PAFF Submission Information & Guidelines
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 150 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 2017, 40,000+ people from both the Industry and the public attended PAFF. The 26th Annual PAFF, which will take place in Los Angeles February 8-19, 2018.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences designated PAFF as an official qualifying film festival for live action and animation short films. USA Today selected PAFF as #3 in their 2015 list of 10 Best Film Festivals in the U.S.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO SUBMIT TO PAFF?
DOES PAFF HAVE A FILM COMPETITION?
Yes. PAFF Official Competition categories are: Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary, Best Director-First Narrative Feature, Audience Favorite Narrative Feature and Audience Favorite Documentary. With the exception of Audience Favorites, an independent jury panel made up of industry professionals judges all films in Official Competition. Films in Official Competition must be copyrighted no earlier than 2016. In addition to Official Competition Awards, there are a number of programmer’s and special festival awards.
You send your screener to PAFF through an online link. There is a place in the online application that requests the address of your link and password. DVD screeners are accepted by prior approval only. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request approval.
WHAT ARE PAFF’S SUBMISSION DEADLINES & ENTRY FEES?
DEADLINES AND FEES
WHEN AND HOW WILL I BE NOTIFIED IF MY FILM IS ACCEPTED?
IF MY FILM IS ACCEPTED, WHAT PROJECTION FORMAT WILL PAFF ACCEPT?