ABOUT THE FILM LIFE FOUNDATION

Film Life Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by American Black Film Festival creators Jeff and Nicole Friday. Based in Los Angeles, the organization is dedicated to spearheading diversity and inclusion initiatives in the entertainment industry as well as bringing people of different backgrounds, cultures and perspectives closer together using the transformative medium of film.

Through its cause-oriented programs Social Justice, Education & Professional Development and Arts & Cultural Exchange the foundation will work with underrepresented artists while aiming to bridge the gap and spark engagement between people of African descent and the broader society. The foundation also provides scholarships, grants and other resources to inspire and support minority students interested in pursuing careers in film and television in front of and behind the camera.

For more than two decades, co-founders Jeff and Nicole Friday have worked to create opportunities for people of color in the film industry. They have played a vital role in strengthening the black film community and advancing the careers of many relatively unknown emerging artists, introducing them to the industry at-large. Through the American Black Film Festival, launched in 1997, they provided a platform that showcased the early work of many of the industry’s most successful actors and content creators including Omari Hardwick (Power), Issa Rae (Insecure), Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II), Will Packer (Girls Trip) and Ben Watkins (Hand of God), to name a few.

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