The 2014 ABFF MOVIE AWARDS is an online platform created by the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) to recognize the work of persons of African descent in the motion picture industry and outstanding films portraying the Black experience. Its mission is to give fans a voice in naming the best movies and performances of the past year, exciting interest in Black cinema during Hollywood's award season and Black History Month.
This year's winners will be revealed in a five-minute "web show" scheduled to premiere online here February 28. Hosted by comedian Chris Spencer (creator of BET's "Real Husbands of Hollywood"), the show will follow Chris as he attempts to track down the winners to get their acceptance speech.
The Movie Awards and Film Festival are a part of the ABFF brand's global initiative to promote the universal appeal of Black cinema by showcasing Black artists, stories and culture to a broader audience.
To qualify for consideration, films must have U.S. theatrical release dates between January 1 and December 31, 2013, with a minimum two-week run in New York and Los Angeles. Individuals (actors, directors, producers, and writers) must be of African descent.
A blue-ribbon jury of film critics and entertainment editors vote to name the nominees in eleven categories including Movie of the Year, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Ensemble Cast, Breakthrough Performance of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Studio of the Year.
The winners will be determined by popular vote of the general public, inclusive of the 90,000 plus American Black Film Festival alumni around the world. Voting begins January 15 and runs through January 22, 2014.
The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is an annual event dedicated to showcasing quality films by and about people of African descent. Committed to the belief that Black content creators and artists deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts, ABFF founder Jeff Friday conceived the festival in 1997 as a vehicle to promote diversity in the film and television industry. Today it serves as the preeminent pipeline to new Black talent in front of and behind the camera, and is regarded as one of the leading film festivals in the world. The 18th annual ABFF will take place in New York City, June 19-22, 2014. For more information visit www.abff.com