The Pan African Film Festival Announces Call for ArtFest Submissions

F2FA September 24, 2014


Pan African Film and Arts Festival

LOS ANGELES – The call for submissions is open for the 23nd Annual Pan African Film and Art Festival (PAFF), February 12 – 22, 2015. The largest and most prestigious Black film festival in the U.S., PAFF spans 11 days, and attracts 40,000+ industry and public attendees to scheduled screenings of more than 150 films along with an unrivaled art show to 75,000+ attendees for the works of more than 100 fine artists, designers, and unique craftsmen from around the globe, such as countries the United States, Austria, England, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria, and Angola. The diversity of PAFF is represented by its core value of Pan-Africanism in every feature selected and its community programming including an extensive fine art show ArtFest and surrounding schools Black History Month curriculum.

“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.


PAFF ArtFest showcases creativity most often excluded from major museums and affords an exchange place to encourage art collection.


”PAFF ArtFest stimulates the Black art trade,” said Allohn, director of PAFF ArtFest. “There is education on fine art as an investment and exhibitor selling by the artists.”



PAFF ArtFest is juried according to the following guidelines to maintain the objective of featuring fine art, quality craft and designer merchandise.


Accepted: fine art and photography, handmade unique crafts and jewelry and designer fashions and accessories, one-of-a-kind, original pieces, designer-crafted or hand-printed T-shirts.


Not Accepted: No incense, no perfume oils, no “low-end” jewelry and mass manufactured merchandise imported from Korea, China and etc.; no mass manufactured/printed T-shirts.


Gallery applications will be accepted; however, a gallery may not exhibit and sell works by more than four artists. No application will be accepted without accompanying slides and/or photographs; a website can be provided if it includes a representative selection of work.




For complete details on rules, restrictions, fees, deadlines, booth options, equipment rentals and online application, visit




The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) is America’s largest, and most prestigious Black film and arts festival. Each year, it screens more than 150 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Canada. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the United States.


PAFF was founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon” movie franchise), Emmy 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. 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.


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