This post originally appeared on the Turner blog

Turner recently launched a three-year partnership with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) as part of its commitment to expand opportunities to storytellers of all backgrounds.

As a premier sponsor of this year’s festival, Turner hosted a variety of events, including a recruitment fair, executive skills session, collaborative workshop with ABFF on VR content, and an exclusive screening of TNT’s new original series Claws, from executive producer Janine Sherman Barrios and starring Karrueche Tran and Judy Reyes.

ABFF and Turner also announced two winners of the inaugural ABFF & Turner Writing Contest. Both winners received a cash prize, an all-expenses-paid trip to ABFF in Miami and met with TBS and TNT programming executives.

Now in its 20th year, ABFF has become one of the world's leading festivals to celebrate independent filmmakers, actors and Black cinema, annually attracting several thousand attendees. Turner’s investment with ABFF is part of its effort to support emerging artists and elevate a range of diverse voices and perspectives on and off camera.

For more information on diversity and inclusion at Turner, visit: www.turner.com/diversity.