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HBO Call for Entries - ABFF Comes To LA
Home Box Office is accepting entries for its 10th Annual HBO Short Film Award at Film Life's 2007 American Black Film Festival. The competition honors the writing and directing talents of Black filmmakers. A grand prize of $20,000 will be presented by HBO at the ABFF, taking place in Los Angeles, October 25-29.
Five films will be chosen by a panel of industry professionals based on artistic excellence, with the finalists participating in a special screening and final round of competition at the festival. The grand prize of $20,000 will be awarded to one filmmaker by HBO at the ABFF's awards press conference. A prize of $5,000 will also be given to each of the four runners-up.
The HBO Short Film Award competition is open to U.S. and international filmmakers of African descent, 18 years of age or older, who have directed and/or written a short film of 20 minutes or less. All films must have been produced after January 1, 2006 in English or contain English subtitles. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, July 11 and all entries must arrive at the ABFF office postmarked by that date.
Additionally, all entries must qualify as a festival premiere, with no festival screenings planned through the scheduled ABFF screening dates of October 25-29. Short films that have won awards at other festivals or those that have previously been submitted to the HBO Short Film Award competition, under its current or any former title, are not eligible. Films must also not have had previous cable broadcast screenings.
Submissions will be accepted on DVD only, accompanied by official HBO/ABFF entry form, $40.00 submission fee and other pertinent materials. For entry forms and rules and regulations, visit www.abff.com.
The 2006 HBO Short Film Award grand prize of $20,000 was presented to writer/director Moon Molson for his film "Pop Foul," a coming-of-age story about a boy who must choose between staying loyal or being honest after witnessing his father's beating by a local thug.
ABFF has been held the past few years in Miami and previously in New York. This is the first year it is being held in Los Angeles.
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