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Team allrites At American Black Film Festival 2024: Event Overview And Key Insights

allrites attends American Black Film Festival 2024

Team allrites attended the 28th American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in Miami Beach in June 2024, becoming a part of an annual celebration of black representation, talent, culture, and art on and off the television screen. In case you missed ABFF this year, here are some interesting takeaways we gathered.

Spotlight on Independent Black Filmmakers

A key highlight of this year's ABFF was the remarkable selection of films from independent black filmmakers. These films demonstrated the black community’s breadth of stories and experiences, characterized by unique perspectives and innovative storytelling techniques. Here are a couple of notable examples:

  • "Drip Like Coffee": This film captivated audiences with its evocative narrative and cmpelling performances, exploring themes of identity, love, and queer community.

  • "Black Heat": Another notable film, "Black Heat," offered a gripping story blending drama and social commentary, showcasing the talent and creativity of independent Black filmmakers.

The prominence of these films at ABFF underscores the festival's commitment to supporting independent creators and providing them with a platform to reach wider audiences. This focus enriches the festival’s diversity, making it a key event for discovering new talent and groundbreaking stories in the film industry. Interestingly, according to a 2023 report by the streaming platform Tubi, which has a sizable Black community, 71% of Gen Z and Millennial viewers are more inclined to support shows and films produced by independent and small-time creators, too.

The Appeal of Atlanta/Fulton County for TV Professionals 

The panel, “It’s All Location, Location, Location,” highlighted the growing trend of entertainment professionals moving to Atlanta/Fulton County, Georgia, an emerging hub for film, TV, and digital production. For black filmmakers and other artists of color, the initiatives of the Fulton County Arts Council provide essential support that can aid in the creation and promotion of their works. The council's commitment to diversity and inclusivity ensures that black filmmakers have access to funding, networking opportunities, and exposure through film programs and arts events. It's no wonder the state of Georgia is often called "The Hollywood of the South."

Key Factors Contributing to Atlanta/Fulton County’s Appeal:

Affordable Living: The region offers a cost-effective living environment compared to other major entertainment hubs. Crew wages, production costs, housing costs, and the general cost of living are all lower in Atlanta than in LA or New York.

Enticing Film Tax Credits: Georgia's government provides substantial tax incentives for film and TV productions, making it financially attractive for producers and studios. The state offers a 30% credit on film and TV production costs, which has been used to subsidize hundreds of productions, including hits like “Stranger Things,” “The Walking Dead,” and Marvel’s “Black Panther.” The credit has transformed Atlanta into a major production hub, competing not only with California and New York but also with the U.K. and Canada.

Year-Round Ideal Climate: Favorable weather conditions allow continuous production activities throughout the year without the risk of unexpected delays and additional costs.

The panel, moderated by Shaunya Chavis-Rucker, featured insights from industry professionals:

  • Javon Johnson: An actor who shared his positive experiences working on the BET series “The Oval.”

  • Kaye Singleton: A producer highlighting the benefits of relocating to Fulton County.

  • Rogirl: A YouTube social sensation who discussed why Atlanta has become a home for many creatives.

Their discussions emphasized the synergy between the local environment and the entertainment industry, illustrating why Atlanta/Fulton County is becoming a preferred destination for filmmakers, actors, and other industry professionals. The region’s supportive ecosystem encourages creatives to live, work, play, and stay, fostering a vibrant and dynamic community.


As the curtains fell on the 28th ABFF, team allrites not only witnessed but became part of the pulsating heart of black cinema that beats stronger each year. Beyond the screenings, the festival painted a vivid picture of a burgeoning film landscape in Atlanta, revealing both its allure and its promise as a sanctuary for creators of color. Our journey through the festival was more than an accumulation of insights—it was a vibrant celebration of culture and a resounding affirmation of the infinite potential within the world of black filmmaking. 

About American Black Film Festival

Established in 1997, ABFF has become a vital platform for showcasing film and television content by and about people of African descent. The festival is crucial in empowering emerging black artists and fostering resource sharing, education, and collaboration. Drawing over 5,000 live attendees and over 35,000 virtual participants from 123 countries, the festival features Hollywood releases, studio premieres, independent films, master classes, panels, talent showcases, and networking events.

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