Call for Submissions – The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF)

Do you have an uplifting animation about people of African descent? The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is accepting submissions for its 25th edition taking place in Los Angeles in February 2017. PAFF is the largest exhibition of Black films in the U.S. (over 40,000 attended this year) and aims to “present and showcase the […]

Do you have an uplifting animation about people of African descent?

The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is accepting submissions for its 25th edition taking place in Los Angeles in February 2017. PAFF is the largest exhibition of Black films in the U.S. (over 40,000 attended this year) and aims to “present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes.”

Here’s what they’re looking for:

• PAFF accepts films and videos made by and/or about people of African descent. (Filmmaker needn’t be of African descent.) Preferably, films should depict positive or realistic images.
• Films can be of any genre — drama, comedy, horror, adventure, animation, romance, science fiction, experimental, etc. PAFF accepts features, featurettes and shorts; narratives and documentaries.
• All submissions must be in English or have English subtitles.
• PAFF will accept submissions of works in progress. However, your submission must be sufficiently complete to allow our programmers to follow the storyline and be able to make a decision. We will only accept one work-in-progress version of your film, so please make sure to make it your best shot. (If you expect our final version to be 90 minutes, a 45-minute rough cut is probably not acceptable.) Also, whenever possible, you should provide an on-screen description of missing scenes. The final version of your film is expected to be ready no later than October 1, 2016.

The festival also has a number of competition categories, including Best Narrative Short, Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, an audience award, as well as a number of special festival awards.

“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.”

The official submission window opened in July and ends on 31 August, but late submissions can still be made until 1 October, thereafter PAFF requests that you contact them directly at submissions@paff.org

Visit PAFF’s official website for more information and detailed submission instructions: https://www.paff.org/festivals/paff-la/submit-to-paff-la/