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The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) has announced it will launch a Global Film Series, with its first event taking place in London, UK this September.
The highly influential ABFF is an annual event in the States which was first established in 1977 by founder Jeff Friday. The event empowers the voices and work of black artists, and celebrates film and television produced by, and about people of, African descent. ABFF London will held at the Picturehouse Central in the West End, in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment, and in association with Screen Nation, the UK platform raising the profile of black British and international film and television talent of African Caribbean heritage.
Discussing the launch, Jeff Friday explained that "ABFF’s Global Film Series provides a unique platform for black actors and filmmakers, internationally, to forge new alliances and share their work. The London event provides an important first step in developing these synergies which can help inform the African Diaspora as a whole. We’re very appreciative to Sony Pictures Entertainment for supporting the launch of this series." Highlighting the importance of launching the event in the UK, Wayne Garvie, President of International Production at Sony Pictures Television, said that "London is a vibrant, important source of diverse creative talent and a fantastic place to showcase emerging content. We are excited to launch the ABFF Global Film Series in London, which highlights Sony Pictures Entertainment’s commitment to harnessing the power of diversity and promoting inclusivity so that talented people can thrive."
Discussing the particular significance of the ABFF coming to London, Charles Thompson MBE, CEO and founder of Screen Nation, said "We are very excited to be partnering ABFF UK in this timely initiative and proud that the Global Film Series will be kicking off in London. In the past fourteen years Screen Nation Awards has been at the vanguard of recognizing black film talent in the UK and we have complemented this by acknowledging the impressive historical gains of US black actors and filmmakers across the Diaspora."
The three day event, taking place from 27 to 29 September, features a line up of films and Q&As with the stars, including a Gala premiere screening of Black and Blue, the 2019 action thriller starring Naomi Harris and Tyrese Gibson. Another highlight of the London festival will be a screening of Meagan Good's directorial debut feature, the crowd-funded film If Not Now, When.
Full details on the line up of the American Black Film Festival London can be found at the ABFF Website.