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.

Official (Jury) Prizes:

Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Short Narrative
Best Short Documentary
Best Director - First Feature Narrative
Best Screenplay
Best Webseries
Best Stand-Up Comedian
Best Music Video

Audience Favorites

Programmers' Awards

Festival Director Awards

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO SUBMIT TO PAFF?
• PAFF accepts films and videos made by and/or about people of African descent. (Filmmaker needn't be of African descent.) Preferably, films should depict positive or realistic images.
• Films can be of any genre -- drama, comedy, horror, adventure, animation, romance, science fiction, experimental, etc. PAFF accepts features and shorts; narratives and documentaries.
• All submissions must be in English or have English subtitles.
• PAFF will accept the submissions of works in progress. However, your submission must be sufficiently complete to allow our programmers to follow the storyline and be able to make a decision. We will only accept one work-in-progress version of your film, so please make sure to make it your best shot. (If you expect your final version to be 90 minutes, a 45-minute rough cut is probably not acceptable.) Also, whenever possible, you should provide an on-screen description of missing scenes.

IF MY FILM IS ACCEPTED, WHAT PROJECTION FORMAT WILL PAFF ACCEPT?
• PAFF's host theatre is all-digital. The only accepted projection formats for Feature Films are DCP, online link and Blu-Ray. For Short Films you will be asked to submit an online link. We may also accept DCP and BluRay depending on program needs.
• If there are any updates for projection formats, you will receive them with your acceptance notification.
• We will accept DVDs only when no other format is available and only as a last resort. DVDs are strongly discouraged because they are unreliable for public presentation due to skipping, stopping and other playback defects.
• PAFF will not accept watermarked films for public presentation.

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  • john eddins

    Thank you Pan African FF! It was an honor to be selected. The PAFF was the first to recognize my film. They were organized and they kept everyone in the loop. The workshops & panels were very informative starting with the Directors Guild breakfast. I can't wait to come with another project.

    July 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you John.

    We do appreiate your feedback and are thrilled that you enjoyed PAFF. We are looking forward to working with you in the future.

  • Joshua Jackson

    Really great festival and great people.

    March 2018
  • Fred Dom

    Thank you for the platform you are and the opportunity you offer us and all my team to be at the heart of the information of festivals around the world.
    We were in good conditions in the sets. thank you and force for the future

    February 2018
  • Andoni Monforte

    We had a unique experience at PAFF and felt as if we were at home. Moreover, interesant opportunities for our documentary are poping up thanks to being presented at the Official Section of the festival.
    Thanks to all PAFF team for being so kind and for giving voice to non mainstream social, commercial and political injustices.

    February 2018
  • gillian scott-ward

    PAFF was absolutely one of the best festivals I have ever been a part of. The festival took place at Rave cinema's and your film can be shown in a "real" theatre! Our film was playing next door to The Shape of Water and across the hall from Black Panther!! It was an exciting opportunity. They treat filmmakers with respect, have wonderful events for us to attend and in general create a professional environment. Thanks so much, PAFF. I will 100% recommend to all filmmakers. - Gillian Scott-Ward, Dir: Back to Natural.

    February 2018