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ArtFest 2015 Now Accepting Submissions



PAFF ArtFest is now accepting submissions. Over 100 established and emerging fine artists and quality craftspeople from the US and the world over whose artistic aesthetic is rooted in Africa and its Diaspora present their creative works using oil on canvas, watercolor and pastels, acrylic paper, glass, ceramics, metal, cloth, plastic, wax, wire, leather, stone and more. The art show brings out over 70,000+ visitors from Los Angeles, across the country and around the world. Artists will present fine art and photography, one-of-a-kind craft art, designer and traditional fashions, jewelry, home decor, fashion accessories. There will be something for every taste and every budget.

Ready to submit? Click here to download the ArtFest application.

“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 Zong and Somerset Cases, 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.
Online tickets are no longer available. For tickets, check box office.

“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 Zong and Somerset Decisions 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 Zong and Somerset Decisions depicted in the film.

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

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.

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.

PAFF Returns to Atlanta



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

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
Online tickets are no longer available. For tickets, check box office.

(Allows admission to all festival screenings & events)

Day Pass*
$30
Online tickets are no longer available. For tickets, check box office.

(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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ArtFest 2015 Now Accepting Submissions

ArtFest

PAFF ArtFest is now accepting submissions. Over 100 established and emerging fine artists and quality craftspeople from the US and the world over whose artistic aesthetic is rooted in Africa and its Diaspora present their creative works using oil on canvas, watercolor and pastels, acrylic paper, glass, ceramics, metal, cloth, plastic, wax, wire, leather, stone… Read more »

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 »