GIANTlife.com Interactive One’s definitive urban lifestyle brand for next generation tastemakers and Film Life’s 17th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) announced the selection of 8 semi-finalist filmmakers. Each of the young creatives competed for the opportunity to showcase their work to the Interactive One audience, who will review and cast their vote for a winner. The ABFF Webisode Challenge Presented by GIANTlife will profile each filmmaker and feature their webisode on the GIANTlife platform. Three finalists will be selected through online voting by the GIANTlife audience and have the opportunity to screen their webisode during ABFF, taking place June 19 ““ 23, 2013, in South Beach, Florida.
Film enthusiasts can visit GIANTlife.com to screen webisodes, submit their review, and cast their votes in the GIANT TV section of the website. Online voting for the ABFF Webisode Challenge will be available until midnight on May 23, 2013. The winner will be announced on June 22 at the festival’s Awards Ceremony, where a cash grand prize will be presented.
The content creators participating in this inaugural contest represent the next generation of talent, while the webisodes exemplify the diversity of stories that need to be shared. The complete list of semi-finalists for the 2013 ABFF Webisode Challenge include:
Deadstar, created by Brandon Wright
Downtown Girls, created and produced by Emebeit Beyene, Crystal Boyd, Chivonne Michelle and Chandra Russell
Hello Cupid, created by Ashley Blaine Featherson and Lena Waithe, directed by Dennis Dortch
Jackson & Lewis, created and directed by Pierre M. Coleman
Q’s One Night Stand, created and directed by Terrence L. Moore
RomieLoverFriends, created by Dennis Dortch and Numa Perrier
The Couple: Moo Moo, created by Jeanine Daniels and Dennis Dortch
The Unwritten Rules, created by Kim Williams and directed by Natasha Tash Gray
“The American Black Film Festival’s ongoing mission is to illuminate the work of emerging artists in front of and behind the camera. We couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with Interactive One and GIANTlife.com to provide an alternative distribution platform for this group of talented short form content creators,” says Jeff Friday, ABFF Founder & CEO, Film Life, Inc.
“GIANTlife has always provided a platform for introducing and nurturing the current innovators across entertainment. This partnership with ABFF plays directly into our sweet spot of launching whose next and giving our audience an opportunity to engage with these new players in compelling ways. We’re excited to support the next vanguard of content creators in their quest to share their work with the masses,” says Smokey Fontaine, Chief Content Officer, Interactive One.