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The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and Laugh Out Loud, the comedy network created by Kevin Hart and Lionsgate have announced a new partnership for a filmmaker fellowship showcasing exciting new comedic creative voices. The ABFF and Laugh Out Loud will take submissions for comedic narrative film ideas and scripts that are 5-10 minutes in length and feature diverse casts or have a broad appeal to multicultural audiences, with the top three films to receive a production budget and premiere slot at ABFF.

The ABFF and Laugh Out Loud Filmmaker Fellowship begins accepting submissions on March 1, 2018, ending on March 15, 2018. ABFF has a rich history of unique programs designed to identify and showcase talent, including directors, writers and other content creators.

After submissions close, a panel will select 20 semi-finalists based on a variety of criteria including creativity, comedic integrity, narrative ability, directing, budget restraints, and target demographic. Judges will then narrow down the list to 10 finalists who will be invited to pitch their submissions to a jury consisting of ABFF and Laugh Out Loud representatives. Ultimately, the judges will select three potential winners who will receive an opportunity to have their project produced by Laugh Out Loud, using a fund of up to $20,000 for each filmmaker, and will then premiere their film at the 22nd annual American Black Film Festival in Miami on June 13th-17th.

For complete submission details and to review all eligibility requirements for the ABFF and Laugh Out Loud Filmmaker Fellowship go to: http://abffventures.com/filmmakerfellowship/

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