Confirmed workshops include Nailing Your Audition and Financing Independent Films

NEW YORK – The 22nd Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) takes place in Miami from June 13-17. The well-attended annual festival has become known for its informative Master Class series, which are intense workshops designed to help emerging artists hone the craft of film-making in various disciplines. The festival recently announced that two the industry’s top experts including Glendon Palmer, SVP of Development and Production at Global Road Entertainment and casting director, Kimberly Hardin, will lead two of the classes.

Glendon Palmer is heading the “Master Class: Film Financing” session, which will instruct indie filmmakers on getting their dramatic and/or documentary feature films financed. This class will provide insider perspectives and frank advice on what it takes to get indie pictures made, as well as how ever-changing technologies, distribution windows, alternative financing opportunities, and working with other countries, impact the financing process.

Palmer is the Executive Producer of Southside with You, Fifty Shades of Black, and Jumping the Broom.

Casting director Kimberly Hardin will teach the “Master Class: Nailing Your Audition” session, which will focus on preparation, how to audition and how to own the room. Hardin’s casting credits includes Cadillac Records, Think Like a Man and Snowfall. Her workshop will demonstrate a comprehensive pragmatic approach to gaining employment, understanding pay rates/contracts, mastering one line and “under-five” auditions, and maintaining a positive attitude, while navigating the business.

Master class tickets are sold separately from the festival passes. They are currently available for purchase at Festival passes are on sale now at, offering three different levels of access to festival events. Questions regarding registration should be directed to