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.
StudentFest 2020 will be on Friday, February 14 and Tuesday, February 18-Friday, February 21. Fill out Registration Form here.

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!
Saturday Children’s Festival 2020 will be Saturday, February 15 and Saturday, February 22.

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.

LOL Comedy

Catch some of America’s Funniest Young Comedians hosted by J. Anthony Brown.
PAFF 2020 details coming soon!

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!

Senior Connections 2020 will be Thursday, February 13, Friday, February 14 and Tuesday, February 18 – Friday, February 21.
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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.

Check back later for PAFF 2020 Winners!

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?