NYC to Host American Black Film Festival

Next summer, the Big Apple is hosting the American Black Film Festival, the leading U.S. festival presenting films by or about people of African descent.

The event, which is widely recognized and respected as a pipeline for Black talent, will be held June 19-22, 2014 in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood between the Metropolitan Pavilion and the SVA Theatre.

Sponsored by HBO, the four-day event will include a slew of activities, including screenings, panels, workshops, talent showcases, celebrity conversations and the “ABFF Honors,” a a star-studded awards ceremomy.

Attributing to successful careers of artists, such as Will Packer (Think Like A Man) and Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), the festival was established in 1997 and has since showcased more than 700 films.

The founder of ABFF, Jeff Friday, is excited to hold the celebration in New York City for the upcoming year.

“New York offers a much larger gateway for us to further our mission,” says Friday in a press release. “It is our goal to not only support Black filmmakers, but to promote their work for everyone’s enjoyment! Ultimately, we’d like to see Black film have as great an impact on American culture as we have had in music, fashion and sports.”

Be sure to check out some amazing films when the festival hits the city. For more information, please visit