The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) has stated that it will no longer take place on February 8-21 as planned due to an increase in COVID cases in Los Angeles County. The nation’s most prestigious Black film festival is considering rescheduling its 30th annual celebration for later this year in Los Angeles at its flagship venues, from April 19 through May 1.
In addition, the PAFF will explore other ways to engage the community in the coming weeks, including providing a virtual PAFF online experience to commemorate Black History Month.
PAFF Executive Director Ayuko Babu said, “The decision to postpone this year’s PAFF was not easy.” “However, we couldn’t put the PAFF community in jeopardy in good conscience.” Our primary concern is always the sense of duty we feel towards our staff, artists, audience, and filmmakers that travel to Los Angeles from around the world, and without whom PAFF would not exist. We’re still dedicated to Los Angeles, where we’ve hosted the Pan African Film and Arts Festival for the past 30 years and will do so again when it’s safe.”
“I commend the Pan African Film and Arts Festival for leading by example in protecting our community,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell. PAFF’s cultural relevance, artistic accomplishments, and camaraderie can never be taken away. I’m looking forward to PAFF celebrating 30 years in the Second Supervisorial District safely.”
PAFF will screen 150 new high-quality Black films from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, the South Pacific, Canada, and Asia. In addition, the PAFF will feature a showcase of Pan African cultures featuring over 100 fine artists and unique crafters from over 40 countries and six continents.
The PAFF is an Oscar-qualifying festival for animation and live-action films.