The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) will celebrate 25 years of presenting the largest selection of films representing the African Diaspora, February 9 – 20, at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw 15 Theatre, 3650 Martin Luther King Blvd., Los Angeles.
PAFF 25 will feature an unprecedented lineup of films, workshops, interviews and panel discussions focused on the African film and entertainment experience. During the 12-day festival, 202 films will be screened – 124 feature-length and 78 short films – representing 56 countries on six continents. Over the past quarter century, PAFF has premiered films from prominent Black filmmakers such as Gina Prince Blythewood (“Beyond the Lights”), Malcolm D. Lee (“Best Man”), Michael Jennings (“Moonlight”), Ava DuVernay (“Selma” &“13th”) and Academy Award winner Gavin Hood (“Tsotsi”); PAFF has also screened films by Raul Peck (“I Am Not Your Negro”), Oscar nominated Mahamat Saleh Haroun (“Gris Gris”) and many others.
“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.”
PAFF 25 will celebrate the work of actress Alfre Woodard with The Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by PAFF Co-Founder Ja’net Dubois during the Opening Night Gala, Thursday, February 9, held at the DGA Headquarters in Los Angeles. PAFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award will honor Woodard’s extraordinary career. Woodard will share her journey with the PAFF audience in a hosted “Conversation with Alfre Woodard,” one-on-one on Sunday, February 10, at 3 p.m., narrated by Director Neema Barnett at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills Theater.
For a complete list of screenings, special screenings, panel discussions and an events lineup visit www.paff.org.