The 24th annual American Black Film Festival will now be a virtual event due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The film festival will now be hosted online from August 21 to August 30. Originally, the festival was set to take place in Miami Beach this year from Oct 21 to Oct 25.

The majority of the virtual programming, which will consist of screenings from independent Black filmmakers, digital networking events and studio premieres, will be offered for free. Mary J. Blige will also serve as this year’s festival ambassador.

“While we will surely miss being with our ABFF community in Miami Beach this year and connecting in person, what truly binds us together is our shared commitment to ensure inclusion in Hollywood and sustaining a place of inspiration for diverse storytellers,” said ABFF Ventures CEO Jeff Friday in a statement. “We will persevere through this year and end up a stronger community on the other side of this crisis.”

The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news of this story.


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