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ABFF Encore at BET Experience Will Include Master Classes from Industry Veterans Kenya Barris, Robert Townsend and Tasha Smith
(Los Angeles, CA) – The BET Networks and the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) have announced ABFF Encore at BET Experience, a programming partnership to be unveiled at the 2016 BET Experience @ L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® June 24-26. ABFF Encore at BET Experience will feature select films from the 2016 ABFF, along with master classes in a variety of disciplines including acting, directing and producing. The inaugural event will be held at the L.A. LIVE complex during the BET Experience, a four-day weekend showcasing the best in music, comedy, and entertainment culminating with the 16th annual “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Microsoft Theater.
“We are thrilled to extend our partnership with BET beyond the ABFF Awards, and present ABFF Encore in conjunction with the BET Experience 2016. This collaboration allows us to further celebrate and showcase the work of ABFF 2016 filmmakers and content creators,” said Jeff Friday, ABFF Founder and CEO.
As one of the leading film festivals in the world, the ABFF is committed to presenting quality films by and about people of African descent. Founded in 1997, this world class event has served as a vehicle to promote diversity and provide a platform for excellence within the film and television industry. This collaboration between ABFF and BET Networks – which also celebrates the wide-ranging talent of people of color – will provide attendees high-level access to the wealth of artistry that exists within this filmmaking community.
"We are thrilled to once again partner with ABFF to showcase the tremendous work and achievements of people of African descent, “said Richard Gay, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Operations at BET Networks. “It is our shared commitment to provide opportunities to people of color both in front of and behind the camera that makes this one of a kind partnership at the BET Experience so significant.”