NEW YORK, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Film Life, Inc., today announced a
diverse array of film submission categories for the 2006 Film Life & HBO
American Black Film Festival (ABFF). The six film sections and nine
competitions offer a compelling showcase for feature-length films, shorts and
documentaries from emerging independent filmmakers as well as prizes totaling
The ABFF, regarded as the premier international marketplace for Black and
urban-inspired cinema, will be held Wednesday, July 19 through Sunday July 23,
2006, in South Beach, Miami, Florida. The ABFF's founding and title sponsor is
HBO. Wal-Mart is the presenting sponsor.
"Over the past 10 years, we have provided a platform for the best of
independent cinema. What's most significant is that through this showcase
we've helped to build consumer audiences for Pan-African films and infused the
market with theatrical and numerous DVD releases," said Melanie Sharee,
festival director. "Our competition categories are designed to provide an
international platform for independent filmmakers who have innovative and
original stories to share, whether it be a feature-length, animated or short
film. Annually, we unveil high caliber films from emerging filmmakers and
spotlight compelling new actors."
ABFF has six distinct film sections: American Showcase, Animation,
Documentaries, Narrative Feature Film, Short Film and World Cinema
Films accepted to the Narrative Feature Film Section are eligible for four
awards, which are determined by the festival's Grand Jury. These awards are:
Grand Jury Prize - Best Picture, presented by Kodak with a prize of $20,000
worth of film stock; Grand Jury Prize - Best Performance by an Actor presented
by Boost Mobile; Grand Jury Prize - Best Director and Grand Jury Prize - Best
The ABFF also presents other prestigious awards including: Blockbuster
Audience Award presented by Blockbuster with a prize of $20,000, "Voices of
Color" Documentary Award presented by Wal-Mart with a prize of $20,000 and the
HBO Short Film Award presented by HBO and with a prize of $20,000.
The presentation of all awards will take place at the ABFF Awards brunch
held the closing day of the festival, Sunday, July 23.
Films submitted for consideration for the 2006 ABFF must be received by
Friday, April 7, 2006. For more details about ABFF competition categories,
submission forms and eligibility requirements, visit www.abff.com.
New to the ABFF this year are a screenplay and digital commercial contest
sponsored by AXE Bodyspray and Lincoln respectively. The AXE Black Filmmaker
Series seeks original screenplays focusing on life experiences of young
African American males. Three finalists will be selected and will each receive
a $40,000 production award to produce their film. Automaker Lincoln introduces
"Define Lincoln Luxury," a contest for the best 30-60-second digital
commercial. The winner will be awarded $10,000 or a 2-year lease on a 2006
The ABFF 2006 sponsors include: HBO (Founding & Title), Wal-Mart Voices of
Color Film Series (Presenting), AXE Bodyspray, Boost Mobile, Eastman Kodak
Company, Lincoln and Time Warner (Platinum), American Airlines, Black
Enterprise, Blockbuster, Goseeblackmovies.com, Greater Miami Convention and
Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and Vurv, Inc. (Gold), Fox Searchlight Pictures and
Nielsen Media Research (Silver). Media sponsors include: DVRepublic.com,
EURweb, Landmine Design, Upscale magazine, Uptown magazine and Socialstep.com.
Home Box Office, Inc. is the premium television programming subsidiary of
Time Warner Inc., providing two 24-hour premium television services, HBO and
Cinemax. Together, both networks reach approximately 39 million subscribers in
the United States via cable and satellite delivery. Home Box Office's
international joint ventures bring HBO branded services to more than 50
countries around the globe.
The ABFF is a property of Film Life, Inc., a New York-based film marketing
and distribution company. Its mission is to spearhead the global distribution
of quality Black films and be the leading American brand producing Black
movies and related entertainment content.
Festival information, including eligibility requirements, registration and
the 2006 schedule of events, is available online at www.abff.com, via phone
212.966.2411, ext. 400, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE Film Life, Inc.