NEW YORK, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Film Life's 11th annual American Black
Film Festival (ABFF) will kick-off Thursday October 25th in Los Angeles
with the special screening of the upcoming Sony/Screen Gems film This
Christmas, starring Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba, Loretta Divine, Mekhi Phifer
and Regina King. Festival passes and tickets for the ABFF are on sale now
at ticket web (www.ticketweb.com) or by visiting www.abff.com. "We are
excited to be kicking off this year's festival with this highly anticipated
film, produced by ABFF alumni Will packer and Preston A. Whitmore II," said
Jeff Friday, founder/CEO of Film Life, Inc. and the ABFF.
In addition to the opening night screening of This Christmas, Bill
Duke's acclaimed Actors Boot Camp will be held for three days as will the
popular Filmmakers Workshop, which will feature instruction from F. Gary
Gray and John Singleton. Producer Tracey Edmonds and Writer/Directors Kasi
Lemmons and Reggie Rock Bythewood as well as writer, Norman Vance, Jr.,
will be on hand at Lincoln's "Off the Red Carpet" program. In addition,
celebrities such as Boris Kodjoe, Julie Dash, and Gabrielle Union will
participate in panel discussions and screenings. Actor Anthony Anderson is
the 2007 ABFF Ambassador and Director Antoine Fuqua will serve as the
President of the 2007 ABFF Grand Jury.
Founded in 1997, the mission of the festival is to strengthen the Black
filmmaking community through resource sharing, education, artistic
collaboration and career development. Since its inception, over 500
independent films have been screened, seventy per cent of which have gone
on to secure theatrical or DVD distribution.
Festival alumni include director Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard),
producers Rob Hardy and Will Packer (Stomp the Yard), producer Roger M.
Bobb (Daddy's Little Girls) and writer/director Frank E. Flowers (Haven).
The ABFF was born out of the need to generate distribution opportunities
for independent Black films and promote cultural diversity within the
motion picture industry. It is widely considered the premier Black film
market. Festival attendance is expected to exceed 5,000 people.
"The support of our corporate partners, led by founding and title
sponsor HBO, Lincoln, Allstate(R), and BET J, allows the festival to
continue to grow and nurture artists in a variety of disciplines offering
workshops, symposiums, exclusive parties, high-level networking and
signature events including: ABFF Feature Panel Discussion, A Conversation
With ... , and the HBO Short Film Competition," added Friday.
Other 2007 Festival sponsors include: Blockbuster, Nokia, Paper Denim &
Cloth, Heineken, Kodak, Fox Entertainment Group, Nielsen Media Research,
Inta Juice, Nickelodeon, The Word Network, Golden Street Entertainment,
Codeblack Entertainment, First Look Studios, Sofitel LA, One Village
Entertainment, MTV Networks, Target, IFP, SAG Indie, Black Enterprise,
heart & soul, Uptown, Upscale, DV Republic, Black Noir, NV magazine, and
The ABFF's four film sections - Shorts, U. S. Features, International
Features and Documentaries - will provide increased visibility to the films
that will be screened this year. Filmmakers will be recognized and rewarded
with cash and other prizes at the ABFF's Independent Film Awards
Presentation on October 28th at the WGA. Festival ticket prices are as
follows: Festival Passes $675, Actors Boot Camp Passes $350, Filmmaker
Workshop Passes $350, Symposium Passes $30, and Movie Screening Tickets
$12. To purchase passes or tickets visit www.abff.com or www.ticketweb.com
The ABFF, co-founded by Jeff Friday in 1997, 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, television, events
and digital content. Film Life's key properties include the American Black
Film Festival (abff.com); The Black Movie Awards on TNT
(blackmovieawards.com); and the ABFF DVD Series (thefilmlife.com), a
partnership with Warner Home Video.
Home Box Office, Inc., is the premium television programming subsidiary
of Time Warner Inc., providing two 24-hour premium television services--
HBO and Cinemax-to over 40 million U.S. subscribers. The services offer the
most popular subscription video on demand products, HBO On Demand and
Cinemax On Demand, as well as multiplex channels and HD feeds.
Internationally, HBO's branded television networks, along with the
subscription video on demand products HBO on Demand and HBO Mobile, bring
HBO services to over 50 countries.
Festival and registration information is available online www.abff.com,
via phone 212.966.2411, ext. 400, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE Film Life