Special Programs


For over two decades, PAFF has worked closely with Los Angeles schools to bring
over 5,000 elementary, middle and high school students each year to attend PAFF. The program offers a free showcase of films that introduce 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.

Fri, Feb 14 and Tue-Fri, Feb 18-21 @ 10:00AM
Selected screenings for students.
Coordinators: Sherrese Moise, Jamal Speakes, Cassandra Epps

Another Red, White
Black & Blue Odyssey
Behind the Movement
First Rainbow Coalition
Hear No Evil
Kings of Mulberry Street
The Lion King
Baxu and the Giants
Hair Love
Once in a Hundred Years: The Life and Legacy of Marion Anderson

Saturday Children’s Festival

Sat, Feb 15 and Sat, Feb 22 @ 10:00am
Screenings & workshops for children 4-12 years and their parents
Films: The Lion King w/ Dear Basketball | Spider-Verse w/ Hair Love
Workshops: Join members of the Los Angeles Lakers for fun and lot’s of FREE Lakers gear. Interactive activities with Los Angeles artists and craftspeople
Location: Workshop: BHC Bridge (2nd level)
FREE. Sponsored by The Lakers Youth Foundation. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Coordinators: Sherrese Moise, Linda Bronson

SpokenWord Fest

A Special Evening of the Hottest, Hippest Spoken Word Artists ANYWHERE!
Sunday, Feb 16; 6:00pm-9:00pm, The Bridge BHC 3650 MLK, Jr. Bl L.A. 90008

SpokenWord Auditions:
Sunday, Jan 26; 2:00pm-5:00pm, Community Room BHC

Ticket prices will be $15 in advance and $20 at door.

PAFF LOL – Comedy Night

Thu, Feb 20 @ 9:00pm–11:00pm
Catch some of America’s Funniest Young Comedians. Featuring funny man David Arnold.
Location: The J Spot 5581 W. Manchester Ave. Los Angeles 90045 (310) 337-9057
Tickets: $20.00 (Advance) $30.00 (Door) (Cover + 2 drink minimum)

PAFF Fashion Show

Sun, Feb 16 @ 2:00pm-4:00pm
Wearable Art on the Move! Join the PAFF wearable art artists for a “tour de force” in high fashion with an Afro-touch.

Produced by Karimu,
Ngoma & Deveaux
Location: BHC Bridge (2nd level)

Senior Connections

Senior Connections 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!

Selected Screenings for Seniors (62+ years):

Thu, Feb 13 @12:15p King of Boys Fri
Feb 14 @1:25p The Bling Lagosians
Tue, Feb 18 @1:25p Maasai Remix with The Second Wed
Feb 19 @1:00p 4th Republic
Thu, Feb 20 @1:05p The Cuban Fri
Feb 21 @1:25p The Third Strike
Sponsored by

Location: Cinemark BHC 15

Filmmaker Awards Brunch

Mon, Feb 23 @ 11:00am-1:00pm

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.

Location: BHC Bridge (2nd level)

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?