Tickets and Passes for 11th Annual American Black Film Festival on Sale Now! FESTIVAL OPENS OCTOBER 25TH IN LOS ANGELES



    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
 VIBE.
     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: abff@thefilmlife.com.
 
 

SOURCE Film Life

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