MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Established in 1992, The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural and racial tolerance and understanding through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression.It is PAFF’s goal to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes. 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.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Each year, PAFF presents:
Over 100 quality films from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada, all showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent.
One of America’s largest fine art shows featuring prominent and emerging black artists and fine crafts people, including local, national and international poets, musicians and storytellers.
PAFF accepts films and videos made by and/or about people of African descent. (Filmmaker needn’t be of African descent.) Films should preferably depict positive or realistic images.
Films can be of any genre ---- drama, comedy, horror, adventure, animation, romance, science fiction, experimental, etc. PAFF accepts features 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 complete enough for us to follow the storyline and be able to make a decision. If you expect your 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 January 2, 2014.
The submission dates are when the films must arrive at the office. They are NOT postmark deadlines. All submissions are handled equally regardless of when they are submitted. Late deadlines are processed and screened in exactly the same manner as early and official submissions are—the only difference is the higher submission fee. We encourage you to submit as early as possible.
Please note that your film MUST arrive at the PAFF office no later than the deadline for which you have submitted. For example, if you pay $20 to submit a short film for the Early Deadline but we don’t receive it until after August 15, you will be prompted to make an additional $10. Your film will not be viewed until the additional payment has been received. It is recommended that you mail your film to us well in advance of the deadline for which you are submitting.
Notifications of acceptance will be emailed to the contact person listed on your application. Please make sure you notify us immediately of any changes.
Selection results will be available beginning December 16, 2013. It is a “roll-out” notification process with feature films being notified first. Other than feature films receiving notification before short films, there is no significance to the order in which notification is given.
PAFF will not accept watermarked films for public presentation.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Films that are not selected for programming will be returned only if you have included a stamped self-addressed envelope with your submission. We will do our best to return your DVD after the festival. However, returns are not guaranteed.
DVDs of films selected for programming will not be returned.
PAFF will not be responsible for DVDs lost or damaged in the mail.