American Black Film Festival Postponed Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The American Black Film Festival has been postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.

The 24th annual event had been scheduled to take place on June 17-21 in Miami, but will now move to October 21-25.

“ABFF is a destination event that attracts participants from around the world, which is why we made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the 24th American Black Film Festival,” ABFF Ventures CEO Jeff Friday said in a statement Tuesday. “While we remain committed to providing a program for storytellers who rely on ABFF to showcase their work, at this time, our main priority is the health of our staff, attendees, and corporate partners.”

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A note on the ABFF website says “all existing passes, master class tickets, sponsorship arrangements and bookings will roll over and remain valid for the October event.”

The ABFF launched in 1997 to strengthen the black entertainment community and provide a platform for emerging artists. When this year’s festival gets underway, Mary J. Blige will serve as the ambassador.