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“BELLE” PAFF-ATL Closing Night Film



Director: Amma Asante (UK/Narrative Feature/2013/105min)
Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son and aspiring lawyer, who wants to help abolish slavery. He and Belle attempt to influence Lord Mansfield, who in his role as Lord Chief Justice of England, is presiding over the important Somerset Case, which marked the beginning of the struggle to abolish slavery in 18th Century England and throughout the British Empire, which at that time included the American Colonies. Stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson.

“Belle” has received positive reviews from the industries top critics. “Belle” has been revered as being a theatrical narrative that gives a broader glimpse into some of the historic socioeconomic conflicts regarding class, race and gender.

Closing Night Schedule

2:30p to 4:30p
Pre-Screening Reception with Filmmaker Amma Asante and Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw with talk by Dr. Gerald Horne
Location: National Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Atlanta
Enjoy a late lunch with Filmmaker Amma Asante and Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw and be treated to the comments of Historian and Scholar Dr. Gerald Horne who will speak on the significance of Lord Mansfield and the Somerset Decision which marked the beginning of the abolition of slavery in England and the effects of that decision in the British colonies in the Americas.

5:00p Red Carpet
Location: The Plaza Theatre

5:40p Screening of “Belle”
Location: The Plaza Theatre

7:25p Conversation With Director Amma Asante and Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Award-winning filmmaker and Spelman Professor Ayoka Chenzira will lead a conversation with Director Amma Asante and Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Dr. Gerald Horne, author of an important new book, Counter-revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America (New York University Press, 2014), will be on hand to contextualize the historical, political and legal ramifications of the Somerset Decision depicted in the film.

Don’t miss out on this incredible night. Purchase your tickets early.


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Event sponsored by
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“SUPREMACY” PAFF-ATL Opening Night Film


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Director: Deon Taylor (US/Narrative Feature/2014/114min)
Based on a true story. On the day he is paroled from prison, a white supremacist and his ruthless girlfriend kill a cop. While authorities cordon off the neighborhood, the couple breaks into a house and takes a black family hostage. Over a long night of terror, a subtle psychological struggle ensues between the family patriarch, an ornery ex-con himself, and the convict as the patriarch must rely on his wit and understanding of the racist mind to find a plan to free his family, but not before he confronts his own brand of bigotry and anger. Stars Danny Glover, Joe Anderson, Dawn Olivieri , Derek Luke, Evan Ross, Lela Rochon, Mahershala Ali and Anson Mount.


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Opening Night Schedule

6:30p Red Carpet
Location: The Plaza Theatre

7:25p Screening of “Supremacy”
Location: The Plaza Theatre

10:00p After Party
Location: Flip Burger Boutique, 664 Highland NE Atlanta 30306

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with Actor Danny Glover and Director Deon Taylor.

Supremacy-director_smDirector/Filmmaker Deon Taylor brings life to the racially charged physiological independent
 drama Supremacy. After a successful career in the horror/thriller genre (his Hidden Empire Films is responsible for noted projects like Seventy Five, Night Tales and Chain Letter), Taylor decided it was time to move genres and was looking for a meaty drama with important themes and messages. When producer Vincent Cirrincione asked Taylor to
read Supremacy (inspired by actual events) he knew he had found his passion project.

Twinkie Byrd Monologue Slam


Saturday, August 9 @ 5pm - 10pm


PAFF proudly presents…

What is Twinkie Byrd’s Monologue Slam? It’s a contest for actors who compete to perform their monologue live in front of Celebrity Casting Director, Twinkie Byrd, and her panel of Celebrity Judges (actors, agents and producers) at the Pan African Film Festival-Atlanta.

Submission Deadline Finalist Announced By
Wed. August 6, 2014 Thurs. August 7, 2014

Location: TBA

Who is Twinkie Byrd?

Celebrity Casting Director Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd is a Brooklyn-born and raised casting director with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. Madonna, the Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Katy Perry are among the artists who have counted on Byrd to find talent who can bring their songs to life on the small screen. Byrd has the vision to spot actors who can bring complicated and nuanced storylines from page to motion picture. Her work on Stomp the Yard, The Blind Side, Notorious, Jumping the Broom and Sparkle prove as much. Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd has spent decades channeling her super power of finding the perfect person for every character.

Byrd’s gut feeling translates to magic on the screen. When Sparkle hit theatres last August, Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd proved once again that she knows films, gets actors, and she understands characters. “It is my trifecta,” she says of the film that she calls one of the most amazing experiences of her life. “It is a musical, it is a period piece, it is a remake.” Terrance J and Derek Luke shared the screen, Tika Sumpter continued her road of success and the film marked the last time audiences saw the amazing Whitney Houston in a major motion picture. It is another casting about which Twinkie had no doubts.

One of her keys to success is her belief that no project is too big or too small. She has worked on a number of independent and student projects including Ryan Coogler’s Fig, which appeared on HBO. Twinkie also worked with Ryan Coogler on the Sundance & Cannes winning film Fruitvale Station. With her feet planted firmly in multiple worlds, Byrd often surprises producers and directors with her spot-on casting and leaves them exclaiming, “Where’d you find this actor?”

Today, actors and producers alike are drawn to Byrd’s warm spirit. While she notes that people ultimately work with people they like, it is her hard work, attention to detail, and demand for quality that has sustained her in such a tumultuous industry for more than two decades.

What is a Monologue? A monologue is an uninterrupted speech by one actor in a play or movie, or as part of a theatrical or broadcast program.

How to Enter:
To enter the competition there is a $45 entry fee.  All entries must be submitted through YouTube.

Upload to YouTube a video 2 minutes or less of a monologue for your type.  You can use your cell phone, iPhone, iPad, webcam, FlipCam, etc.  No professional video shoots!

  • -Pay submission fee
  • -Email the YouTube link to your video along with your PAYPAL TRACKING ID NUMBER to faye@paff.org.
  • -Make sure your video sounds and looks clear and crisp.
  • -Choose a monologue for your TYPE, from a Film (because its a Film Festival!!!)
  • -Deadline for submissions is Wed. July 23rd, 2014.
  • -Announcement of finalists is Thurs. July 31, 2014.

What’s a “Type”?
Your type is when using your characteristics, what it looks or seems like you would do for a living or can naturally portray (i.e. Doctor, Lawyer, Leading Lady, Leading Man, Detective, Police Officer, Nurse, Teacher etc).

What happens next?
Twinkie Byrd will review all the entries and select 25 finalist actors to perform their monologue live at the 2014 Pan African Film Festival Atlanta.

All of the videos submitted will be showcased on the Pan African Film Festival’s YouTube Channel on Twinkie Byrd’s Monologue Slam Playlist. One lucky actor will be chosen by the public.  The actor who garners the most LIKES will be “The People’s Choice” and will perform live at the 2014 Pan African Film Festival.

The Finalists:
The twenty-five (25) lucky actors plus “The People’s Choice” actor will perform their monologue at Twinkie Byrd’s Monologue Slam at the 2014 Pan African Film Festival. The live Slam will be held on Saturday, August 9th at 5:00pm at a location TBA in Atlanta, GA.  The finalists will perform in front of a panel of celebrity judges and a live audience.  The panel will also give each actor feedback on their performance, as well as share audition tips and techniques.

Prizes:
Twinkie Byrd and the celebrity judging panel will select a grand prize winner, 1st and 2nd runner up who will win prize packages of actor services and products TBA.

Questions?
TWITTER:
@Twinkie_Byrd OR @paffnow

FACEBOOK:
Fans of Twinkie Byrd Casting https://www.facebook.com/groups/64525084035/ OR Pan African Film Festival  https://www.facebook.com/PAFF1992

PAFF Returns to Atlanta



The Pan African Film Festival returns to Atlanta August 7-10, 2014!

What:   
55 New Black Films from the World Over
Industry Panels & Workshops lead by Industry Professionals

When:   Thursday, August 7 – Sunday, August 10, 2014

Where: 
Films:       Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Panels & Workshops:   TBA

Special Screenings

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OPENING NIGHT
August 7 @ 7:25p
Based on a true story. On the day he is paroled from prison, a white supremacist and his ruthless girlfriend kill a cop. While authorities cordon off the neighborhood, the couple breaks into a house and takes a black family hostage. Stars Danny Glover, Joe Anderson, Dawn Olivieri , Derek Luke, Evan Ross, Lela Rochon, Mahershala Ali and Anson Mount.

 

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CLOSING NIGHT
August 10 @ 5:40p
Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson.

 

PRICES (subject to tax and service fees)

PASSES

All-Fest Pass*
$175
(Allows admission to all festival screenings & events)
Day Pass*
$30
(Allows admission to all regular screenings for 1 day – does not allow entry into Special Screening, Special Events, or Twinkie Byrd Monologue Slam)

REGULAR SCREENINGS

Adult
$12.00
Student w/ID
$10.00
Seniors-62+
$8.00
Children-under 12 years
$6.00

SPECIAL SCREENING PRICES

Opening Night Gala
$15.00 (Screening Only)
 
$35.00 (Screening & after-party)
Closing Night
$20.00 (Screening Only)
 
$75.00 (Pre-screening Reception + Screening)
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$15.00 (All Tickets)
PANEL TICKETS
$12.00 (each panel)
Twinkie Byrd Monologue Slam
$45.00
TBMS + Actor Panel
$50.00

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS & PASSES

Purchase Tickets online:
(All tickets purchased online include a service fee)

Select Film Tickets at:
Select Panel Tickets at:
Select Special Event Tickets at:

Purchase Passes* online:
(*Passes guarantee seating up to 15 minutes before Film, Event or Panel listed start time.)

All-Fest Pass*
$175

(Allows admission to all festival screenings & events)

Day Pass*
$30

(Allows admission to all regular screenings for 1 day – does not allow entry into Special Screening, Special Events, or Twinkie Byrd Monologue Slam)

Plaza Theatre Box Office:

Purchase all Tickets & Passes beginning August 6

Box Office Hours:
Thursday, August 7
12p-10p
 
Friday, August 8
12p-10p
 
Saturday, August 9
11a-10p
 
Sunday, August 10
12p-10p

Note: Panel Tickets will also be available at the Door.

PAFF Films Amongst 2014 AMA-Award Winners



The Pan African Film festival is a proud partner of the African Movie Academy Awards(AMAA). PAFF Executive Director, Ayuko Babu, and Director of Programming, Asantewa Olatunji, are permanent members of the AMAA jury. The award ceremony took place this weekend in the capital city of Bayelsa State, Yenagoa.

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PAFF would like to send a special congratulations to those films who were a part of our 2014 film line up who received AMA-Awards:

 

“Of Good Report” (South Africa)
2014 AMA-AWARD FOR BEST FILM
2014 AMA-AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SCREENPLAY
2014 AMA-AWARD FOR AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR- Jamil XT Qubeka
2014 AMA-AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE-Mothusi Magano
2014 AMA-AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG/ PROMISING ACTOR-Petronella Tshuma

“Through the Lens Darkly : Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People” (USA)
2014 AMA-AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA DOCUMENTARY

“Kingston Paradise” (Jamaica)
2014 AMA-AWARD FOR DIASPORA FEATURE

“Khumba” (South Africa)
2014 AMAA AWARD FOR BEST ANIMATION

“B for Boy” (Nigeria)
2014 AMA Ousmane Sembene AWARD FOR BEST FILM IN AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE
ENDOWMENT AWARD: President Joyce Banda Award for Best Film on Women Empowerment

“Passage” (Bahamas)
2014 AMA-AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA SHORT

“Felix” (South Africa)
2014 AMA-AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE-Thapelo Mofekeng

“The Forgotten Kingdom” (South Africa)
2014 AMA-AWARD FOR BEST CHILD ACTOR-Lebohang Ntsane
2014 AMA-AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND
2014 AMA-AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

 
Other AMA-Award Winners:

THE EFERE OZAKO AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM
“Dialemi”  – Gabon

THE 2014 AMA-AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
“Hamoubeya: The Sand Fisher” – (Mali)
AND
“Portraits of a Lone Farmer” – (Nigeria/Denmark)

THE 2014 AMA-AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
“Northern Affair” – Ghana

THE 2014 AMA-AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN  
“Nisisi” – Kenya

THE 2014 AMA-AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP
“Once Upon A Road Trip” – South Africa

THE 2014 AMA-AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUNDTRACK
“Onye Ozi” – Nigeria/UK

THE 2014 AMA-AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECT
“A Mile From Home” – Nigeria

THE 2014 AMA-AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
“Potomanto” – Ghana

THE BAYELSA STATE GOVERNMENT ENDOWED AWARD FOR BEST NIGERIAN FILM
“Accident” – Nigeria

THE 2014 AMA-AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE 
Patience Ozokwo – “After the Proposal” – Nigeria

THE 2014 AMA-AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE 
Clarion Chukwura – “Apaye” – Nigeria

THE 2014 AMA-AWARD FOR BEST FIRST FEATURE FILM BY A DIRECTOR
Harrikrishna & Sharvan Anenden – “The Children of Troumaron” – Mauritious

ENDOWED AWARD:
Madiba Award for Film That Promotes Nelson Mandela’s Ideal
“NiSiSi”
 
Source: http://ama-awards.com/news/amaa-2014-winners-celebrated-yenagoa-nigeria
 
ABOUT AMAA
The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) is an offshoot of the Africa Film Academy. The Academy, founded on the best film tradition, is geared towards research, training and propagating filmmaking in Africa.

Established in 2005, AMAA aims to facilitate the development and relevance of African film & cinema by providing a rewards & recognition platform for film makers on the continent. African film makers work hard with very little and have, not through serendipity but through sheer audacity, managed to build the 3rd largest film industry in the world.

Today, African films serve as a link for Africans in the Diaspora with Africans at home. These films have the potential to serve as a shared collective experience, a reminder that Africa is a vibrant continent filled with colour, energy and possibility.

Of Good Report Wins As PAFF 2014 Best Feature Film



Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s “Of Good Report” was a smash hit at the 2014 Pan African Film Festival where it for Best Feature Film. “Of Good Report” was a solid PAFF 2014′s opening night film. The audience was wowed by its compelling, black-and-white narrative.

Film Synopsis
After engaging in an illicit affair with one of his pupils, English teacher Parker Sithole spirals into an abyss of obsession that eventually turns to murder

A cinephile’s passionate homage to classic film noir, Of Good Report is an evocative yet humorous story about a demented teacher’s attempt and getting away with the murder of a teenage beauty queen. .

The film is a serial killer origins story about how a social misfit turns into an inadequate man hellbent on satisfying his shameful lust. It is Little Red Riding Hood, told from the wolf’s perspective.

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What Critics Are Saying
The reviews for “Of Good Report” have been consistently strong among the critics. The PAFF 2014 jury had little problem giving highest honors to a film that showcased such cinematic grace and mastery.

Variety said:

A jovial tone is struck in the closing credits of Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s striking but grisly “Of Good Report”: As animated devils brighten the screen, a disclaimer advises that any relation the narrative might bear to real events “is purely coincidental, honest, LOL.” That might leave viewers uncertain how seriously to take a film that, for all its black-comic stylings, deals in few laughing matters. As obsessive student-teacher romance swerves wildly into splattery horror, this aggressively directed pic covers sufficiently uncharted territory for South African cinema to have earned itself a local ban ahead of its Durban fest premiere in July; wholly unjustified and swiftly reversed, it has nonetheless earned “Report” an unruly reputation that is already serving it well on the international festival circuit… Read more at Variety

IndieWire said:

Rich in symbolism and pop culture references that underscore the film’s themes, or protagonist’s state of mind (like a survey of his bedroom, ending with a shot of a magazine cover with American serial killer TV series Dexter), Of Good Report is held steady by an assured hand in Qubeka – a South Africa-set contemporary cinematic adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita (a novel already considered controversial) with its own killer twist…Read more at IndieWire

2014 PAFF Filmmaker’s Award Winners



The jury is in! Here are the winners of the 2014 Pan African Film Festival Filmmaker’s Awards! Congratulations to all the winning films! If you missed the nominees, check them out HERE!

2014 Award Winners

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Best Feature Narrative
Of Good Report
South Africa
Director: Jahmil X.T. Qubeka
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Special Jury Recognition
Confusion Na Wa
Nigeria
Director: Kenneth Gyang
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Best Director – First Feature Narrative
The Forgotten Kingdom
Lesotho/South Africa
Director: Andrew Mudge
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Sp. Jury Recognition – Director – First Feature Narrative
Felix
South Africa
Director: Roberta Durrant
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Best Documentary
Freedom Summer
United States
Director: Stanley Nelson
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Sp. Jury Recognition – Documentary
Small Small Thing
United States
Director: Jessica Vale
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Best Narrative Short
Freedom Road
South Africa
Director: Shane Vermooten
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Special Jury Recog.- Short
Sketch
United States
Director: Stephen T. Barton

Festival Programmers’ Award – Narrative Feature
Kingston Paradise
Jamaica
Director: Mary Wells

Festival Programmers’ Award – Documentary
Through A Lens Darkly
United States
Director: Thomas Allen Harris
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Festival Founders’ Award – Narrative
Blackbird
United States
Director: Patrik-Ian Polk

Festival Founders’ Award-Documentary
Brothers Hypnotic
Netherlands/US
Director: Reuben Atlas
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CAPRI Capital Partners Award
The Magic City
United States
Director: R. Malcolm Jones
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Audience Award—Documentary
Inner City Champions
United States
Director: Kenneth Taylor

Audience Award — Narrative Feature
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United States
Director: Tommy Oliver
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BAFTA L.A. Prize
Of Good Report
South Africa
Director: Jahmil X.T. Qubeka

12 Years A Slave Special Screening


At the PAFF StudentFest


Above: Teachers and students gather at PAFF StudentFest to watch the critically acclaimed film, 12 Years a Slave, with the films director Steve McQueen (center) and PAFF executive director Ayuko Babu (right).

The students sat in awe as they watched the story of a free African American man from New York, Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who was drugged, kidnapped, and forced into slavery for twelve years. His name was later changed to “Platt” and was sold to slave owner William Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch).  Although they had a relatively good relationship with one another, jealousy from Ford’s friend John Tibeats (Paul Dano) towards Northrup because of his engineering skills caused him to be ridiculed, beaten, and nearly killed.  After saving Northrup’s life and realizing that he was no longer safe to stay with him, Ford sold Northrup to another slave owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender).
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Above: Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years a Slave, speaking to students at StudentFest after the screening.

Epps was crueler and used the bible to justify why Northrup is a slave. Epps was fond of one of his female slaves, Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o), which caused her to be raped repeatedly by Epps and harassed by Epps wife. At one point, Northrup was forced to whip Patsey. When he refused to whip harder, Epps took the whip from him and decided to whip her himself.  Northrup would seek the help of carpenter named Bass (Brad Pitt) to mail a letter on his behalf to a friend in New York to prove he was a free man. Bass decided to help him, knowing he was putting his own life at risk. This would lead to a sheriff meeting Northrup to ask about his New York life and eventually gaining his freedom back.

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Above: Students at StudentFest listen attentively to 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen after the screening of the film.

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After the screening, Steve McQueen was there in person to meet the kids and answer their questions about the film and his inspiration about directing such a powerful piece.  Students and teachers alike gave McQueen their full attention as he responded to all of their questions.

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PAFF Films Amongst 2014 AMA-Award Winners

AMAA

The Pan African Film festival is a proud partner of the African Movie Academy Awards(AMAA). PAFF Executive Director, Ayuko Babu, and Director of Programming, Asantewa Olatunji, are permanent members of the AMAA jury. The award ceremony took place this weekend in the capital city of Bayelsa State, Yenagoa. PAFF would like to send a special congratulations… Read more »

Of Good Report Wins As PAFF 2014 Best Feature Film

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Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s “Of Good Report” was a smash hit at the 2014 Pan African Film Festival where it for Best Feature Film. “Of Good Report” was a solid PAFF 2014′s opening night film. The audience was wowed by its compelling, black-and-white narrative. Film Synopsis After engaging in an illicit affair with one of his… Read more »

2014 PAFF Filmmaker’s Award Winners

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The jury is in! Here are the winners of the 2014 Pan African Film Festival Filmmaker’s Awards! Congratulations to all the winning films! If you missed the nominees, check them out HERE! 2014 Award Winners Best Feature Narrative Of Good Report South Africa Director: Jahmil X.T. Qubeka Special Jury Recognition Confusion Na Wa Nigeria Director: Kenneth Gyang Best Director… Read more »

12 Years A Slave Special Screening

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Above: Teachers and students gather at PAFF StudentFest to watch the critically acclaimed film, 12 Years a Slave, with the films director Steve McQueen (center) and PAFF executive director Ayuko Babu (right). The students sat in awe as they watched the story of a free African American man from New York, Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor)… Read more »