ABFF declares 2023 HBO Quick Movie Finalists, Sequence, and Voices of Tradition picks

The American Black Movie Pageant has formally introduced the choice of finalists who will compete in its annual HBO Quick Movie Award Showcase in addition to its Sequence and Voices in Tradition lineups, solely to theGrio.

As theGrio beforehand reported, ABFF will as soon as once more return to South Seashore, Miami, this June for its twenty seventh 12 months. Now a staple on the competition, the HBO Quick Movie Award Showcase was first launched 25 years in the past and is now held as probably the most prestigious brief movie competitions throughout the globe.

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Nicole Friday, president & COO of ABFF Ventures, Janelle Monáe and Jeff Friday, founder & CEO of ABFF Ventures, attend the fifth American Black Movie Pageant Honors: A Celebration of Excellence in Hollywood at 1 Lodge West Hollywood on March 5, 2023, in West Hollywood, California. (Photograph by Jemal Countess/Getty Photographs)

Nicole Friday, president, COO ABFF Ventures and competition producer, shared in a press release, “Now we have curated a various lineup of genuine tales created by proficient artists that give visibility to Black creatives within the trade. Over 25 years in the past, we launched the HBO Quick Movie Award, spotlighting groundbreaking filmmakers and elevating Black content material for mainstream audiences to expertise.  Many dynamic storytellers have been part of the ABFF neighborhood, and we’re proud to proceed our legacy of showcasing gifted creators.”  

The 5 chosen filmmakers will collect on the competition subsequent month, the place one grand prize winner might be chosen on Saturday, June 17, within the Miami Seashore Conference Middle. On the occasion hosted by Sirius XM’s Bevy Smith, the winner will win the HBO Quick Movie Award and a money prize of $10,000. Take a look at the official finalists under:

Radio Silence (written by Nakia Secrest and directed by Ric Serena )

As a profitable radio DJ, Tracey made a profession out of her love for music and its connection to the human expertise. However when confronted along with her mom’s sickness, she is pressured to reevaluate her personal life. Divided between the hauntingly lovely recollections of her previous, fears of the long run, and the painful realities of her current, she provides herself the final word problem — a broadcast of reconciliation. USA | 2023 | 20 minutes

Jelly (written and directed by Anndi Jinelle Liggett)

Jelly is a younger Black woman in Mattress-Stuy with a peculiar fascination with dying. Whereas attempting to unravel the mysterious case of a lacking neighbor, she involves phrases with a extra private disappearance. Narrated by André Holland. USA | 2023 | 10 minutes

Fathead (written and directed by c. Craig Patterson)

When one of many final free youngsters of Junkyard Paradise has her brother stolen away from her, no ragamuffin military or vicious beasts will cease her from getting him again. USA | 2023 | 20 minutes

Restoration Chain (written and directed by Quamé A. Hamlin )

After being evicted by his mom, a rebellious teen should adapt to life together with his distant father and his father’s new household. USA | 2022 | 17 minutes

Jerome (written and directed by Gianfranco Fernández-Ruiz )

Basketball connects Jerome to his long-absent father, although not within the methods he needs. As he wrestles together with his personal idea of household, he should confront his father’s legacy on and off the court docket. USA | 2023 | 14 minutes

ABFF additionally introduced its “Sequence” competitors finalists of short-form episodic tv submissions. Take a look at these picks under:

Being Alex *World Premiere (USA | 11 min)

Written and directed by Christopher J. Love 

Bloom Room *U.S. Pageant Premiere (Canada | 8 min)

Directed by Tristen Sutherland, Christian Anderson, Yasmijin Nicolle, Sochima Nwakaeze and Ajhanis Charley

Written by Tristen Sutherland, Christian Anderson, Yasmijin Nicolle, Sochima Nwakaeze, Ajhanis Charley, Maryan Haye, Anthony Meeks and Yonas Ogubu

Buzz Kill *World Premiere USA | 15 min

A charismatic and chubby Black queer millennial’s life is shaken up when romance, profession and household points collide.  

Directed by Jessie B. Evans

Written by Jessie B. Evans and Terrance “Mo County” Williams

Criblore: A Horror Anthology *World Premiere (USA | 14 min)

Written and directed by Lucien Christian Adderley and Richard “Byrd” Wilson 

Dolla Van USA | 9 min

Directed by Gabriel A. Tolliver

Written by Gabriel A. Tolliver and Vinay Chowdry

I Was a Soul Practice Dancer USA | 11 min

Written and directed by Timiza Sanyika

I’ll Make You Higher: Thomas Jules, Knicks Fan Counselor *U.S. Pageant Premiere USA | 2 min

Directed by Andrew Edghill

Written by Andrew Edghill and Lee O. Valentin  

Love Trial *U.S. Pageant Premiere USA | 15 min

Written and directed by Brandon Henderson

Shadowboxing – Spherical 1 *World Premiere USA | 15 min

Directed by Mo McRae 

Written by Mustafa Speaks 

The Federation *World Premiere USA | 15 min

Flex Unimaginable navigates the explosive world {of professional} wrestling within the Nineties, the place the road between fantasy and actuality is subjective in additional methods than one. 

Written and directed by Kola Olasiji

The Lesbian Homie USA | 10 min

A person tries to neglect his current previous failed poisonous situationship by pursuing one other girl who he finds to have plenty of the identical traits and perspective because the earlier girl…..Déjà vu possibly? 

Directed by Jahdai Pickett

Written by Jahdai Pickett and J. Antonio Figueroa

The Desk *World Premiere USA | 12 min

The journey of London and Ed’s relationship is informed over seven years primarily at their eating room desk. 

Directed by Caralene Robinson, Jamal Hodge and Crystal Whaley

Written by Caralene Robinson and Nina Simone Moore 

Third Wheel Materials USA | 11 min

When a perpetual third wheel struggles to seek out love and a way of belonging, he decides to ask his two greatest associates, a pair, for assist. 

Written and directed by Lyandre Pierre

Wallflower *World Premiere Canada | 15 min

Directed by Tristan Barrocks

Written by Safia Bartholomew and Kern Carter 

“Voices of Tradition” is a non-competitive part of narrative brief movies on the competition. See the 2023 picks under:

Bizarro World *World Premiere USA | 8 min

Six unrelated, humorous, absurd tales, shot in and round L.A. 

Directed by Jonathan Salmon and Abdi Ibrahim 

Blackifier *World Premiere USA | 15 min

Directed by Christian Kamaal 

Written by Jalen Younger

Burning Rubber *U.S. Pageant Premiere USA | 7 min

Directed by Chris Fequiere 

Written by Dara King 

Chidera *World Premiere 

USA | 18 min

Directed by Sope Aluko and Adaora Nwandu-Earl 

Fifty-four Days UK | 18 min

Directed by Cat White and Phoebe Torrance

Written by Cat White

Grown USA | 18 min

Written and directed by Jocko Sims

Love Faucets *World Premiere USA | 14 min

Written and directed by Derrick Woodyard

Monochromatic *World Premiere UK | 13 min

Written and directed by Karen Bryson

Oba *World Premiere UK | 11min

Written and directed by Femi Ladi

Pema France | 19 min

Written and directed by Victoria Neto

Port of a Prince USA/Haiti | 15 min

Written and directed by JR Aristide

Reunion *World Premiere USA | 16 min

Directed by Zainab Jah and Tim Naylor

Written by Tim Naylor and Zainab Jah 

Any person *World Premiere USA | 12 min

Directed by JoJoe Earley

Written by Ava Mone’t

Converse Up Brotha! USA | 15 min

Directed by Wes Andre Goodrich

Written by Roderick Lawrence, Obbie West and James J. Johnson

The Fairchild 

USA | 15 min

Written and directed by Danny Rogers

TikTok Challenged USA | 9 min

Written and directed by Ivan Rome

Welcome to Afrotree USA | 21 min

Written and directed by Chase Parker

ABFF runs June 14–18 in Miami Seashore, with the digital competition streaming June 19–25 on ABFF Play. Head to the official website right here for more information.

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