The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) has opened submissions for its 30th anniversary. PAFF invites filmmakers whose work focuses on the narratives of Africans in Africa, and the diaspora, to submit their film entries. The annual PAFF features a wide catalogue of films from around the world.
PAFF will be accepting submissions for films and videos made on, or about, people of African descent — though the filmmakers need not necessarily be of African descent. The festival has a preference for progressive films that depict positive and realistic images of Africans from any genre — drama, comedy, horror, action/adventure, animation, romance, science fiction, experimental and historical. Black narratives captured through short films and documentaries are welcome too.
Prolific South African screenwriter and playwright Amy Jephta’s BARAKAT, a dramedy about an Afrikaans Muslim household featured in the 29th PAFF line-up. BARAKAT was one of 200 films screening at the virtual festival hosted in Los Angeles in February 2020.
PAFF has previously hosted live festivals that attracted a crowd of more than 40,000 people. Marvel’s Black Panther blockbuster screened during the 26th PAFF in 2018 where South African films Catching Feelings and political drama Kalushi, both starring Pearl Thusi, were showing.
The festival’s competition categories include: Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary (Short or Feature), Best Director — First Feature, Best Web Series, plus a variety of Audience Favorite Awards.
Submissions opened on June 1 and will remain so until December 1, 2021.