American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and SEOPW CRA call for film submissions to ‘Films over Miami’ community showcase

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American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and SEOPW CRA call for film submissions to ‘Films over Miami’ community showcase

By Yvette N. Harris

      Miami, Fl — Film Life, Inc., in partnership with the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA) and the Office of Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, announces the kickoff of the ABFF-SEOPW CRA Community Showcase, calling for Miami filmmakers to submit films for this year’s showcase titled “Films over Miami.”

     The showcase, highlighting Miami’s emerging  filmmakers, will take place on Sunday, June 23, 2013, at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach during the 17th annual American Black Film Festival.

     The ABFF-SEOPW CRA Community Showcase was launched in 2009 with the goal of promoting Miami’s local film industry talents and the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Area to prospective investors and festival attendees alike. This year, the showcase will also make available to local youth from the community information on the disciplines and career opportunities that exist within the motion picture industry.

     The showcase is sponsored in part by the SEOPW CRA as a redevelopment activity pursuant to its approved Community Redevelopment Plan.



     Submissions must be received by May 10, 2013. Films submitted after the deadline will not be accepted or reviewed by the ABFF Screening Panel.

  • Films must have been completed after January 1, 2012.
  • Each filmmaker is allowed to submit one film.
  • Films must not have had any commercial, theatrical, or television play in the United States.
  • All films with dialogue in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for ABFF-SEOPW CRA Community Showcase presentation.
  • Must submit two DVD copies of the highest quality copy of your film clearly labeled with title and running time. 
  • Must include a short synopsis of the film (80-100 words).
  • Must include respondent’s contact information, which shall include a contact name, phone number and email address.


     Features: Minimum running time 72 minutes.

     Documentaries: Minimum running time 30 minutes

     Shorts: Maximum running time 20 minutes

     Webisodes: Maximum running time 5 minutes


Selected films will be premiered at “Films Over Miami,” an ABFF-SEOPW CRA Community Showcase, as part of the 17th annual American Black Film Festival. The winners would also receive passes to attend events at the festival and will be highlighted in a post-festival release.

     Mail completed submissions to:  ABFF Films Over Miami Submission, c/o Film Life, P.O. Box 1975, New York, NY 10113


     The CRA is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Community Showcase for promotional purposes. Respondent submitting film in response to this solicitation hereby warrants that the CRA is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

     Respondent shall indemnify and hold harmless the City of Miami and the CRA from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos submitted.

     Festival passes and tickets are available for purchase at

     For more information on the SEOPW CRA, visit

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