The Pan African Film and Art Festival (PAFF) will celebrate its 23rd year in Los Angeles and has announced a call for artists, photographers, designers and crafters.
The Pan African Film and Arts Festival is the largest in the nation spanning some 11 days and attacks an estimated 40,000 people. The art show which takes place at the same time of the film festival attacks an estimated 75,000 people seeking to purchase works from more than 100 vendors from around the world including Austria, England, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria, and Angola.
“Through the years, our guiding principle of ‘Pan-Africanism’ as a movement remains to unify and provide a space for patronage of the expression of all people of African descent worldwide” said Ayuko Babu, executive director and a founder of PAFF.
According to their website “PAFF was founded in 1992 by award-winning actor and humanitarian Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon” movie franchise), Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois (best known for her role as Willona in the TV series “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs.”
Last year PAFF honored award-winning actor/director Charles Dutton with Lifetime Achievement Award at its Night of Tribute which for the second year, was the pre-show for a more grand and star studded awards ceremony presented by the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) at the Taglyan Complex, in Hollywood. In previous years, award winner actress Lynn Whitfield, while new comers Omari Hardwick and Nicole Beharie have received PAFF’s Raising Star award.
In its 17th year of presenting films to the community of Atlanta, PAFF returned to the historic Plaza Theater with over 40 films in August of this year alongside a huge amount of Black Star power to boot. Kicking off the festival with “Supremacy” staring its founder, actor and humanitarian Danny Glover for the Opening Night. The film is based on a true story and directed by Deon Taylor. Closing night PAFF partnered with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to present the film “Belle” with director Amma Asante.
“We’re excited about being able to bring another great slate of new U.S. and international films to Atlanta, one of the cultural and artistic centers of the country. Atlanta’s hospitality can’t be beaten.” Ayuko Babu was quoted as saying to the press.
But Los Angeles is home to PAFF and is host to the largest and most prestigious Black film and arts festival in the country. LA’s cultural and artistic diversity is unmatched by any other city in the world. As a writer and photographer I’ve been front and center on the red carpet and in many of the screenings and I can tell you that this festival is filled with stars and plenty of surprises on the red carpet and inside the screening. So get ready LA for another round of family, friends, celebrities, great art, great films and fun. They even throw in a catwalk and fashion show to keep us entertained.
This year PAFF is scheduled to kick off their film and arts festival on February 12th-22nd at the RAVE Theater and in the food court of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.
PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art and creative expression. The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. 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. (Source: PAFF website)