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"We very excited that Dysfunctional Friends could be apart of ABFF this year for the festivals fifteen year anniversary which is sure to be historic," said the producer and one of the stars of the film Datari Turner.
This is an Appeal by "Association Belarus Football Federation" (hereinafter "ABFF" or "Appellant") against Federation Internationale de Football Association (hereinafter "FIFA") moving the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to set aside a decision of FIFA dated 10 June 2004 which lifted a sanction imposed by the Appellant on Mr Nikolay Kashevsky (hereinafter the "Player").
The festival opened with Screen Gems' Think Like A Man Too, produced by ABFF alumnus Will Packer (see feature in this issue), and hosted 12 world premieres over the course of the weekend including UP Network's Comeback Dad; Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee, a documentary on the art and activism of Dee and husband-partner Ossie Davis directed by their grandson, Muta'Ali; and Spike Lee's controversial, Kickstarter-financed film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.
In its 18th year, ABFF (www.abff.com) is one of the industry's most prominent film festivals celebrating black cinematic talent and introducing a range of new productions.
What are some films that have earned their wings at ABFF?
When the film was screened at the Urbanworld Film Festival and the ABFF, distributors expressed interest in releasing it as a direct-to-video feature.
Since then, the organization, which today is the Film Life and HBO American Black Film Festival (ABFF), has grown into the premier showcase for black filmmakers.
To combat the lack of distribution outlets, Jeff Friday, founder and CEO of Film Life, spearheaded the creation of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) to showcase black films and to attract distribution executives from major film studios.
Two recent developments may change that: Code Black signed a deal with 20th Century Fox's FoxFaith to release up to a dozen faith-based films with theatrical distribution for at least six films a year; while Warner Home Video and Film Life, the organizers of the American Black Film Festival, signed a deal in July to release festival entries and other "urban" titles in DVD format, under a special ABFF label.
Byron Lewis, founder, chairman, and CEO of UniWorld, and Warrington Hudlin, president of the Black Filmmakers Foundation, signed on and the three agreed to launch the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in 1997.
In 1997, the Acapulco (Mexico) Black Film Festival (ABFF) and the Urban World Film Festival (UWFF), held in New York, were the two latest additions to a plethora of black festivals held around the country (see sidebar).
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