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By Shaibu Husseini
15 August 2021   |   2:53 am
The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) opened entries for its 30th-anniversary edition on June 1, 2021.

Entries For PAFF’s 30th Edition Open
The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) opened entries for its 30th-anniversary edition on June 1, 2021.


PAFF, which is the largest and most prestigious Black film festival, will be held from February 8 to 21, 2022 in Los Angeles and virtually throughout the world.

Over the years, it has showcased films from all parts of the world, especially from Angola, Nigeria, Jamaica, Rwanda, Canada, Mozambique, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Fiji, Mexico, UK, South Africa, England, Japan, France, and of course, the United States.

“Over the years, filmmakers in the world over have become more sophisticated in telling their stories,” says Asantewa Olatunji, the director of programming for PAFF, adding, “in our ever-shrinking world, it is so important to understand the experiences and points of views of diverse peoples and cultures.”

Recall that PAFF2021 was held virtually due to the pandemic and enjoyed a global audience. While remaining true to its roots, PAFF plans to present a hybrid festival (both physical and virtual) with the majority portion of physical activities and all live-audience screenings being held physically in Los Angeles.

Over the years, the festival has remained one of the most highly anticipated events in Los Angeles attended by local, national, and international guests. It has hosted live festivals attracting more than 40,000 people.

Filmmakers who want to enter for PAFF2022 can go to the festival’s website as PAFF accepts only online applications and submissions. Filmmakers can also submit to The Pan African Film Festival directly through or Additionally, PAFF accepts applications for films and videos made by and/or about people of African descent and can be of any genre.

The festival also accepts features and shorts, both narrative and documentary. Its competition categories include Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary (Short or Feature), Best Director — First Feature, plus a variety of Audience Favorite Awards.

Early submissions is from June 1 to July 5, 2021 while regular submissions is from July 6 to September 20, 2021. Each year, it screens more than 150 films made by and/or about people of African descent from around the world.

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. Submission instructions can be sourced at or email

TIFF Adds More Films For 2021 Official Selection
ORGANISERS of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) have announced additional films as part of the official selection for the 2021 edition of TIFF holding from September 9 to 13. The festival also unveiled its five-day industry conference, which will hold at the sidelines of the festival.

The confirmed films are, The Forgiven by John Michael McDonagh (United Kingdom) and Julia by Julie Cohen & Betsy West (USA). Also, TIFF’s five-day industry conference will be available this year on TIFF’s talks platform, TIFF Bell Digital Talks, to all accredited press and industry professionals from around the world. The industry conferences will feature a discussion on African cinema — from development to distribution.

Africa’s impressive list of TIFF ’21 Official Selections spans the Platform, Midnight Madness, Special Presentations, and Wavelengths programmes. Festival filmmakers Amil Shivji (Tug of War), Jenna Bass, Babalwa Baartman (Good Madam), Khadar Ayderus Ahmed (The Gravedigger’s Wife) and TIFF programmer Nataleah Hunter-Young will explore western preconceptions that guard pathways to industry, bind creative autonomy and neglect African audiences. Complementing this event will be a digital networking event for African and diaspora filmmakers from Official Selection and alumni of TIFF Industry Talent Development.

NIFS, EbonyLife Place Partner For Screening, Next Generation Focus
THE Nigerian International Film and Television Summit (NIFS) is partnering with Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Place to present a special 2021 NIFS Screening and Next Generation Focus.

Founder and CEO of NIFS, Ijeoma Onah, said that the screening is designed to provide local and international distribution opportunities as well as provide massive exposure and the discovery of the best content from Nigeria.

“The screenings will take place both virtually and physically and we will be screening contents in the genres of feature, short movies, television series produced by the next generation young, upcoming producers as well as established Nigerian producers,” said Onah, who also hinted that the “screening is free and does not require a NIFS badge to attend but requires pre-registration and confirmation to attend to be sent to qualified participants.”

The NIFS Lagos hybrid edition is scheduled for September 28 and 29. Additional information can be sourced at