Filmmakers invited to submit projects for Pan African Film Fest

PAFF has showcased films from all parts of the world from Angola, Nigeria, Jamaica to Mexico.

paff20logoThe Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) which will be held on February 4-15, 2016 in Los Angeles is calling filmmakers from around the globe to submit their projects.

America’s largest and most prestigious black film and arts festival has showcased films from six continents, representing countries such as Angola, Nigeria, Jamaica, Rwanda, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, South Africa, England, Mexico, Japan.

Last year, more than 40,000 people attended the film festival which showcased over 150 films comprising of documentaries, features, shorts and webseries.

“Over the years, the filmmakers from around the world have become more sophisticated in telling their stories,” says Asantewa Olatunji, the director of programming for PAFF. “In our ever shrinking world, it is so important to understand the experiences and points of views of other peoples and cultures.”

The festival showcases a broad spectrum of black films, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the black experience.

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Founded in 1992  by Danny Glover, Ja’Net DuBois and Ayuko Babu, who serves as executive director, PAFF is now accepting submissions of features and shorts; narrative and documentary films made by or about people of African descent.

Check out the PAFF website for more details on how to submit.

Samantha Ofole-Prince is a journalist and movie critic who covers industry-specific news that includes television and film. She can be reached at

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