The best of films from people of African descent in the US & around the world.

Actor Isaiah Washington (left), winner of Festival Founders’ Award for Blackbird and South African Director Jahmil X.T. Qubeka (right), winner of Best Feature Narrative at PAFF-LA 2014 and British Academy Film and Television Arts/LA (BAFTA/LA) Festival Choice Award for his film Of Good Report.

The Pan African Film Festival is currently accepting film submissions for 2015. Please review the dates below for all rules, restrictions, fees and deadlines.

Early Submissions Regular Submissions Late Submissions
Jul. 19 – Aug. 18 Aug. 19 – Oct. 31 Nov. 01 – Nov. 26
Features $30 $45 $75
Shorts $20 $30 $55

Important Note: Please note that the above dates are not postmark deadlines– they are the dates by which your submission MUST be received in our office! If your submission does not arrive by the deadline for which you have registered, you will be prompted to make an additional payment in order to bring your account up to date.


PAFF is the largest African American film festival in the United States dedicated to the exhibition of Black films. Each year PAFF exhibits more than 150 films made in the U.S., Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Latin America and Canada. In 2013, around 35,000 people from both the Industry and the public attended PAFF.
Location: Rave Cinemas 15 Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

2014 Award Winners

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

Festival Programmers’ Award – Narrative Feature
Kingston Paradise
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
United States
Director: Patrik-Ian Polk

Festival Founders’ Award-Documentary
Brothers Hypnotic
Director: Reuben Atlas
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
United States
Director: Tommy Oliver
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BAFTA L.A. Prize
Of Good Report
South Africa
Director: Jahmil X.T. Qubeka