On Thursday, February 19, 2017, The Pan African Film Festival opened for its 25th year as a festival that screens the most black films in an 11-day period. The Art show opens at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw mall displaying over 100+ fine and commercial artists. The red carpet opened at 6pm with guests that included Imani Hakim, Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard who was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award. Nick Cannon’s King of the Dancehall screened at the DGA to a standing room only audience and afterward he answered questions from the audience.
The screening was followed by a Jamaica-themed party with DJ Kora spinning the tunes for the well over 700+ people in attendance.
The following Friday morning, DGA played host to a Filmmakers brunch that included Neema Barnett as its keynote speaker. All of the filmmakers were invited to attend and share their DGA stories including Carl Seaton and many others and later that afternoon She’s Got A Plan premiered with a Red Carpet.
Sunday, PAFF played host to two hour “A Conversation with Alfre Woodard,”; moderated by Taelor Blackwell from PAFF Media partner LA Sentinel before an audience of 200 people.
On Saturday PAFF hosted a series of Children’s FEST screenings sponsored by Disney and Rogers and Cowen. Throughout the day, kids were engaged with interactive activities throughout the Baldwin Hills Mall.
Highlighted panel discussion throughout the week included “Breaking into the Business,” and “From Idea to 4-K.” Filmmakers got another chance to network at the Filmmakers party Monday evening.
StudentFEST also began at the head of the week with film screenings and Q&A’s targeted to the high school audience; including Fences and Queen of Katwe.
On Tuesday February 14, PAFF celebrated Valentines Day with A Spoken Word event housed in the branded tent on the 2nd floor of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw parking deck. Providing an intimate setting outside of the theater surrounding.
Midway through the festival on Wednesday, TV One screened it’s Media, feature film by Cathy Hughes as PAFF’s Centerpiece exhibition to a standing room audience and overflowing red carpet.
On Thursday Netflix’s screened their Burning Sands films independently produced by Reginald Hudlin and Stephanie Allain, both in attendance. The red carpet and screening began at 6pm ending at 10pm.
On Friday, Jim Brown screened his long awaited documentary, AMER-I-CAN Dream before an eager audience and on Saturday PAFF played host to Sanaa Lathan in “A Conversation With Sanaa Lathan,” moderated by LA Times entertainment reporter Tre’Vell Anderson. Soon after, a panel called “The Revolution will be Televised,” explored the ins and outs of Black TV programming. Ending the evening with a riveted conversation with the new female characters of WGN’s Underground Season 2 and it’s creator Misha Green who was awarded the Beah Richards award.
93 Days also had a red carpet and screening before a sold out audience.
Sunday’s main event was the fashion show with over 10 brands displaying their collections before an eager audience at the mall and of course the Closing Night film, Trey Haley’s A Preachers Son, which had a red carpet, screening and after party before a standing room only theater audience.
The last day of the festival included a Filmmakers Award ceremony and two sold out screenings of Chasing Trane:The John Coltrane Ducumentary