HBO to award short pix kudos

Finalists' films to unspool

NEW YORK — HBO will present its third annual Short Film Award showcasing up-and-coming black filmmakers, during the Acapulco Black Film Festival.

Pics of the five finalists, selected by a panel of industry professionals, will be shown during the fest. Winner will be announced during the fest’s closing ceremonies and will receive a grand prize of $20,000. Entries must be works of fiction. HBO will also have the option of airing the five finalists’ films on HBO or Cinemax.

“We’re very pleased to be presenting this award once again at the ABFF,” said Olivia Smashum, senior VP of subscriber marketing and business development at HBO. “The competition and our ongoing partnership with the ABFF reinforces our continuing efforts to provide a platform that will introduce new talent to the film industry as well as the general public.”

The fourth annual Acapulco Black Film Festival will be held June 5-10. Established in 1997 to support black independent filmmaking, the fest has now become one of the premiere venues for acquiring black films for distribution. For more information about HBO’s Short Film Award, call (212) 219-7267 or download an application form at http://www.ABFF.com. Deadline for entries is March 1.

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