Social Impact Showcase (Black Fatherhood): Films accepted in this section will be featured in a special screening at the festival, which will be followed by a conversation with the directors.

The ABFF Social Impact Showcase is a new section dedicated to films based on cause-related themes relevant to communities of color. This year’s topic is Fatherhood: The Foundation of the Black Family. The goal is to change the narrative of black fathers by highlighting their presence, importance and contribution to the black family, and by extension, the black community, thereby positively affecting society’s view of the subject.

Submissions closed


  • Films must have a 30-minute maximum runtime
  • Section is open to US & international entries
  • Entrants must be 18 years of age or older
  • Writer, director, or producer must be a person of African descent, or the film content must have a multicultural perspective
  • Films must be in the English language or contain English-language subtitles
  • Films must have completed principal photography on or after January 1, 2018
  • Films that have been, or will be, broadcast or streamed on television or the internet, or released via any other public distribution platform (theatrical, Blu-ray, DVD, VOD, etc.) in any country prior to June 17, 2019, are not eligible for this category