In addition, the ABFF offers a wide variety of events and networking activities designed to foster career development and inspire festival attendees. These opportunities include panels, celebrity conversations, master classes, talent showcases and career forums co-programmed with leading media companies (HBO, Fox Searchlight Pictures, NBCUniversal, Nickelodeon and CNN). Entertainment and exclusive social events round out the ABFF experience.
The festival annually attracts a core audience of artists, entertainment executives, A-list celebrities and upscale film enthusiasts. Top-tier corporations engage in partnerships with the ABFF to promote their brands, services and multicultural initiatives to consumers, tastemakers and industry influencers in attendance. The ABFF also receives support from networks, film studios and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), all working to identify and cultivate relationships with multicultural talent. The festival supports artists in unprecedented ways, and has generated a tremendous amount of goodwill in the Hollywood community. The ABFF partners are essential to its long-term success, which in turn contributes to the growth of a more diverse America.
The American Black Film Festival is produced by Film Life, Inc., a multifaceted entertainment company founded in 2001 by its CEO, Jeff Friday. While best known for creating the ABFF, the company’s operations center on developing and licensing innovative content across all forms of media and providing strategic advisory services to a wide range of corporations in the entertainment, media and consumer product industries. Its scope of consulting services includes event management, film marketing and distribution, educational program development, talent procurement, and video production.