Due to the current rise of COVID cases in Los Angeles County, the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) has announced that the festival will not take place February 8-21 as anticipated. The festival is exploring options to reschedule its 30th annual celebration for later in the year April 19 through May 1 in Los Angeles at its flagship venues the Directors Guild of America, Cinemark Baldwin Hills and XD and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.
In addition, over the course of the coming weeks, we will explore other ways to engage our community including hosting a virtual PAFF online experience to celebrate Black History Month.
We remain committed to doing our part to help protect our staff, attendees, exhibitors, and filmmakers. We also owe our partners and sponsors, who make a considerable investment in our festival, to act responsibly.
This is a postponement and not a cancellation. In place of the in-person PAFF, a plan is being put into place using a combination of video and live-streamed content to provide a virtual PAFF online experience to celebrate Black History Month. Additional details will be shared in the coming weeks. Sign up here to have updates emailed to you directly.
Finally, PAFF will be reaching out directly to filmmakers, exhibitors, and sponsors with more information on next steps.