards was created to give audiences a chance to determine

their favorite Black films and performances of the year, as well as to draw attention to Black cinema

during annual Hollywood’s awards season.


The 2014 winners will be revealed in a 5-minute “web show” scheduled to broadcast on at the close of Black History Month on Friday, February 28th, with comedian Chris Spencer (Executive Producer/Creator of BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood) hosting. 

The online event will feature Spencer tracking down each winner to present their Award trophy, as well as capture their acceptance speech.

“Over the past 17 years, the ABFF’s supporters have been the most committed to Black cinema.

We created The ABFF Hollywood Awards to give them a voice. We typically don’t have much

opportunity to support our artists during the annual award season, and this provides that outlet

for us,” said Jeff Friday, ABFF founder and CEO of Film Life, Inc.

The nominees in eleven categories – Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Best

Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Ensemble Cast, Breakthrough

Performance, Artist of the Year, Film of the Year and Studio of the Year – will be selected by a

blue-ribbon jury of film critics and industry professionals. 

Winners will be

selected by the general public, including the 90,000+ ABFF alumni around the world. Public

voting goes live on January 13 through January 24, at

The Awards and Film Festival are a part of the ABFF brand’s global initiative to showcase Black

artists, stories and culture to a broader audience, promoting its universal appeal.

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