Miami, Fl - Film Life, Inc., in partnership with the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA) and the Office of Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, announces the kickoff of the ABFF-SEOPW CRA Community Showcase, calling for Miami filmmakers to submit films for this year’s showcase titled “Films Over Miami.”

The showcase, highlighting Miami’s emerging filmmakers, will take place on Sunday, June 23, 2013, at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach during the 17th annual American Black Film Festival.

The ABFF-SEOPW CRA Community Showcase was launched in 2009 with the goal of promoting Miami’s local film industry talents and the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Area to prospective investors and festival attendees alike. This year, the showcase will also make available to local youth from the community information on the disciplines and career opportunities that exist within the motion picture industry.

The showcase is sponsored in part by the SEOPW CRA as a redevelopment activity pursuant to its approved Community Redevelopment Plan.



Submissions must be received by May 10, 2013. Films submitted after the deadline will not be accepted or reviewed by the ABFF Screening Pane

  • Films must have been completed after January 1, 2012.
  • Each filmmaker is allowed to submit one film.
  • Films must not have had any commercial, theatrical, or television play in the United States.
  • All films with dialogue in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for ABFF-SEOPW CRA Community Showcase presentation.
  • Must submit two (2) DVD copies of the highest quality copy of your film clearly labeled with title and running time.
  • Must include a short synopsis of the film (80-100 words).
  • Must include respondent’s contact information, which shall include a contact name, phone number and email address.

Features: Minimum running time 72 minutes
Documentaries: Minimum running time 30 minutes
Shorts: Maximum running time 20 minutes
Webisodes: Maximum running time 5 minutes

Selected films will be premiered at “Films Over Miami,” an ABFF-SEOPW CRA Community Showcase, taking place at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach on Sunday, June 23, as part of the 17th annual American Black Film Festival. The winners would also receive passes to attend events at the festival and will be highlighted in a
post-festival release.

Mail completed submissions to: ABFF Films Over Miami Submission, c/o Film Life, P.O. Box 1975, New York, NY 10113

The SEOPW CRA is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Community Showcase for promotional purposes. Respondent submitting film in response to this solicitation hereby warrants that the SEOPW CRA is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

Respondent shall indemnify and hold harmless the City of Miami and the SEOPW CRA from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos submitted.

About ABFF
The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is a five-day retreat and international film market dedicated to strengthening the Black filmmaking community. Established in 1997, the core mission of the ABFF is to promote cultural diversity within the motion picture industry. Through its film showcases and special contests, it annually introduces the top echelon of emerging artists to the film and television industry.

The ABFF is a property of Film Life, Inc., a multifaceted entertainment company headquartered in New York City. The company was founded in 2001 by Jeff Friday, a veteran of the consumer product marketing and advertising industries. While best known for creating the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), Film Life’s operations center on developing/licensing innovative content across all forms of media and providing strategic advisory services to a wide range of companies in the entertainment, media and consumer product industries.

The American Black Film Festival will be held June 19 - 23, 2013. Festival passes and tickets are available for purchase at  

The SEOPW CRA was established pursuant to the Community Redevelopment Act of 1969 to eliminate conditions of slum and blight within designated areas of the Overtown and Park West neighborhoods. The SEOPW CRA operates from within the context of its Masterplan, which lists as redevelopment goals the promotion and marketing of the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Area and creating jobs within the community.

For more information on the SEOPW CRA, visit