ABOUT THE ABFF COMEDY FESTIVAL

The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) has a legacy of supporting Black comedians dating back to its inception in 1997 in Acapulco. Many of today’s top names in the industry have performed at the festival in the early stages of their careers; including Kevin Hart, Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps, J.B. Smoove, Chris Spencer, D.L. Hughley, Sheryl Underwood, Earthquake, Craig Robinson, Tommy Davidson, Bill Bellamy and Ricky Smiley among others.

In 2021 the organization will introduce the ABFF Comedy Festival, a spinoff event dedicated to showcasing emerging Black and Brown comedians and comedy writers. Its mission is to be a global stage for the multicultural comedy community and to help propel new generations of diverse artists to stardom by introducing them to the industry-at-large.

The comedy festival will present four national competitions; one for stand-up comics and the other three for writers of comedic short films, webisodes and podcasts. The five-day event will also include live stand-up comedy performances, panels, conversations and master classes, as well as digital screenings of studio and network films and television content in the comedy genre. The festival will culminate with “Black Comedy Live,” a global pay-per-view special featuring top headline comics.

The inaugural ABFF Comedy Festival, will be held virtually June 2-6, 2021, available exclusively on ABFF PLAY, a streaming platform focused on Black culture and creativity.

STAND-UP PERFORMANCE CONTEST
- Up to twenty (20) semi-finalists will be selected to perform live at the 2021 ABFF Comedy Festival in Los Angeles, California (Covid-19 conditions permitting) to compete for one (1) winning position.
- From the pool of twenty, one (1) winner will be selected to receive a grand prize of fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500).

COMEDY WEB SERIES CONTEST
- Up to ten (10) finalists will be selected to screen virtually for the duration of the 2021 ABFF Comedy Festival on ABFFPlay.com
- One (1) winner will be selected to receive a grand prize of fifteen hundred ($1,500) dollars.

COMEDY SHORTS CONTEST
- Up to ten (10) finalists will be selected to screen for the duration of the 2021 ABFF Comedy Festival on ABFFPlay.com
- One (1) winner will be selected to receive a grand prize of fifteen hundred ($1,500) dollars.

COMEDY PODCASTS CONTEST
- Up to ten (10) finalists will be selected to play for the duration of the 2021 ABFF Comedy Festival on ABFFPlay.com
- One (1) winner will be selected to receive a grand prize of fifteen hundred ($1,500) dollars.

GENERAL SUBMISSION RULES & TERMS

- All contests and competitions are open to all persons age 21 or older, of African descent, or who identify as Latinx, or Native American, who reside in the U.S.
- Submissions must be produced after January 01, 2019.
- Submissions must be in the English language or contain English sub-titles.
- Comedians entering the Stand-Up Performance Contest must be eligible to work in the U.S.
- Please refer to each categories individual eligibility criteria and requirements.
- Competition/contest requirements must be met/delivered in full in order for a submission to be considered complete for review.

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  • Kaili Turner

    Shoutout to the ABFF Comedy Festival for having my sketch Maybe it's Melanin as part of their first annual comedy festival. We had a great time zoom networking and seeing the variety of comedy!

    July 2021