Special Programs


For over two decades, PAFF has worked closely with Los Angeles schools to bring
over 6,000 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.

Student Fest Registration Form

The Pan African Film Festival 2019 Student Festival – Free Screening Admission & Submissions
Thanks so much for your school district’s continued support of the Pan African Film & Arts StudentFest. On behalf of the 27th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival, We wish to invite you and your students to participate in our StudentFest 2019.

The PAFF Institute Student Short Film Competition:
We are introducing the Student Short Film Competition, sponsored by our studio partners, who will award the winning student films with prizes for the schools and students.

Your school is encouraged to submit your student film by January 20th to sher@paff.org. The films will be viewed by a jury panel of studio executives whom will select a winning film from high school and middle school student submissions.

Submission Format: Films should be submitted via email in a web-link format and include a short synopsis and details of the students involved. Films must be completed within the last 5 years.

The Film Screenings:
This Year we will celebrate our youth with Film, Art and Creative Inspirations. Our highlighted films this year will include films from our studio partners: Universal Pictures, Fox, Disney Pixar, Paramount and Netflix. Please find attached the Student Film Festival Reservation to reserve your seats today. The movie choices will be listed here after February 5, 2019.

Please feel free to contact us at anytime via email: studentfest@paff.org with any questions and for further information on this year’s festival.

Monday, February 11, 2019
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Friday, February 15, 2019

Cinemark Theatres 15 BHC
4020 Marlton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90008

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 Connections

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?