2016 BET Experience, LA


When: Thursday, June 23- Sunday, June 26, 2016

Hot Spot: L.A. LIVE, Microsoft Theater, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

Deets: ABFF Encore at BET Experience, a programming partnership will be unveiled at the 2016 BET Experience @ L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® June 24-26. ABFF Encore at BET Experience will feature select films from the 2016 ABFF, along with master classes in a variety of disciplines including acting, directing and producing. The inaugural event will be held at the L.A. LIVE complex during the BET Experience, a four-day weekend showcasing the best in music, comedy, and entertainment culminating with the 16th annual “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Microsoft Theater.

As one of the leading film festivals in the world, the ABFF is committed to presenting quality films by and about people of African descent. Founded in 1997, this world class event has served as a vehicle to promote diversity and provide a platform for excellence within the film and television industry. This collaboration between ABFF and BET Networks – which also celebrates the wide-ranging talent of people of color – will provide attendees high-level access to the wealth of artistry that exists within this filmmaking community. 

ABFF Encore at BET Experience will commence on Friday, June 24th with the invite-only ABFF Winners Reception, to be hosted by ABFF’s founder, Jeff Friday, and will honor and recognize ABFF award-winning filmmakers. Other weekend events will include “The Ultimate Pitch” master class instructed by producer Robert Townsend and “Tasha Smith’s Actors Workshop” instructed by actress and producer Tasha Smith, as well as moderated ABFF Encore at BET Experience screenings followed by talk-back sessions with filmmakers. 

ABFF ENCORE at BET Experience Schedule of Events 

10AM – 1PM Robert Townsend’s The Ultimate Pitch / Master Class
Instructed by Robert Townsend 
Venue: JW Marriott /Georgia Room 

1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. How To Tell You’re A Douchebag (Screening)
Tahir Jetter (Director)
Regal LA Live Stadium 14 

3:30PM– 5:30 PM The Life of a Showrunner / Master Class
Speaker: Kenya Barris (Creator, “Blackish”) 
Venue: JW Marriott /Georgia Room 

6PM – 8PM Destined (Screening)
Qasim Basir (Director)
Regal LA Live Stadium 14

8:30PM – 10:30 PM Everything But A Man
Nnegest Likke (Director)
Regal LA Live Stadium 14 

SUNDAY, June 26
10AM – 1PM Tasha Smith’s Actors Workshop
Instructed by Tasha Smith 
Venue: JW Marriott /Georgia Room

To purchase tickets to ABFF ENCORE at BET Experience, visit BETExperience.com

For a limited time, download the BETX ’16 app powered by AT&T and register to receive a FREE day pass for all three ABFF Encore at BET Experience Film Screenings. 


THURSDAY, June 23, 2016
7:30PM: Katt Williams and Mike Epps
11PM: VIP Late Night Kick Off Party @ Conga Room, L.A. LIVE

FRIDAY, June 24, 2016

SATURDAY, June 25, 2016
11AM-1PM: Celebrity Basketball Game with Halftime Performance (SOLD OUT)- Featuring Doug Christie, Guy Dupuy, Nick Cannon, Marcellus Wiley, Snoop, Syd the Kid, Lecrae, Kenny Dobbs, Desiigner, Marsai Martin, Ty Doll, Nick Cannon, Lil Durk, Rotimi, Erica Ash, The Game, Miles Brown, OT Genasis, Young Greatness, Floyd Mayweather, Silento, Omarion, Meek Mill, Tank
1-3PM: Slam Dunk Contest (SOLD OUT)- Dunkers Brandon Lacue, Christon Staples, Guy Dupuy, Porter Maberry, Rafal "Lipek" Lipinski, Kenny Dobbs

1:30-5:30PM: Coca-Cola Music Studio- FREE
1:30PM- Kodie Shane

2:30PM- Jacquees

3:30PM- Chloe x Halle
4:30PM- Jovanie

2-3PM: BET Swag & Style Salon- FREE- with Vanessa Simmons, Rita McGhee, Timothy Snell, Pamela Watson, Darralynn Huston
3:15-3:45PM: Fashion and Beauty F in Fabulous Hair Tutorial- FREE- with Eny Oh, Stephon Mendoza, Savannah Lynx, Kamie Crawford

4-4:45PM: Genius Talks w/ DJ Khaled- FREE
4-5PM: Fashion and Beauty @BETX Fashion Show- FREE
5:30-6:30PM: Fashion & Beauty Toast to Success Panel & Meet & Greet- FREE with Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Lela Loren, Rotimi Akinosho, Kelley L. Carter
5:30-6:30PM: Genius Talks w/ Gabrielle Union- FREE

5:30-7:30PM: BETX Stage- FREE
5:30PM- Bibi Bourelly
5:50PM- Ro James
6:10PM- BJ the Chicago Kid

6-8PM: MTV Wild N Out w/ Nick Cannon- FREE

7-8PM: Genius Talks- The Moguls (Birdman, Snoop, Jermaine Dupri)- FREE

7:30PM: Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz present ColleGrove Fetty Wap, A$AP Ferg, Tory Lanez

SUNDAY, June 26, 2016
12-9PM: SneakerCon- FREE
12:45-1:30PM: BET Awards Red Carpet Look-In Special w/ Rae Sremmurd- FREE
1:30-2:30PM: Fashion and Beauty Meet & Greet w/Jessica White- FREE

1:30-2:30PM: BETX Stage- FREE
12:30- Jay Watts
1:45- Unlocking the Truth
2:10- Colonel Loud

1:30-2:30PM: Genius Talks w/Kirk Franklin- FREE

1:30-5:30PM: Coca-Cola Music Studio- FREE
1:30- Unlocking the Truth (Meet & Greet)
3:30- Candice Boyd
5PM- Detroit Che
6:30- Mindless Behavior

5:30-8PM: BETX Stage World of Dance Competition w/ Les Twins- FREE

5:30PM: “BET AWARDS” at Microsoft Theater
11PM: VIP Late Night Closing Party @ Conga Room


Who You May Spot: Katt Williams, Mike Epps, Usher, Bryson Tiller, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Fetty Wap, A$AP Ferg, Tory Lanez, and more!

Hint For The Average Socialite: General tickets for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® are now on sale. Single day STAPLES Center show tickets are priced as low as $49.50, while 3-day STAPLES Center concert ticket packages start at $148.50. Tickets will be available at http://www.axs.com/betexperience

VIP Packages for the BET Experience weekend are now on-sale. In addition to VIP amenities throughout the weekend and incredible seats for the STAPLES Center shows, three levels of BETX VIP Packages offer guests the only opportunity to purchase tickets to the highly anticipated BET Awards, broadcast live from Microsoft Theater. The 1,000+ VIP Packages sold out in 2015, so guests are encouraged to purchase now before the allotment is depleted. Full package amenities and pricing for the Diamond, Platinum and Gold VIP Packages can be found by visiting BETExperience.com or by calling (877) 234-8425. 

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