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Published on April 26th, 2023 | by Jessica Williams


The 27th Annual American Black Film Festival Announces The Official Feature & Documentary Lineup

The 2023 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) announced its lineup of narrative and documentary features. This year’s Festival, which takes place live in Miami Beach June 14-18, followed by a virtual segment June 19-25 on ABFF PLAY, showcases the best of emerging artists from the U.S and international countries. 

Widely considered the premiere festival for Black storytellers and diverse voices, ABFF provides a platform for filmmakers to showcase their work in front of an enthusiastic audience and potential buyers. With record-breaking submissions – doubled from last year – the festival will feature a varied group of independent filmmakers from the USA, United Kingdom and Mexico during its five-day run. The winners of the films in the competition will be announced during the “Best of ABFF Awards” hosted by Emmy-nominated Actor/Author Dondré Whitfield on Saturday, June 17th

The 2023 lineup showcases a number of world premieres including Murder City produced by notable filmmaker Oz Scott and Kevin Garnett starring Michael Colter; Jagged Mind directed by Kelley Kali, and Phels High starring Omari Hardwick, Allen Maldenado and Elise Neal and more. Producers Oz Scott and Kevin Garnett, also bring their highly-anticipated feature film Cinnamon starring Pam Grier and Damon Wayans.  

The full feature and documentary lineup for the 2023 American Black Film Festival is listed below and at . The festival’s Series and Voices of Cultures non-competitive lineup, along with finalists for the prestigious HBO® Short Film Award, will be announced at a later date. 

“The American Black Film Festival is akin to a reunion that celebrates, discovers, and uplifts artists and our attendees, and this year is no exception with an exciting lineup of diverse filmmaking that showcases Black culture. Over the course of five days in Miami, followed by seven days of virtual programming, we invite audiences to explore the art of storytelling through their own lens,” said Nicole Friday, president and COO, ABFF Ventures. “We’re proud to highlight emerging filmmakers and bring a wide-range of empowering stories to our community.  

The festival will open with the upcoming Netflix satirical conspiracy caper film They Cloned Tyrone starring John Boyega, Teyonah Parris and Jamie Foxx.  Emmy® winning writer, producer and actor Lena Waithe is ABFF’s 2023 Festival Ambassador. 

Since its inception, the highly anticipated American Black Film Festival has become a cornerstone for diversity in Hollywood. It has premiered the work and supported the careers of many of today’s most successful filmmakers, actors, writers and stand-up comedians and is recognized as a standard-bearer of excellence for Black creativity. Continuing its legacy to empower Black artists and showcase a wide range of entertainment content will feature studio premieres independent films, master classes, panels, talent showcases, networking and hospitality events.  

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