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.

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

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
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!

PAFF LOL – Comedy Night

Catch some of America’s Funniest Young Comedians. Featuring funny man David Arnold, Chris Spencer, Aaron Thompson, Memphis Will and more!

PAFF Fashion Show

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

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!

Sponsored by

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.

2020 Winners

Best Feature Narrative Award
The Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda) Directed by Joël Karekezi
Honorable Mention:
Knuckle City (South Africa) Directed by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka
Best First Feature Narrative Award
A Taste of Our Land (Uganda) Directed by Yuhi Amuli
Honorable Mention:
Mr. Weekend (US) Directed by McKenzie Woodward
Best Documentary Award
One Child Left Behind: The Untold Atlanta Cheating Scandal (US) Directed by Jodi Gomes
Honorable Mention:
PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (US) Directed by Jacoba Atlas
Best Short Narrative Award
White Gold (South Africa) Directed by Luke Bradford
Honorable Mention:
My Father Belize (Belize) Directed by Leon Lozano
Programmers’ Best Narrative Feature
She Ball (US) Directed by Nick Cannon
Programmers’ Best Short Narrative
Sixteen Thousand Dollars (US) Directed by Symone Baptiste
Programmers’ Best Documentary Award
parTy boi: black diamonds in ice castles (US) Directed by Micheal Rice
Programmers’ Best First Feature Narrative Award (Tie)
Coming From Insanity (Nigeria) Directed by Akinyemi Sebastian Akinropo
Gonarezhou The Movie (Zimbabwe) Directed by Sydney Taivavashe
Special Programmers’ Award
The Cuban (Canada/Cuba) Directed by Sergio Navarretta
Ja’Net Feature Narrative Award
HERO – Inspired By The Extraordinary Life & Times of Mr. Ulric Cross (Canada/Trinidad and Tobago/Ghana/UK) Directed by Frances-Anne Solomon
Ja’Net Short Narrative Award
Code_Switch (US) Directed by Sigin Ojulu
Ja’Net Documentary Award
My Friend Fela (Brazil/Nigeria) Directed by Joel Zito Araújo
Ja’Net First Feature Narrative Award
Zulu Wedding (South Africa) Directed by Lineo Sekeleoane
Special Ja’Net Award
Foster Boy (US) Directed by Youssef Delara
Audience Favorite for Feature Narrative
The Cuban (Canada/Cuba) Directed by Sergio Navarretta
Audience Favorite for Feature Documentary
PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (US) Directed by Jacoba Atlas
Audience Favorite for Narrative Short
My Father Belize (Belize) Directed by Leon Lozano
Audience Favorite for Documentary Short
Once in a Hundred Years: The Life & Legacy of Marion Anderson (US) Directed by Bill Nicoletti

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?