American Black Film Festival 2019
American Black film Festival 2019
(Full gallery of the event is below 👇)
This year American Black Film Festival was held in Miami Beach June 2019. And man was it an event. Anyone that is either breaking into the industry or seasoned actor should definitely attend each year. The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is an annual event dedicated to empowering black artists and showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. Committed to the belief that diverse artists deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts, ABFF founder Jeff Friday conceived the festival in 1997 as a vehicle to strengthen the black filmmaking community by encouraging resource sharing, education and artistic collaboration. He ultimately envisioned it as a cornerstone of diversity in Hollywood.
Why is this important?
Just like many networks, schools and opportunities in America, for a long time, they just weren’t the same for people of color. For this reason, we had to take the step and create our own platforms. You’ll notice this with HBCU (Historically Black Colleges) , Networks like BET and of course the American Black Film festival. If ever there is something you want to do and it is hard for you to break into the industry then it may be time to go ahead and create your own lane. That’s why I am soooo thankful to Jeff and Nicole Friday for creating this amazing event. I was there with people that I’ve watched since I was a kid like Professor Oglevee all the way to the dynamic cast of POWER. It allows the up and coming talent to be able to connect with the big wigs in the industry and really just puts everyone on the same level. Creatives respecting other creatives.
My favorite Parts of ABFF?
So I was initially invited by a good friend of mine to see VBozeman perform. This amazing singer from Los Angeles. Best known for her appearance in the hit show “Empire”. She has a ridiculously amazing voice!!! So seeing her perform live was an awesome experience. The cast of POWER and them breaking down the characters was really intriguing to me as well. We see the characters a certain way because it’s the finished product. But, when you speak to the actor and see type the of work that needed to be done to get there is definitely one of my favorite parts of ABFF . Another great night was the award show. After years of hard work, pitching projects getting rejected, finding the funds, working endless hours. You’re finally rewarded !! There was this one young lady in particular that was working three jobs to funds her dreams. She even said she was suppose to work a shift that night so not too sure if she still had the job lol. But it was worth it being up on that stage. That’s what you call sacrifice.
What did I learn at ABFF?
Man, what a question? Attending ABFF really just stirred up a fire in me, showing that anything is possible. There were so many stories shared, and dreams coming to fruition. AT times we feel these people on TV are above us or untouchable. But no. They are the same as us, just put their head down and did the work. Put their head down and ignored their ego. Put their head down and didn’t come up until the work was done. I’m completely inspired and am now taking my acting alot more seriously. No one is going to give you anything if you don’t prove yourself. why would they? No one gave them anything. This was an awesome experience and I am looking forward to the next event. ho knows maybe I’ll have a film in there next year (= only time will tell. Til next time my loves!!!