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Jury Award -- Best Narrative Feature
Jury Award -- Best Director, Narrative Feature
Jury Award -- Best Actor, Narrative Feature
Jury Award -- Best Documentary Feature
Jury Award -- Best Series (Television or Web)
HBO® Short Film Award [Entries without the completed SUBMISSION and RELEASE FORMS attached will not be considered.]

Eligibility criteria is found listed under each category and on

IMPORTANT--***HBO® Short Film Award will NOT be admissible without submitting the release forms found on

Overall Rating
  • We attended ABFF as filmmakers when our project was selected as a 2023 Series Finalist and had an incredible time. The entire festival was like a creative retreat and the event execution was flawless. From the panels to the shorts, the movies to the parties and everything in between: the content was awesome and we learned so much. One of the things that stuck out the most was the vibe: it was overwhelmingly supportive and positive, with people really rooting for each other. It was special and unlike any other event we've been to. The Friday's are amazing hosts - It was an honor to be in the presence of such an exceptional group and we can't wait to go back!

    November 2023
  • LaShanda Simmons

    I would like to thank ABFF for making my first film festival a grand experience. Thank you for allowing my freshman production company to screen our first project Being Alex in the series category. The panels were great, and they provided good soil for me to plant as we grow in the industry.

    July 2023
  • Ric Serena

    This was truly one of the most creatively recharging festivals I've had the pleasure of attending. It was such a pleasure to meet and connect with the other filmmakers and filmgoers, and the festival staff and volunteers ran the week of events so smoothly.

    June 2023
  • 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