American Black Film Festival (ABFF) has partnered with McDonald’s USA and director Malcom D. Lee (The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday) to develop the second annual ‘My Community’ Video Competition. The goal of the ‘My Community’ Video Competition partnership with ABFF is primarily to promote diversity in film and television.

“We are proud to partner with McDonald’s on bringing this opportunity to emerging content creators. Without a doubt, this competition is a catalyst for introducing undiscovered talent to the industry-at-large.” – Jeff Friday, ABFF Founder

To enter the contest, aspiring filmmakers will have to submit a 90 second video that revolves around the theme: “What does being deeply rooted in your community mean to you?” Three finalists will be chosen to attend the 20th Anniversary for ABFF this summer, and the winner will be selected by a panel of top tier industry executives. The winner will be awarded money for film equipment and their work will be featured on the ABFF website.

“I look forward to returning as mentor to the finalists in the McDonald’s ‘My Community’ Video Competition,” he said. “There is so much great talent out there in the film industry and it’s always inspiring to connect with them and hopefully do my part to support the next generation of great filmmakers.” – Malcom D. Lee

Richard T. Fields, a filmmaker born and raised in Prince George’s County, MD, won the competition last year with his short video Puppy Love.  Submissions for this year’s competition are due April 15.

ABFF is also in the process of accepting short films for consideration for the 2016 HBO Short Film Competition.

The deadline to submit is on April 1st only via  Each year five filmmakers are selected to screen their film at the American Black Film Festival, and one winner will be selected to receive the HBO Short Film Award and cash prize of $10,000.  The HBO Short Film Competition is regarded as one of the most prestigious short film showcases in the country.   Rules and regulations for this competition can be found HERE.

Check out the ABFF website for more details on both competitions.