The official submission deadline for the 32nd edition of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) is September 1, 2023. The extended deadline to submit for shorts and web series is October 1, 2023, featurettes on October 5, 2023, and features on October 15, 2023.
PAFF will take place from February 6-19, 2024, in Los Angeles. For three decades, PAFF has presented and showcased a broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes of Africans and African-Americans. Since 1992, PAFF has remained dedicated to the promotion of Black stories and images through the exhibition of film, visual art, and other creative expression. Today, PAFF is the largest and most prestigious Black film festival in the U.S. and attracts local, national, and international audiences. In addition, it is an Oscar-qualifying festival for animation and live-action short films, and one of the largest Black History Month events in America.
Additional information about deadlines, submission rules, regulations, and eligibility is available on filmfreeway.com/thepanafricanfilmfestival.
PAFF 2023, which took place February 9-20, featured over 170 films from 40 countries, in 19 languages, including 50 World and 22 North American premieres. Of the films selected for the Festival, 39% were helmed by female, queer, or non-binary filmmakers.