Girls Trip (Universal/Will Pack Productions), starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Hadish, will debut as the opening night film for the 2017 American Black Film Festival (ABFF)!

Directed by Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man), Girls Trip follows four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing “to make the Big Easy blush.” Larenz Tate, Kate Walsh, Mike Colter and Kofi Siriboe co-star in the film, which is presented by The Motion Picture Association Of America (MPAA) at the fest. Kenya Barris (Black-ish) co-wrote the script with Tracy Oliver (Barbershop: The Next Cut). Packer Production’s James Lopez exec produced alongside Preston Holmes.

ABFF Ventures CEO and Founder Jeff Friday expressed his excitement with the opening film, “We deeply appreciate Senator Dodd and the MPAA team’s continued support of ABFF. Both MPAA and Universal Pictures are genuinely committed to supporting diversity in the motion-picture industry, and we are excited to premiere Girls Trip to the ABFF audience on opening night. The film is produced by ABFF alum Will Packer and starring, among others, this year’s ABFF ambassador, Regina Hall—as well as directed by longtime friend of the festival Malcolm D. Lee. We’ll also be following up the screening with a dynamic ‘ABFF First Look’ panel discussion the very next day: the perfect combination to start this year’s festival.”

ABFF will run from June 14-18 in Miami, Florida and Girls Trip is set to open nationwide July 21. Given ABFF’s mission to showcase quality filmmakers by creators of African descent and Girls Trip being led by an all Black female cast, this pairing is perfect! We look forward to seeing the film!

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