2019 Highlights

Established in 1992, the Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – has remained dedicated to showcasing a broad spectrum of Black creative works; particularly, those that reinforce positive images and help to advance cultures, races and lifestyles.

Recognized as one of the largest, most prestigious Black film festival in the United States, PAFF is considered “ground zero” for Black film and entertainment communities and is a major cultural contributor to the vibrant, diverse and international reputation of the City of Los Angeles. Spanning 12 exciting days, PAFF has proven itself to be a must-see/must-do, family-friendly experience that caters to all ages, races, ethnic groups, education levels, gender identifications and income brackets.

With more than 100,000 annual festival-goers, which translates to over 90K art fest attendees, 40K film enthusiasts and 5000 students, annually; the statistics speak for themselves.

In 2019, PAFF received over 3,000 film submissions and ultimately unveiled nearly 200 high-quality films and hosted more than 100 fine artists and their creations. Storytellers, artists and artisans from all over the U.S., Canada, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the South Pacific––from 40 countries and 6 continents submitted a record number of digitals, shorts, documentary, and feature length films. Designated by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as an official qualifying film festival for live action and animation short films, PAFF is proud to announce that one of the short films in this year’s festival, SKIN, directed by Guy Nativ, won the Oscar for Live Action.

Founded in 1992 by Hollywood veterans Danny Glover (The Color Purple, Proud Mary), Ja’Net DuBois (Good Times) and Ayuko Babu (Executive Director), every February, PAFF has become the largest Black History Month event in the entire United States. USA Today selected PAFF as #3 in their 2015 list of 10 Best Film Festivals in the U.S.
PAFF showcases rare cinematic gems, red carpet screenings, filmmaker Q&A’s and some of the best industry panels and workshops. With VIP attendees ranging from A-List talent and industry professionals to music artists and YouTube and reality stars, PAFF is a micro- endorsement event where social content and media generating moments are created in sponsor branded environments.

In 2019, our theme was AMPAFFIED! What does it mean to be AMPAFFIED? We define it as a way to amplify and ignite the Pan-African experience through the next generation of storytelling and to increase cultural awareness while bridging diverse communities from the African diaspora.The 27th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival, which opened with a star-studded exclusive screening of Aretha Franklin’s legendary Amazing Grace concert film on February 7 at the Director’s Guild of America, wrapped up on February 18 by showcasing film and music from the next generation of filmmakers. The winners of the 2019 Pan African Filmmakers Awards were announced on the final day at the annual Filmmaker Brunch, followed by screenings with stars such as Common, Sherri Shepherd, Dante Brown and Xzibit.
The black experience is a diverse one, and no one celebrates that better than the “future forward” thinking PAFF. For over two decades PAFF has not only been an innovative leader, but has grown to become a relentless pioneer in exhibiting, highlighting and AMPAFFYING the multicultural diversity that is distinctly… OUR VOICE.