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The Pan African Film Festival

7 February - 18 February 2019


Contact: Asantewa Olatunji

E-mail: ao@paff.org

Phone: +1 (310) 337-4737

Fax: +1 (310) 337-4736

Address: 6820 LaTijera Blvd. Suite #200
Los Angeles
CA
90045
USA

Festival website

  • About
  • Submission Info

Did you know each year a transformation happens in Los Angeles, CA? People from around the globe gather to attend the largest and most prestigeous Black film festival in the United States. From 100 million dollar blockbuster premieres to newly emerging Hollywood talent, The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) showcases a broad array of Black creative works from the world-over, highlighting those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes. Nowhere else can audiences find this unique opportunity to come together through film and art to explore new worlds, meet new people and acquire new information and ideas.

PAFF is also designated as an official qualifying film festival for narrative live action and animated short films for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Venerated by tens of thousands every year, PAFF screens more than 175 new films, across 6 screens in state of the art digital projection to the delight of an audience of sophisticated movie lovers. PAFF’s audience loves PAFF and PAFF love them. Each year PAFF becomes a pilgrimage for attendees that hail from all over the United States and the World! Known for its industry panels, special events and great parties, we invite filmmakers to take this one of a kind opportunity to connect to their core audience and experience the special magic of PAFF.

Did we mention celebrities? Celeb sightings: Denzel Washington, Sidney Poitier, Danny Glover, Idris Elba, Mo’Nique, Kevin Hart, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jamie Foxx, Forest Whitaker, Phylicia Rashad, Lou Gossett, Jr., Issa Rae, Taraji P. Henson, Trevor Noah, David Oweloyo, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Majid Michel, Alfre Woodard, Blair Underwood, Kerry Washington, Nate Parker, Salli Richardson, Dorian Missick, Jesse Williams, Michael Ealy, Anthony Anderson, Omotola, Boris Kodjoe, Whoopi Goldberg, Omari Hardwick, Chadwick Boseman, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Shia LaBeouf, CCH Pounder, Omar Epps, Regina King, Sanaa Lathan, John Legend, Tika Sumpter, Tim Roth, Van Vicker, Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Wesley Snipes, Meagan Good, Loretta Devine, Bill Duke, Lisa Raye, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Hill Harper, Mario Van Peebles, Eriq LaSalle, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Sharon Leal, Stacey Dash, Billy Dee Williams, Terrence Howard, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Omar Benson Miller, Isaiah Washington, Joy Bryant, Regina Hall, Jussie Smollett, Robert Townsend, Ja’Net Dubois, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Djimon Hounsou, Glynn Turman, Vivica Fox, Kimberly Elise, Don Cheadle and the list goes on and on.

Theme(s): Films made by and/or about people of African descent.

Year established: 1992

Is this festival exclusively animation?: No - this is a film festival


Submission deadline:
1 November 2018

Entry fee:
(US Dollar) $$35-$75

Categories:

  • Best Short
  • Best Feature-First Time Director
  • Audience Favorite-Feature Narrative
  • Audience Favorite-Documentary
  • Audience Favorite-Short Narrative.
  • Animated Short

Submission methods:

  • FilmFreeway
  • Online Link (& Password)
  • Online Upload (via festival site)

Requirements:
Film copyright must be within 2 years of current festival year. Therefore, we will accept films with a copyright of 2017, 2018 or 2019

Festival recognised by: (what does this mean?)

  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
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