World Showcase: The ABFF’s section for films (Narratives, Documentaries, Short Films) and other video content screened outside of the festivals main competitions. Films submitted for the Emerging Directors and Music In Motion categories will be included into this section.

Submissions closed


  • No minimum 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