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16th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival


February 7 - 18

16th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival

Now in it’s 16 year, the Pan African Film and Arts Festival(PAFF) boasts an overall festival attendance of 200,000 and attracts a diverse audience of over 40,000 people to its films.

Each year the PAFF presents over 175 quality films from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada, all showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent.

PAFF also presents one of America's largest fine art shows featuring prominent and emerging Black artists and fine craftspeople held at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

Other signature PAFF events include over a dozen industry panels and workshops, the PAFF StudentFest®, ChildrensFest®, SpokenwordFest®, Seniors’ Connection®, and Comedy Night.

Known for showcasing new films first and recognized as America’s premiere black film festival, past festival features have included box office and award-winning hits: Ray, Lackawanna Blues, Redemption, Crazy As Hell, Kingdom Come, The Brothers, Gridlock’d, Days of Glory, and the 2006 Academy Award® winner for Best Foreign Film, Tsotsi.

History, Mission, and Goals
The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) was founded in 1992 as a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural and racial tolerance and understanding through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression.

It is the PAFFs goal to present and showcase a broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes.

The PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

For the complete schedule and to order tickets, visit the Official Site.



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