MIA Magazine 2018 American Black Film Festival - Page 4

4BB AN INDEPENDENT SUPPLEMENT BY MIA MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS GROUP WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2018 ABFF Designed to Connect, Celebrate Black Excellence in Film and Television By Zach Rinkins For many well-informed Competition, and “Best of the ABFF” outlets. won the HBO Short Film Award for his entertainment insiders and aspiring Awards Presentation. Guests can also “We just introduced this new series film “FIG” in 2011. In 2018, Coogler’s creatives, summer begins in Miami Beach unwind at the opening night party on called the ‘Business of Entertainment’. It highly acclaimed third theatrical release with the American Black Film Festival. June 13, the White Party on June 14, and is a nine-part career development series “Black Panther” joined the exclusive From June 13-17, thousands of the “It’s So Miami” closing night party on for people who want to transition into listing of films exceeding $1 billion in box attendees and celebrities will convene at June 16. office receipts. film.” the Loews Hotel, located at 1601 Collins The festival also includes Beyond the lights, cameras, and Friday identified access at ABFF as a Avenue, to network, consume exclusive numerous networking events and panel action, ABFF is a dynamic critical component of personal and content, and gain insights from industry discussions with Cadillac shuttles multi-purpose platform with an equal professional success. veterans. ABFF creator Jeff Friday works transporting attendees from various “Access is important,” he emphasis placed on entertainment, as a conductor of sorts to ensure all programming locations. continued. “We developed this festival education, and business. components of this like a conference. multi-faceted When you buy a extravaganza work in festival badge, you harmony. have access to all “I started this festival events until festival 22 years ago the venue meets with a vision of capacity. You can getting look at the schedule African-American and select your people together to adventure.” celebrate film, After an television, and 11-month marathon content about us,” vetting of more than Friday revealed. “I 4,000 video always knew that we submissions, were a community of identifying program people that did not partnerships, have enough planning festival showcases like this or panels, and soliciting enough organizations sponsors, Friday said, that supported “ABFF is diversity in 100-percent about Hollywood.” the people. You Festival goers can don’t have to be catch celebrities such Black to come to as “Power’s” Omari ABFF. Everyone can Hardwick, “Queen celebrate Black Sugar’s” Kofi Siriboe, culture. You don’t and Hip-Hop legend ABFF Ventures CEO Jeff Friday (far right) joins Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis (ABFF's 2018 Celebrity Ambassador) and Issa Rae for have to be Black to Rev. Run passing watch the NBA. The the Spotlight Screening of the Season 2 premiere of "Insecure," July 2017, South Beach. through halls while NBA is essentially heading to their Black people “We are celebrating ourselves,” Friday “We’ve found that there are a lot of events. entertaining the world. Black culture is added. “Every year ABFF gives us the people of color who don’t have This year, the festival will world culture,” added Friday, who said it opportunity to pause and celebrate Black connections in Hollywood,” Friday showcase screenings of “Superfly” from is his goal for the ABFF to continue to people and Black culture as a whole. Over shared. “There is really no academic path Sony Pictures, “Whitney,” produced by entertain, inspire, and empower revelers the past 22 years, many people have come to becoming an executive in Hollywood. Roadside Attractions, and clips from for generations to come. through our festivals. They’ve gone to We are really trying to close the loop BET’s upcoming television movie “The become successful in this business. I am between talented Black people and studios Bobby Brown Story.” really proud of what we’ve been able to and networks,” added Friday, while ABFF’s interactive programming do.” touting support from content partners includes the 21st Annual HBO Short Find out more at For some, ABFF can seem including NBC, Sony, HBO, BET, Film Competition, Celebrity Scene www.ABFF.com. magical. It’s where a young Ryan Coogler OWN, and Disney, among other Stealers, ABFF “Comedy Wings”