Pan African Youths Film & Arts Festival is a live screening of films and display of Art in Lagos, Nigeria. This event is an amazing opportunity to promote African filmmakers, directors, writers, producers, actors, and African centered storylines to the world.

This Festival is a showcase, intended to exhibit the works of Creatives, Especially African Creatives to Nigerians and the world. The Festival intends to promote a Networking environment because we understand that Filmmaking is inherently collaborative. So we encourage all participating Creatives to see the Nominated works during voting week, after which a networking meeting will be done via Zoom For everyone to discuss and promote themselves.

Awards will be based on Voting. In the upcoming 2022 edition, Voting and Screening will be free for all. All Award winning categories will get a Certificate sent to them while The film with the highest votes gets the Best Film of the Festival Award Plaque.

Submissions will be judged by Award winning Filmmakers and professionals. The judge's top 5 films will also be selected for acknowledgement regardless of voting results.

All Photographs will be posted online for showcasing and Voting. The Best Screenplay will be presented with either a Live Action Performance of a scene or a short virtual production of a scene along with a Certificate.

Best Film (Highest Votes)
Best Animated Film
Best Animated Film (International)
Best Environmental Film (Local and International)
Best Comedy Film/Skit
Best Women Inspired Film/Documentary
Best Dramatic Horror/Thriller
Best Special Interest/Experimental Film
Best Special Interest/Experimental Film International
Best Feature Film
Best Singer/Songstress (Music in a Movie)
Best Photography
Best Cinematography Award
Best Director Award
Best Dramatic Short Film
Best Screenplay
Best Documentary
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Interactive Film

Rules & Terms
You DO NOT have to be an African to submit to the International Categories in the festival. However, all films entered for other categories must feature an African in at least one of the following roles:
Director, Writer, Lead Actor, Producer African focused storyline

All Non-English works should be subtitled in English

All Films submitted should have full permission to be screened to a public audience.

Pan African Youths Film And Arts Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Pan African Youths Film and Arts Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Sybil Jatta

    We are so grateful for this opportunity and so humbled that your most prestigious film festival selected our international award winning documentary feature film "AKWAABA The Awakening". We thank you and your team for supporting artists in making dreams come true. Our film...God's hands.

    January 2023
  • Nimefurahi na ninatarajia msimu mwengine kushiliki tena.

    October 2021
  • Mirvet Medini Kammoun

    very good experience for my movie

    July 2021
  • We were very honored with the selection of two of our films 28 DAYS by Jah├źna Louisin (Togo) and OUR NEIGHBORS by Delphine Kabore (Burkina Faso) at the 2021 edition of your festival. It was the first time that the films of these two young directors have been screened in Nigeria. We are glad that OUR NEIGHBORS has been selected as the Judge's Top 5 of the best short films in competition even if at the end the film has not received an award.
    Thanks to Nigerian film lovers and to the the festival organizing committee. We will not hesitate to come back with new productions ! See you soon :-)

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    We look forward to showcasing more productions from your team!

  • I was thrilled to have my short animated film "A Man Walks Into A Bank" selected and even more elated when it won it's category! The media for this festival was top class, really good, well done! And there was a Zoom meeting for all the film makers and the final award ceremony was broadcast live via Zoom too. They went to a lot of trouble to organise the venue with a red carpet, awesome branding etc, and live entertainment. The photography was professional too - you could see that A LOT of planning and effort had gone into this festival, and I was very impressed, as it was their first. Thank you again for the opportunity, and I hope to see you all again next year. Greetings from South Africa! :-)

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks James Whitelaw. We appreciate your participation in the Festival and Congratulations on your win! We look forward to having you at our future events.