MIAMI BEACH (CBS4) — The 15th American Black Film Festival kicks off Wednesday, bringing films, workshops and networking events to Miami Beach.

The festival will begin with the red-carpet premiere of “In The Hive” directed by Robert Townsend. The closing awards ceremony will honor actor Keenan Ivory Wayans for his achievements in television and on the big screen.

Workshops include a master class in screenwriting by Brown Sugar screenwriter Michael Elliot, an “idea pitch’’ class with Robert Townsend, and a three-day acting boot camp with actor Bill Duke.

The festival’s main venue will be the Ritz Carlton South Beach, but movie screenings take place at several South Beach venues: the Colony Theater, Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater and Miami Beach Cinematheque.

There’s also a question and answer session with “Boyz n the Hood” director John Singleton on Thursday. He’ll discuss the impact the 1991 film had on the film industry.

The festival runs Wednesday through Saturday and allows for emerging filmmakers to showcase their work through short-film and documentary competitions

Most screenings are open to the public, with tickets priced at $12. All-festival passes are priced $450-$1,500; parties and other events are also priced individually. For the complete schedule and list of events, visit


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