The 19th annual American Black Film Festival will take place in New York City for the second year in a row, running from June 11 to 14, 2015, organizers have announced. The event will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown and AMC Empire 25 Theater, with HBO returning as the founding sponsor.
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."
The festival has drawn a number of celebrity attendees over the years, including Morris Chestnut, JB Smoove and others.
Filmmakers and cinephiles interested in participating in the festival can submit their projects and register starting December 5, 2014, at www.abff.com.
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