Pan African Film Festival Nabs AAFCA Award

LOS ANGELES – The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is happy to announce that it will receive the first ever  Special Achievement Award in the Film Festival Category by African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA). The festival will be recognized for its contribution to cinematic arts. PAFF will be presented with this award during the AAFCA’s  private awards ceremony on Friday, February 8, 2013 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, Calif. 

This year, the AAFCA named “Zero Dark Thirty,” directed by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow as its Best Film of 2012. Based in Los Angeles,  the AAFCA is the premiere organization of African American film media professionals. Founded in 2003, AAFCA’s members represent a geographically diverse cross-section of media covering the cinematic arts. The organization honors excellence in cinema by creating awareness for films with universal appeal to black communities, while emphasizing film about the black experience and those produced written, directed and starring performers of African descent. The association actively reviews the quality and standard of black talent, content and media coverage. AAFCA also supports the development of future black film critics and filmmakers. AAFCA is based in Los Angeles. For more information, visit  

“We are very humbled by this award from the African American Film Critics Association,” said Ayuko Babu, executive director of PAFF. “When we began this festival 21 years ago, we knew there was a hunger and demand to see positive images of Black folks from around the world on the big screen. Over the years, we’ve worked very hard to have our fingers on pulse of the international film market.” Babu added, “We built it, and people came out to support the festival. We’re extremely grateful and thankful for everyone’s support over the years.” 

Currently, PAFF is gearing up for its 21st anniversary on February 7-18, 2013  at the new Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles.  PAFF is the nation’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival.  Over the years, it has showcased films from all parts of the world, representing such countries as Angola, Austria, England, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria, and of course, the United States.   

Gearing up for its 21st 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 150 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Canada. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country. PAFF was 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 African Affairs.  PAFF is a non-profit corporation 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, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times. 

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