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Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) 2014 - Film

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Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) 2014 - Film

By Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist and Facebook (Like Me)

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2014 Annual Pan African Film Festival

Events &Highlights

     Coming off a phenomenal year of black films, The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) has raised the bar again. This year’s fest gave movie goers a 12-day marathon of offerings from around the Diaspora. PAFF celebrated its 22nd anniversary in grand style with a string of highly-anticipated films, which included a controversial film, initially banned in South Africa; a comedy, starring comic Kevin Hart, of course; and the return of Oscar®-winner Mo’Nique to the big screen! PAFF, America's largest and most prestigious Black film festivals, happened February 6-17, 2014 at the new Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

   This year, PAFF selected a total of 172 films, representing 46 countries -- that is, 37 documentaries, 23 short documentaries, 55 narrative features, and 57 narrative shorts as well as 11 webseries in the new category of new media. PAFF took its movie goers on a cinematic journey with screenings from around the world – including such countries as Argentina, Brazil, Bahamas, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, and of course, the United States. The goal being that the global appeal did open the minds of its audiences, and transport them to lands far away and back home again … without ever packing a suitcase.

Jeff Clanagan and Roz Stevenson PAFF Honorees
Opening night festivities on Friday, Jan 31, 2014 began with The Night of Tribute preshow of the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) and The African American Film Critics Association Award Ceremony (AAFCA) at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood. The PAFF and  AAFCA collaborate to honor world-renowned actors, filmmaker’s, community leaders and artists for their contributions in the film and entertainment industry. Thursday, Feb 6th followed with the Opening Night Gala – screening of “Of Good Report” Directed by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka at the Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Of course it was complete with a red carpet followed by a swank reception.

(L) Garcelle Beauvais and (R) Leila Djansi
Other highlights included the annual
Filmmakers Brunch at the Directors Guild of America (DGA). Ms. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was this year’s keynote speaker. PAFF in partnership with DGA hosts a filmmakers brunch to welcome the festival’s filmmakers to Los Angeles. PAFF’s filmmakers travel from around the world to attend the festival and meet studio executives, tastemakers and distributors to get a better understanding of Hollywood’s filmmaking industry. The festivities continued with a conversation with actor Charles Dutton; Spoken Word Fest, hosted by Lil Mama, PAFF’s celebrity host; Super-sized Centerpiece Presentation World Premiere -- “About Last Night” at Cinerama Dome in Hollywood with the red carpet and after party; Filmmakers Party, hosted by Lil Mama, at The Redbury Hotel in Hollywood and the grand wrap-up, Closing Night World Premiere -- “Blackbird” Directed by Patrick-Ian Polk starring Oscar® winner Mo’Nique at the Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15. Of course between all of this were plenty of film screenings, mingling with the film makers and major networking. For the list of film maker’s winners and more information about PAFF, visit

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