GMC (Gospel Music Channel) is partnering with the American Black Film Festival for a competition to develop faith- and family-oriented screenplays.

The ABFF will solicit entries for “GMC’s Faith and Family Screenplay Competition,” principally through its website, and then a GMC-appointed panel will review and choose three finalists. That trio will have portions of their screenplays performed by actors in front of a live audience at the 2011 ABFF, scheduled for July 6-9 in Miami, before a final winner is chosen..

“GMC’s partnership with ABFF is an ideal way for us to further strengthen awareness of GMC among the creative community,” GMC marketing veep Wendy McCoy said. “There are millions of stories out there that bind and uplift families, and we want to hear them.”

Added GMC vice chairman Brad Siegel: “So many of the faith and family scripts and movies tend to center around the church. We welcome those stories, but also want the creative community to look for relevant, contemporary, slice-of-life depictions that organically incorporate faith elements while appealing to broad audiences.”

GMC, which reaches 48 million homes via DirecTV, Verizon FiOs and cable systems, will also screen an original movie at the festival.

The ABFF was founded in 1997. The 2011 event supports multiple talent challenges, including the HBO Short Film Competition, the Nickelodeon Writer’s Script Review and the Star Project, presented by Film Life, which owns and operates the ABFF.