Sunday, June 14, 2015 was the final day of the American Black Film Festival with included the Awards and a closing night reception. The overall event this year ran from June 11th to the 14th and was hosted at the New York Hilton located on 6th Avenue between 53rd and 54th. The list included a wide array of fun filled and educational events. There were film and TV panels, film screenings, one on one talks with celebrities and parties. Also, there were opportunities to do quite a bit of networking.
The American Black Film Festival also known as ABFF is committed to the belief that Black artists and content creators merit the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts. This year marked the 19th annual event and the Festival attracts a core audience of artists, entertainment executives and upscale film devotees from around the world, and is the nation’s largest gathering of Black film and TV enthusiasts.
This year, some of the celebrities invited to be a part of the festival were: Ambassador Taraji P. Henson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Larry Wilmore, Jenifer Lewis. Also in attendance was Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Dondre Whitfield, Garcelle Beauvais, Essence Atkins, Malinda Williams, Terri J. Vaughn, Chris Spencer, Godfrey.
The ABFF supports artists in unprecedented ways, and has fostered a tremendous amount of goodwill in the Hollywood community. Extremely newsworthy, the ABFFgenerates more than a billion media impressions each year and has been featured in mainstream, as well as African American, entertainment and trade media outlets including The 37 New York Times, People Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and AOL Huffington Post to name a few. Top--tier corporations engage in partnerships with the ABFF to promote their brands, services and multicultural initiatives to the Festival’s highly desirable audience.