May 2001



To develop and grow in the film industry is a constant task. You must seek opportunities and constantly stay on the radar of who’s doing what and what you need to be doing to get there. For the 5th consecutive year, the ACAPULCO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL is still considered one of the premiere events that you should attend. Click here, to visit their site OR Phone 212-219-7267 for more information.


The Acapulco Black Film Festival is a celebration of the cinematic work of Black filmmakers and artists. The ABFF offers a competitive showcase of independent Black cinema from around the world.

The festival’s retreat like atmosphere provides an intellectually charged environment for filmmakers, artists, industry executives, journalists and film enthusiasts to network and share information and ideas. The exciting backdrop of Acapulco makes this a week you do not want to miss. So if you want to know what’s going on and coming up in Black cinema, register now!

The Festival Offers:
  • Six days of intensive networking opportunities for emerging filmmakers, industry professionals and corporate sponsors.

  • Feature-length and short films that represent the best of independent Black cinema from around the world.

  • A comprehensive program of panel discussions, workshops and seminars offering "inside" information about the film industry.

  • Live entertainment, including stand-up comedy shows, concerts and parties at Acapulco's hottest nightclubs.

  • The Black Film Awards- the closing night show where Robert Townsend announces the winners of the Audience Awards and the annual tribute to the accomplishments of Blacks in Hollywood.

  • Each year the festival offers a variety of interesting and fun programs including films, substantive panels and workshops, and entertainment. The 2001 festival will include many of the following programs:
    • Films

      The festival features competitive screening of short, feature-length and work-in-progress films. Films compete for Audience Awards, peer awards and the HBO Short Film Award.
    • Panels

      Filmmakers, industry executives and artists explore contemporary issues in Hollywood and the Black film community. Past topics have included Alternative Theatrical Distribution, Women In Film, and Hip Hop Empowerment in Hollywood.
    • The Film Life Awards Show

      On the festival’s closing night, Robert Townsend hosts the Black Film Awards show where the festival presents awards to the winners of the Audience Awards for Best US Film, Best International Film and Best Work-in-Progress; the Lincoln Filmmakers Trophy, the HBO Short Film Award and the Coca-Cola Film Score Contest. Special ABFF Tributes will include the Byron E. Lewis Trailblazer Award, the Rising Star award and the Career Achievement Award.
    • Acapulco After Dark

      Live entertainment and exclusive nightly parties capture the excitement of Acapulco’s tropical nightlife.
    • Networking

      The festival offers many formal and informal opportunities for networking. The Networking Café and happy hours are daily opportunities for aspiring artists to meet and talk with the who’s who of Hollywood.
    • Special Program – Actors Boot Camp

      An intensive three-day workshop covering acting technique and the business of entertainment. For the past two years, the series has been instructed by actor/director Bill Duke and has received an overwhelming response. Separate registration required.