The 2018 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) wrapped another successful year of screenings, red carpet events, panels and competitions to a sold-out group of attendees. The event took place in Miami Beach, Florida from June 13-17th.
This year’s celebrity ambassador was actor, Jay Ellis. We were able to discuss the importance of ABFF for young actors, directors, and producers. He explained how ABFF has helped a lot of big names in the business at the starting point of their careers. Ellis even explained how he is still learning things from the festival he didn’t know as a new producer.
Sony Pictures and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) presented the opening night screening of Superfly at the historic Fillmore Theater, where attendees had a chance to mix and mingle before viewing the film. ABFF Ventures founder and CEO, Jeff Friday welcomed the crowd, along with this year’s celebrity ambassador, Jay Ellis, while the entire cast–Trevor Jackson, Big Boi, Rick Ross, Future, Jason Mitchell, Michael K. Williams, Jacob Latimore–and Director X introduced the film.
Additional films that screened throughout the festival included Universal Pictures’ The First Purge, starring Y’lan Noel (Insecure) and Lex Scott Davis (Tales); BET showcased clips from The Bobby Brown Story starring Woody McClain and Laz Alonso; TNT’s Claws, starring Niecy Nash and Karrueche Tran; Whitney, the documentary on the life of the late icon Whitney Houston and HBO surprised the audience with the premiere of the new series, Random Acts of Flyness. Each screening was immediately followed by a Q&A session with members of the cast.
At the Loews Miami Beach, there were several company activations for attendees to experience: Cadillac’s VR Lounge welcomed festival goers to come and build the first-ever XT4 Sport crossover with an immersive virtual reality experience, as well as have the opportunity to receive a limited edition 2018 ABFF T-Shirt. A number of ABFF sponsors hosted events at the ABFF Industry Expo, including TV One’s meet and greet with the cast of Down for Whatever and actors from ATL Homicide; Comcast Xfinity’s exhibit celebrated Black Music Month with a special celebrity meet and greet featuring TV and music stars, Ryan Destiny, Jacob Latimore and the cast of The First Purge; visitors of the Planned Parenthood Federation Of America exhibit learned more about incorporating accurate and nuanced stories related to our bodies and sexuality, and what it means to Stand With Black Women and more.
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