The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) will be celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this year in Los Angeles at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills Crenshaw 15 Theatre. This year’s monumental event will showcase a total of 202 films comprising of both feature-length and short firms. PAFF is known to screen the largest selection of Black films among any other film festival in the World.
“It’s been an incredible experience to witness the growth of this PAFF and at the same time witness the tremendous development of the Pan African film Industry,” says Ayuko Babu, PAFF Executive Director. “Both have allowed me the pleasure of working with thousands of filmmakers and honoring the artistry from South Africa to Atlanta – all of whom tell their own stories and present their images to the world; so beautifully. So now in our 25th year, PAFF will again present the largest selection of Black films ever to be screened at one event and honor the best storytellers and artists for their work.”
This year’s festival is also packed with special events including the “Conversations With…” series featuring Sanaa Lathan, Mara Brock with Salim Akil, and a special edition of the series will honor actress, Alfre Woodard, with the The Lifetime Achievement Award during the Opening Night Gala.
“I get excited every year right about this time because I know the Pan African Film Festival is coming. This means that I have felt this exhilaration 25 times!,” says honorary Alfre Woodard. “PAFF always delivers artfully curated entertainment and information in diverse genres. This year I’m particularly thrilled that they have invited me to represent their legacy of bringing engaging stories from filmmakers of the African diaspora to Los Angeles, the birthplace of American Cinema. As always, Feb 9-20th promises stimulating conversations and lively celebrations; you won’t want to miss it!”
For a complete list of events, screenings, and panels, and to reserve tickets, please visit www.PAFF.org Ph: 310. 337-4737 ~ Fax: 310. 337-4736