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How Two Filmmakers Are Taking on the Complexity of Black Girlhood

Nikyatu Jusu and Yvonne Shirley discuss their award-winning short film 'Flowers,' and how to work in the indie space as black female filmmakers

Nikyatu Jusu and Yvonne Shirley discuss their motivation to make ‘Flowers’ and navigating the indie…

By Kali Wilder

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ABFF: An Artists’ Space to Watch, Learn, and Create

Actors, filmmakers, and content creators, this one's for you

Register now for the 2016 ABFF to make your artistic dreams a reality.

By Safon Floyd

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Using Mobile Filmmaking to Tell Stories

By leveraging mobile technology, Matthew Cherry wants to help democratize the filmmaking process

By leveraging mobile technology, Matthew Cherry wants to help democratize the filmmaking process.

By Kali Wilder

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ABFF Searches for Your Talent with HBO, Comcast NBCUniversal, TV One and McDonald’s

Writers, comedians, hosts, actors, and filmmakers compete for a chance to win big

ABFF to develop talent discovery programs for up-and-coming actors, comedians, filmmakers and television hosts.

By Safon Floyd

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ABFF Short Films Premiere on HBO

Finalists from the prestigious film competition make their TV debut

Filmmakers, creators, and appreciators of quality filmmaking–on February 1, 2016, you will have the opportunity…

By Safon Floyd

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2016 ABFF Honors Honorees and Awards Announced

Gala to recognize the greatest in black film and television

On February 21, 2016 at the Beverly Hills Hilton, ABFF Ventures will present ABFF Honors,…

By Safon Floyd

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Open Letter to Hollywood: Because Hollywoodn’t

We must demand recognition and greater access to opportunities in all aspects of the film industry

Bottom line: these nomination processes—and the entire industry, for that matter—are out of focus. African…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Black Filmmakers Need Blockbuster Opportunities

Not a single 2015 film release from a black filmmaker had a budget that exceeded $35 million

Despite proven track records for producing quality films and commercial success, African American filmmakers—a list…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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‘Creed’ Opens Dialogue on Diversity in Boxing Films; Becomes Holiday Weekend Hit

Film starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone rakes in more than $42 million

Creed,” which cost $35 million to make, earned $42.6 million over five days. It’s the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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ABFF Announces Common as 2016 Celebrity Ambassador

The award-winning artist leads the charge for the film festival's 20th anniversary

The American Black Film Festival and Black Enterprise are proud to announce that award-winning rapper,…

By Safon Floyd

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Free Webinars For Web Series Producers and Filmmakers

National Black Programming Consortium helps artists take projects to the next level

The National Black Programming Consortium seeks to help web producers and aspiring filmmakers take their…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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ABFF Returns to Miami Beach 2016

Premier black film festival returns to South Florida to celebrate 20 years of promoting black TV and cinema

American Black Film Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a return to sizzling Miami…

By Safon Floyd

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ABFF Remembers ‘Boyz n the Hood’ with John Singleton

Filmmaker shares insight into what inspired him

ABFF remembers “Boyz n the Hood,” a story of a group of childhood friends in…

By Kali Wilder

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[WATCH] Ava DuVernay Revels in Being a ‘Black Woman Filmmaker’

The 'Selma' director shares why she's okay with the title

Ava DuVernay isn’t bothered by the label, ‘black woman filmmaker.’ As a matter of fact,…

By Brittany Dandy

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Industry Leaders Talk Diversity in Film, at 2nd Hollywood Creative Forum East

ABFF and Walter Katiz Foundation bring filmmakers and directors together

Filmmakers, directors, screen writers, content creators and producers of color all gathered at the 2nd…

By Cristie Leondis

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Black Female Filmmakers Seek To Produce Modern Day Love Triangle

IndieGoGo campaign set at $50,000 funding target

Black LGBT women filmmakers try to raise $50,000 to make a movie about a black…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Black, Male and Gay: ‘Blackbird’ Filmmaker Details Journey to Tell the Untold

Patrik Ian-Polk commits to providing venue for vital dialogue with upcoming film

Patrik Ian-Polk’s insights on how Blackbird began, his passion for providing a venue for black…

By Janell Hazelwood

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‘Beyond the Lights’ Director Talks Career and Purpose

Gina Prince-Bythewood opens up about career and discrimination

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Gina Prince-Bythewood, the talented writer and director behind Love & Basketball and Beyond the Lights,…

By Essence Gant

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Forrest Tuff, One Vision Productions

The Atlanta filmmaker follows a purpose-driven business strategy

Producing films of impact is nothing short of a day’s work for One Vision Productions…

By Timothy P. Tukes

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Anita Hill Documentary to Premiere at Sundance

Story of the sexual harassment accusation against Justice Clarence Thomas told on film

The infamous sexual harassment claim made against Justice Clarence Thomas by Anita Hill is made…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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