Monday, September 13, 2010



The 19th Annual Festival To Take Place February 16-21, 2011 in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA -September 8, 2011 -The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), America's largest and most prestigious Black film festival, is now accepting submissions for their 19th annual event taking place February 16-21, 2011 in Los Angeles. PAFF is accepting submissions of independent features, shorts; narratives and documentary films made by or about people of African descent. Applications and complete instructions are available on the PAFF website at or by calling (310) 337-4737.The regular submission deadline is October 31, 2010.

Eligibility: PAFF is currently accepting applications for films and videos made by and/or about people of African descent. (filmmaker needn't be of African descent.) Films preferably should depict positive and realistic images and can be of any genre ---- drama, comedy, horror, adventure, animation, romance, science fiction, experimental, etc. PAFF accepts features and shorts; narratives and documentaries. We will accept submissions of works in progress; however, films and videos must be completed no later than December 31, 2010.


The PAFF competition categories are: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary (short or feature length), Best Narrative Short, Programmer's Award, Director's First Feature, Festival Award and Audience Favorite. Films in competition must be copyrighted no earlier than 2009. With the exception of Audience Favorite, all films are judged by Industry Professionals.

Submission Fees and Deadlines:

The deadline for regular submissions is October 31, 2010. The submission fee for submissions post dated as of October 31 is $45 for feature films and $30 for shorts. Late submissions will be accepted between November 1 - December 1, 2010. Fees for late submissions are $75 for features and $55 for shorts.

Application and Submission Procedures:

A signed and fully completed application with publicity materials (preferably an EPK) must be submitted with a DVD (NTSC or PAL).

Applications and instructions are available for download at or by calling (310) 337-4737.

Mail submissions to: The Pan African Film and Arts Festival, 6820 La Tijera Blvd. Suite #200, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Selection results will be available beginning December 31, 2010.

About the Pan African Film and Arts Festival

Established in 1992, The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is 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 PAFF's goal to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes. We believe 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. Each year, PAFF presents:
  • Over one hundred twenty-five (125) quality films from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada, all showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent.
  • One of America's largest fine art shows featuring prominent and emerging black artists and fine crafts people.
  • Local, national and international poets, musicians and storytellers.