ABFF and VH1 have announced the launch of a new program that will identify promising content creators of non-fiction TV with exceptional show ideas.

The Unscripted Storytelling Workshop, hosted by VH1, is focused on teaching the business of non-fiction content on television, and how to develop a compelling pitch. Up to five finalists will participate in a workshop which will take place during the 20th annual American Black Film Festival, June 18-19 in Miami, FL.

“The Unscripted Storytelling Workshop, hosted by VH1, is the latest addition to the American Black Film Festival’s Talent Discovery Programs. Unscripted television has asserted itself across the globe as one of the most popular forms of TV, and VH1 is undeniably a leader within the space. We are committed to building inroads for today’s emerging content creators, pavingthe way for future innovation,” says Melanie Sharee, ABFF Programming Director.

The program is open to U.S. residents, of African descent, age 21 and older.

Each entrant must submit a treatment comprised of the following:

-Title: A dynamic title to represent your central idea.

-Logline: A one or two sentence statement of the idea being proposed (circa 25 words)

-Synopsis: A three-paragraph synopsis outlining the idea in more detail (circa 300-500 words).

-Episodes:  (Optional) A top line episode storyline summary (circa 500-1000 words).

-Characters:  (Optional) Short descriptive outlines for each of the main characters (circa 100 words each)

“VH1 is a champion for diversity of talent both in front of and behind the camera. We are thrilled to partner with ABFF in this inaugural endeavor to motivate and cultivate a new generation of storytellers in the documentary and reality space,” states Caralene Robinson, VH1’s Executive Vice President, Creative Group and Consumer Marketing.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 20, 2016.  Visit http://www.abff.com/non-fiction-storytelling-workshop/ for full submission guidelines and entry form.

For more information about the American Black Film Festival, log on to www.ABFF.com.