The Pan African Film Festival is the largest film festival in the United States dedicated to the exhibition of Black films. Each year PAFF exhibits more than 170 films made by and/or about people of African descent made in the U.S., Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Latin America, Canada and Asia. In 2018, 40,000+ people from both the industry and the public attended PAFF. The 27th Annual PAFF will take place in Los Angeles February 7-18, 2019.
Submit Your Screener – On the online application, make sure to provide the requested video link information as well as a valid password. PAFF prefers either Vimeo or YouTube as a submission format. Programmers are not allowed to download films into their computers. Video link submissions must remain active until February 19, 2019, or until you are notified that your film has not been accepted. If you change the password to your link, you MUST send a new valid password by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Failure to do so may eliminate your film from consideration.
Submit Application – When you have completed the application, you must pay the submission fee and hit the “Submit Your Application” button. You will be notified that your submission is completed. If you do not receive confirmation of submission, please go back and make sure that you have completed all required fields. If you need further assistance please contact email@example.com.
DVD screeners are accepted by prior approval only. Please contact submissions@PAFF.org to request approval. If you receive permission to send a DVD, you will still be required to fill out the online application and pay your application fee online.
All films submitted to PAFF with a usable online link and password (or DVD) are previewed from start to finish by at least one member of the PAFF programming staff. No film can be included for screening at PAFF without having been previewed by one of our programmers.