& The 17th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Announce Semi-Finalists In The ABFF Webisode Challenge & The 17th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Announce
                Semi-Finalists In The ABFF Webisode Challenge


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NEW YORK, May 21, 2013

NEW YORK, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Interactive One's
definitive urban lifestyle brand for next generation tastemakers and Film
Life's 17^th 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,

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Film enthusiasts can visit 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

"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 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.

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Interactive One was launched by Radio One, Inc. in 2008 to complement Radio
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About The American Black Film Festival (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. For more information

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