The 16th Annual American Black Film Festival started June 20th in Miami Beach, Florida with a celebrity laden event spotlighting the opening night film Beasts of the Southern Wild. It’s an enterprising film with unique abstractness focusing on a young girl going through stirring circumstances in an isolated bayou community.
On hand to walk the red carpet opening night was the festival’s ambassador, Tracee Ellis Ross amongst other actors such as Robert Townsend, Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Jo Marie Payton (Family Matters), and the festival’s founder/CEO , Film Life, Jeff Friday.
The American Black Film Festival is the culmination of hard working individuals desiring to showcase the works of minority up and coming filmmakers, directors, producers, screen and scriptwriters. During the four day festival, a bevy of workshops/seminars/ and classes presented by industry professionals are offered to registrants who hope to hone their skills in their respective areas.