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Pan African Film Festival

The 29th Pan African Film Festival Announces Competition Selections

Global Black Film Festival to Feature Over 65 World Premiere Titles



For Immediate Release: February 5, 2021


Media Contact: press@paff.org


LOS ANGELES - The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) announced today film nominations in its prestigious juried competition. The Pan African Film Festival is America's largest and most prestigious Black film festival. Each year, the PAFF screens more than 200 films made by and/or about people of African descent from around the world. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has designated PAFF as an official qualifying film festival for live-action and animation short films.  The 29th Pan African Film Festival will take place virtually from February 28 – March 14.


This year, the competitions will include over 65 World premiere titles and over 29 US premieres.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 29th Pan African Film Festival will run February 28 – March 14 on-line and on-demand only. The virtual component allows this year’s Festival to reach a global audience. More information can be found at www.paff.org



Best Narrative Feature Competition


Back of the Moon (South Africa)

Director: Angus Gibson


Caged Birds (US)

Director: Fredrick Leach


Poppie Nongena (South Africa)

Director: Christiaan Olwagen


Red Pill (US)

Director: Tonya Pinkins


The Fisherman's Diary (Cameroon)

Director: Enah Johnscott


The Ghost and the House of Truth (Nigeria)

Director: Akin Omotoso


The Milkmaid (Nigeria)

Director: Desmond Ovbiagele


 

Best Documentary Competition


City On the Hill (US)

Director: Xavier Underwood


Disruptor Conductor (Canada, US)

Director: Sharon Lewis


Firestarter - The Story of Bangarra (Australia)

Director: Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin


Fresh Guide To Florence with Fab 5 Freddy (Italy, US, UK)

Director: David Shulman


Lake Women (Rwanda, Germany)

Director: Deve Shema


Raymond Lewis: L.A. Legend (US)

Director: Ryan Matthew Polomski, Dean Prator


Through the Night (US)

Director: Loira Limbal


Uprooted - The Journey of Jazz Dance (Canada, France, UK, US)

Director: Khadifa Wong



Best First Feature - Director Competition

 

Narratives


African America (South Africa, US)

Director: Muzi Mthembu


Caged Birds (US)

Director: Fredrick Leach


Executive Order (Brazil)

Director: Lázaro Ramos


Love Like Winter (US)

Director: Artel Great


Shaina (Zimbabwe, South Africa)

Director: Beautie Masvaure Alt



Documentaries


Finding Sally (Ethiopia, Canada)

Director: Tamara Dawit


Hollywood's Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story (US)

Director: Royal Kennedy Rodgers, Kathy McCampbell Vance


Softie (Kenya, US)

Director: Sam Soko


The Letter (Kenya)

Director: Maia Lekow, Christopher King


The Patterson: Another Bronx Tale (US)

Director: Bahati Adrien Best


Who is Gatsby Randolph (US)

Director: Kobie Randolph



Best Short Narrative (Animation or Live Action)


#WeAreDyingHere (South Africa)

Director: Shane Vermooten


Antivirus (Greece)

Director: Anastasia Sima


Guillermina (Cuba)

Director: Aida Esther Bueno Sarduy


Junebug (US)

Director: Winter Dunn


Junior (US)

Director: Jehnovah Carlisle


London Arabia (UK)

Director: Daniel Jewel


Nazen (US)

Director: Shemar Yanick Jonas


Pure (US)

Director: Natalie Jasmine Harris


Sër Bi (Les Tissus Blancs) (Senegal, France)

Director: Moly Kane


Smell of Summer (US)

Director: Kris Wilson


The Cypher (US)

Director: Letia Solomon


The McHenry Trial – Don’t Judge a Kid by Their Hoodie (US)

Director: Ken Sagoes


The Power Of Hope (US)

Director: Kalia Love Jones


Till Death Do Us Part (Póki śmierć nas nie rozłączy ) (Uganda, Poland)

Director: Dolores Vunda


Tuk-tuk (Egypt)

Director: Mohamed Kheidr


Two Single Beds (UK)

Director: William Stefan Smith



Festival Sponsors and Partners


The 29th Pan African Film Festival’s sponsors include the City of Los Angeles; the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture; Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson (8th District); Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren Price (9th District); Los Angeles City Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas (10th District); California State Assemblyman Mike A. Gipson, 64th District; Commissioner Willard H. Murray, Jr., Water Replenishment District; U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass, 37th District; U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, 43rd District; Union Bank;  Brotherhood Crusade, Groundwurk; FilmLA; Sony Pictures Entertainment; Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute; Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences; Los Angeles Sentinel; The Wave; KPFK; Black Cultural Events; Immigrant Magazine; KJLH; Our Weekly; okayafrica; L.A. Focus; Envoi, Miss Everything Entertainment, Girl In Charge Public Relations and Empowerment Justice Strategies.


The Pan African Film & Arts Festival is supported, in part, by a grant provided by: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences; LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund with the California Community Foundation; and the LA County COVID-19 Arts Relief Fund administered by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture. 



About the Pan African Film Festival


Gearing up for its 29th anniversary, the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) is America's largest and most prestigious Black film festival. Each year, it screens more than 200 films made by and/or about people of African descent from around the world. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has designated PAFF as an official qualifying film festival for live-action and animation short films.

 

PAFF is a non-profit corporation, 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 Pan African Affairs.  PAFF is 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, ethnicities, and lifestyles in an entertaining way while at the same time, serving as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.


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