The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2018

American Black Film Festival

June 2019 / Miami, FL /

“You’ll be hard-pressed to find a sexier location than Miami Beach, especially in June,” says a panelist of American Black Film Festival’s tropical digs. (Naturally, moviemakers in Magic City for ABFF in 2018 raged at DJ sets in all-white attire, and at the fest’s closing night “It’s So Miami” bash on Ocean Drive.) A who’s who of Black entertainers and moviemakers gather at ABFF to celebrate film and television, and one of the things that differentiates the fest from others is that “it also caters to actors, with panels run by top-tier casting directors teaching thespians how to audition and navigate their career,” notes a panelist. Talks by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed, Black Panther) and master classes on “Becoming a Showrunner” and  “Film Financing” round out this well-rounded five-day fest.

The cast and crew of Superfly attend the film’s premiere at American Black Film Festival 2018. Photograph courtesy of American Black Film Festival

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  1. Sam

    August 18, 2018 at 10:16 am

    CiNEWORX is proud to Sponsor and Partner with SFF for 5 years running providing Digital Content (DCPS) for the Fest! Congrats SFF for making it 3 years running as one of the top 25 COOLEST FILM FESTIVALS to attend.

  2. ron

    July 10, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    How about calling it “Our reviewers 25 favorite festivals” — for these are festivals that your jury has presumably been to and likes — and that’s fine. To call it the world’s 25 coolest is a wee bit presumptuous, no?

  3. Duncan Putney

    July 9, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Have you heard about the Flickers – Children’s Hospitals International Film Festival (CHIFF)? This new and growing festival provides a free program of new and amazing short films to the patients of children’s hospitals in the US and Canada (and soon Europe) and its the kids who vote on the award winners at each two week hospital event. CHIFF is part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival. CHIFF was recently endorsed by the US Surgeon General who said that great films are great medicine. How cool is that? You can find CHIFF on Facebook and Twitter using @FlickersCHIFF.

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