There were a multiplicity of factors that made the 2011 American Black Film Festival special and not just because the premiere African American movie fest was celebrating its 15th anniversary. The poignant, tear-filled tribute to pioneering producer-director-actor Keenan Ivory Wayans by his brothers and sisters and nephews was just one of those factors, along with the premiere of director Robert Townsend’s powerful urban drama In the Hive, complete accompanying real-life testimonials that included NBA legend Isiah Thomas. Other highlights include an acting seminar hosted by acting and directing icon Bill Duke, the genius behind Dark Girls, and the ABFF Honors program at the Jackie Gleason Theater in South Beach.

And this is just the beginning.

As we commence with the 16th  annual ABFF conference at the Ritz-Carlton, we take a look back at the best photos of ABFF 2011.

Terry Shropshire

I'm a lover of words, pictures, people and The Ohio State Buckeyes. A true journalist from the soul.