Special Programs

The PAFF Experience

Anchored in culture and community, PAFF continues to design impactful programming that goes beyond a showcase of films. For 26 years, special events and programs have entertained, educated, inspired and empowered anyone with a dream.


As one of the many exciting programs of the Pan African Film and Arts Festival, the PAFF Institute serves as a platform to amplify the voices of industry powerhouses, community influencers, sports figures, cultural icons, thought leaders and disruptors who seek to educate, inspire and empower those who desire personal and professional elevation.


Launched in 2018, #Talk4Reel lives under the umbrella of the PAFF Institute as an extended panel series, specifically for film and television enthusiasts. Featuring casts, top-of-the-line crew members and those making it happen in front and behind the camera for new and upcoming movies and television shows, #Talk4Reel digs deeper into the message, evolution and inner workings of what it takes to bring our stories to life!


For over two decades, PAFF has worked closely with Los Angeles schools to bring
in over 6,000 elementary, middle and high school students to attend PAFF. The program off ers a free showcase of films that introduces youth to conscious and creative filmmaking as well as content that deals with issues important to youth, such as teen pregnancy, AIDS prevention, literacy, cultural and racial respect, teen self-esteem and gang prevention.

Saturday Children’s Festival

Each year, PAFF’s Saturday Children’s Festival proves to be great fun for the entire family! Over 500 children, ages 4-12, and their parents enjoy FREE kid-friendly film screenings, storytelling
and activities all rooted in artistry of the cultures of Africa and its diaspora, making it the go-to event for family fun!

SpokenWord Fest

PAFF’s SpokenWORD Fest proudly features “Get Lit – Words Ignite,” LA’s leading literary & performing arts organization that increases literacy, empowers youth and inspires communities by fusing classic iconic poetry with original spoken word response pieces by young storytellers.

LOL Comedy

They say laughter is healing for the soul, and PAFF laughs are the perfect to make your soul smile! Hosted by famed comedian J. Anthony Brown at his J. Spot Comedy Club, PAFF holds a special LOL Comedy Night, each year, filled with pure hilarity and featuring some of the best comics in the game.

PAFF Fashion Show

Every year, the PAFF Fashion Show proves to be one of the most highly anticipated events of the festival. Featured as “Wearable Art on the Move,” the fashion extravaganza showcases the latest and greatest in African-inspired fashions provided by artists and designers exhibiting in the PAFF ArtFEST. Filled with beautiful women, handsome men and adorable kids, the experience features a “tour de force” in high fashion with an Afro touch!

Senior Connection

The Senior Connection is the most happening experience of the entire Pan African Film & Arts Festival! Packed with retired and active seniors (ages 62+), this program offers FREE, weekday afternoon
screenings of select festival films, and a chance to socialize, meet other seniors and get valuable information on
programs and opportunities that make the golden years even more awesome!

Filmmaker Awards Brunch

PAFF’s Filmmaker Awards Brunch is the perfect event to close out an exciting 12-day festival! A celebration of filmmakers, the experience features a catered brunch and the bestowing of coveted awards that are handmade works of art all by themselves – a majestic, reverse painted glass plate with intricate designs and a magnificent glossy finish as well as the PAFF staff, which is a regal, three-dimensional wood sculpture topped off with a silver logo that illustrates the legitimacy, capabilities, wisdom and praise of those who receive it.

Filmmakers Welcome Party

In life, we’re told to surround ourselves with like-minded people and the Filmmakers Welcome Party is the perfect place to do just that! The experience takes networking to a whole new level. Where else can you discuss and align with new projects while letting your hair down to enjoy a deserved beverage and party like a rock star?