By Natasha

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Major movie news for you film buffs! “Best Man Holiday” director Malcolm D. Lee and “Think Like A Man” Executive Producer are making moves. Deets inside…

TheYBF.com is serving as the official 2015 ABFF (American Black Film Festival) media sponsor, so we’ve got deets on one of the MANY events going down. During the festival this June, which has named Taraji P. Henson as its celebrity ambassador, blockbuster director Malcolm D. Lee (Best Man, Best Man Holiday) is set to offer up his skills to a few lucky filmmakers.

ABFF has teamed up McDonald’s USA are joining forces to launch the McDonald’s Lovin’ Video Competition. As part of the new “Lovin” campaign, up-and-coming filmmakers are challenged to create one 90-second film that brings to life McDonald’s philosophy that, “A little more lovin’ can change a lot.” So what do the filmmaker contestants have to look forward to?

Three finalists will be selected to attend the 19th annual American Black Film Festival in New York City, June 11 -14 and have an exclusive opportunity to be mentored by critically-acclaimed film director Malcolm D. Lee.

Aspiring filmmakers nationwide are encouraged to enter their best, original submissions by 11:59 p.m. Eastern March 24, 2015, for their chance to win the grand prize and earn accolades from film industry leaders. Three finalists will be selected to attend the 19th annual American Black Film Festival in New York City, June 11 -14 and have an exclusive opportunity to be mentored by critically-acclaimed film director Malcolm D. Lee, who will provide the finalists with invaluable film industry tips and advice.

The top three short films will premiere at the highly-anticipated festival and will be judged by a panel of industry experts. Each submission will be critiqued on creativity, implementation of concept and quality. In the end, only one finalist will take home the grand prize — a film equipment package valued at $2,500 and an opportunity to have their film featured on prominent websites, including McDonald’s, 365Black.com and other media entities.

Malcolm said about the opportunity:

“I’m honored to mentor our next generation of aspiring filmmakers through ‘Lovin’ Video Competition’,” said Malcolm D. Lee. “Many have mentored and guided me along my journey to make an impact in film, and it’s important for all of us to do our part to bring the next generation up.”

We love when YBFers give back to the up and coming stars in the making!

Get your specially priced tix for the celeb-packed 2015 ABFF in NYC at ABFF.com, and use promo code YBF2015 at checkout! See you there!

In other YBF film news, it looks like former EBONY Editor Mitzi Miller has already landed on her feet. Rainforest Entertainment CEO and Think Like A Man Too Executive Producer Rob Hardy just hired the Miller as his Head of Development, a role he specifically created for her.

Miller, who co-wrote The Vow which was turned into the Lifetime movie With This Ring, left EBONY to pursue film passions. It looks like more films we all love will be created under the Rainforest umbrella with her calling many of the shots.

Hardy, who directed an episode of “Empire” in its first season, focuses on scripted and unscripted digital, tv and film works through Rainforest. And we’re sure plenty more fab films like TLAM, This Christmas, Ride Along and more are in the works with partner Will Packer.

“There is an increasing demand from viewers for diverse, authentic content and I’m excited to develop new stories that resonate with these audiences,” said Miller in a press statement.

Congrats!

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