Submit Your Film To The American Black Film Festival Showcase For a Chance To Win $30,000

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The American Black Film Festival annually showcases dynamic content by and about people of African descent from around the world. The festival has four (4) competitive screening sections: Narrative Features, Documentaries, Short Films, and Web Series.

Narrative Features: Films that tell a fictional story, event or narrative.
Submissions Criteria:

72 minutes minimum run time
Writer, director or producer must be a person of African descent, or the film content must have a multicultural perspective.
Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
Competition is open to U.S. and international entries.
Films must be in the English language or contain English-language subtitles.
Films must have commenced principal photography on or after January 1, 2017.
While it is our preference to exhibit films in this competitive section that are world premieres, Narrative Features that have previously screened at up to two (2) other festivals are eligible for this section.
Films that have been, or will be, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any other public distribution platform (theatrical, Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) in any country prior to June 18, 2018, are not eligible for this category.
Award Eligibility:

Best Narrative Feature ($25,000 cash prize)
Best Director, Narrative Feature ($25,000 cash prize)

Documentaries: Nonfictional films intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or creating and maintaining a historical record.
Submissions Criteria:

72 minutes minimum run time
Writer, director or producer must be a person of African descent, or the film content must have a multicultural perspective.
Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
Competition is open to U.S. and international entries.
Films must be in the English language or contain English-language subtitles.
Films must have commenced principal photography on or after January 1, 2017.
While it is our preference to exhibit films in this competitive section that are world premieres, Documentaries that have previously screened at up to two (2) other festivals are eligible for this section.
Films that have been, or will be, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any other public distribution platform (theatrical, Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) in any country prior to June 18, 2018, are not eligible for this category.
Award Eligibility:

Best Documentary ($10,000 cash prize)

Short Films: Now in its 21st year, the HBO® Short Film Competition is regarded as one of the most prestigious short film showcases in the country. Five filmmakers are selected as finalists and receive a trip to the American Black Film Festival in Miami Beach, FL (including airfare and hotel accommodations) to screen their film. One of the five films will be selected at the festival to receive the HBO® Short Film Award and $30,000 total cash prizes.
Submissions Criteria:

20 minutes maximum run time inclusive of credits.
Films must have been directed and/or written by a person of African descent
Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
Competition is open to U.S. and international entries.
Films must be in the English language or contain English-language subtitles.
Films must have commenced principal photography on or after January 1, 2017.
Films must not have been previously submitted to the HBO Short Film Competition under its current or any former title, or in any form that is, in HBO’s opinion, substantially similar to, or derivative of, the current film.
Films must not have had any previous exhibition on broadcast or cable (by means of any method or medium) or online.
Films submitted to the HBO Short Film Competition for the 2018 American Black Film Festival must not have been previously exhibited on, or licensed for exhibition on, any form of television (i.e., free TV, basic or pay cable, pay-per-view and/or subscription programming services) and, prior to the scheduled ABFF screening date within June 13-17, 2018.
FILMMAKER/OWNER/ENTRANT shall not permit the film to be exhibited, or enter into a license or make any agreement to exhibit the film, on any form of television. These conditions apply to exhibitions or licenses under the film’s current title or any other title, or in any form that is, in HBO’s sole opinion, substantially similar to, or derivative of, the current film.
Employees of Home Box Office, Inc. (“HBO”) and any other Time Warner entity (including all permanent and temporary employees) and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household are not eligible to participate in the HBO Short Film Competition.
Each entry must be submitted via Withoutabox.com, where you must upload your film and completed submission form, including signed competition release, by no later than the deadline of February 15, 2018.
Award Eligibility:

HBO Short Film Award ($30,000 total cash prizes)

Short Films: Now in its 21st year, the HBO® Short Film Competition is regarded as one of the most prestigious short film showcases in the country. Five filmmakers are selected as finalists and receive a trip to the American Black Film Festival in Miami Beach, FL (including airfare and hotel accommodations) to screen their film. One of the five films will be selected at the festival to receive the HBO® Short Film Award and $30,000 total cash prizes.
Submissions Criteria:

20 minutes maximum run time inclusive of credits.
Films must have been directed and/or written by a person of African descent
Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
Competition is open to U.S. and international entries.
Films must be in the English language or contain English-language subtitles.
Films must have commenced principal photography on or after January 1, 2017.
Films must not have been previously submitted to the HBO Short Film Competition under its current or any former title, or in any form that is, in HBO’s opinion, substantially similar to, or derivative of, the current film.
Films must not have had any previous exhibition on broadcast or cable (by means of any method or medium) or online.
Films submitted to the HBO Short Film Competition for the 2018 American Black Film Festival must not have been previously exhibited on, or licensed for exhibition on, any form of television (i.e., free TV, basic or pay cable, pay-per-view and/or subscription programming services) and, prior to the scheduled ABFF screening date within June 13-17, 2018.
FILMMAKER/OWNER/ENTRANT shall not permit the film to be exhibited, or enter into a license or make any agreement to exhibit the film, on any form of television. These conditions apply to exhibitions or licenses under the film’s current title or any other title, or in any form that is, in HBO’s sole opinion, substantially similar to, or derivative of, the current film.
Employees of Home Box Office, Inc. (“HBO”) and any other Time Warner entity (including all permanent and temporary employees) and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household are not eligible to participate in the HBO Short Film Competition.
Each entry must be submitted via Withoutabox.com, where you must upload your film and completed submission form, including signed competition release, by no later than the deadline of February 15, 2018.
Award Eligibility:

HBO Short Film Award ($30,000 total cash prizes)

Web Series: Short form narrative or documentary episodic series
Submissions Criteria:

10 minutes maximum run time per episode
Writer, director or producer must be a person of African descent, or the series content must have a multicultural perspective.
Entrants must submit two (2) episodes of the series, not to exceed 20 minutes of run time inclusive of credits
Episodes should be uploaded as one continuous video file, with a 2-second break and new opening title card separating the episodes.
If submitted content is a continuation of an existing series that has previously been made available to the public via any platform (broadcast television, Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) prior to June 18, 2018, only new unreleased episodes are eligible for submission.
Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
Competition is open to U.S. and international entries.
Series must be in the English language or contain English-language subtitles.
Award Eligibility:

Best Web Series ($10,000 cash prize)

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