ABFF stands as a leading film festival, where Black movie enthusiasts, artists, and filmmakers from around the world, come together with an extraordinary range of stories, countries, and cultures. The annual program presents new short films, web series, documentaries, and narrative features (U.S. & International), providing a space for Black creatives to be celebrated.

While the festival is widely known for promoting what’s hot in Black film and television, our most significant work is to uplift new voices. We have supported and recognized the talent of hundreds of artists over the years, including presentations of our very first ABFF Rising Star Award to Hal-le Berry in 1997 and the HBO Short Film Award to director Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) in 2011.

What began as an endeavor to showcase the work of African American filmmakers has grown into a global celebration of Black culture, pride, and strength. Among our most esteemed accomplishments are the ABFF images and artifacts that the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has included in its permanent collection in Washington, D.C.

The 26th annual ABFF will be held live in Miami Beach from June 15-19, followed by virtual screenings and events on ABFF PLAY from June 20-30.

Jury Award -- Best Narrative Feature
Jury Award -- Best Director, Narrative Feature
Jury Award -- John Singleton Award for Best First Feature
Jury Award -- Best Documentary Feature
Jury Award -- Best Web Series
HBO Short Film Award

Eligibility criteria is found listed under each category and summarized on

Overall Rating
  • Class act all the way. Very professional, deeply organized and much value for the entry. The founders are hands-on, which adds a personal touch to the festival. Delighted that "The Green Couch" was selected and that we had the opportunity to be part. We had a BLAST in Miami....Thank you and many blessings!

    June 2022
  • Ellie Foumbi

    ABFF supported me early in my career and fostered one of my most important creative collaborations. It was an honor to screen my first feature there!

    June 2022
  • Eunice Levis

    Our sci-fi fantasy short film “Ro & the Stardust’ was as an official selection during the 26th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF). ABFF went above and beyond to celebrate us and help us build community. An incredible and amazingly well done event. (Special shout out to Nicole Friday for dedicating so much time to selectees and to Shoshana, ABFF staff member at the Regal Theatre. You made the screening experience truly memorable. Thanks sis).

    June 2022
  • Christian Kamaal

    ABFF was my first ever big film festival I'd ever attended and screened a film at. I can't stress how grateful I am for the experience I had. Jeff and Nicole Friday are so down to earth. The panels were very informative. Miami was beautiful, of course. Can't wait to go back.

    June 2022

    Amazing Event and perfectly organized. Thank you to the American Black Film Festival for letting me be apart of something so special.

    June 2022