Everyone has anticipated Mo’Nique’s return to the silver screen, but paired with Isaiah Washington as her husband and a storyline that screams drama, it is sure to be a huge success worthy of award buzz.
*Los Angeles – All roads lead to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and adjacent RAVE Theatres. This destination serves as the launch pad for a global journey through various countries: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Belgium, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa, and last but not least, the United States.
This visual journey through cinema has global appeal that will open the minds of audiences, and transport them to lands far away and back home again… without enduring jetlag and without ever packing a suitcase. The festival travels from February 6-17, 2014.
- CHARLES DUTTON – Lifetime Achievement Award – Dutton is a two-time, Tony-nominated and multiple Emmy award-winning actor and director of stage, television and film. He first became a familiar face to television audiences around the world for his iconic role as the Baltimore garbage collector, Roc Emerson, on the popular Fox comedy, “Roc.” For the social media release, visit: http://pitch.pe/1j2cEtg
*LOS ANGELES – The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is ready to take movie goers on a cinematic journey with international film screenings from around the globe with the announcement of its call for submissions.
The 22nd annual PAFF will be held on February 6-17, 2014 in Los Angeles. The film festival 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.
With the pulse on the international film market, PAFF has opened the minds of its audiences, and transported them to lands far away and back home again. “Over the years, the filmmakers from around the world have become more sophisticated in telling their stories,” says Asantewa Olatunji, the director of programming for PAFF.
This week, PAFF kicks off a three-day film series at the National Black Arts Festival (NBAF). The PAFF film series will take place July 18-20, 2013 at the SouthwestArtsCenter in Atlanta. From its vaults, PAFF will present 18 films as a part of NBAF’s 25th anniversary.
This year, PAFF has been feted with several awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Awards from the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) and the first ever Special Achievement Award in the Film Festival Category by African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) for its contribution to cinematic arts. In February, the festival screened a total of 154 films, representing 34 countries — that is, 23 documentaries, 13 short documentaries, 67 narrative features, and 51 narrative shorts.
Currently, PAFF is accepting submissions of independent features, shorts, narratives and documentary films made by or about people of African descent. Applications are available via the PAFF website at www.paff.org, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (310) 337-4737.
The PAFF is currently accepting applications for films and videos made by and/or about people of African descent. (Please note: the filmmaker(s) need not be of African or African American descent.) Films should preferably depict positive and realistic images and can be of any genre — drama, comedy, horror, adventure, animation, romance, science fiction, experimental, etc. PAFF accepts features and shorts both narrative and documentary. The film festival will accept submissions of works in progress; however, the final version of the film must be completed no later than January 2, 2014.
The PAFF competition categories are: Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary, Best Director — First Feature, plus, Audience Favorite Awards for Narrative Feature and Favorite Documentary. Films in competition must be copyrighted no earlier than 2013. With the exception of Audience Favorite Awards, all films are judged by industry professionals, selected by PAFF. In addition to competition awards, other programming and festival special prizes will be awarded.
For information about the festival, submission procedures, fees and registration, visit www.paff.org or call 310. 337-4737. Submissions will be accepted from now through October 19, 2013. Late submissions will be accepted until November 16, 2013. Official selection announcements will be made beginning December 16, 2013.
ABOUT THE PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
Gearing up for its 22nd anniversary, the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), is America’s largest and most prestigious Black film and arts 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.
For more information, please visit www.paff.org or call (310) 337-4737.
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*Los Angeles – It’s a wrap! for the 21st Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF).
This is America’s largest and most prestigious Black Film Festival. Each year of the festival,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. The 21st edition of the Pan African Film and Arts Festival was held on February 7th-18th, 2013 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and Rave Theaters.
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 Wilona 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 expressions.
The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, helps 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 people of diverse cultures,races and lifestyles,while at the same time serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our time.
Each year of the festival, there are films that stand apart from the rest. PAFF recognized these films and awards the filmmakers in various categories and also presented special Awards during the Filmmakers Awards Brunch held on Monday,February 18th,in the intimate settings of the Filmmakers Lounge. Allohn Agbenya did an excellent job of decorating the Lounge for the Brunch.
And the Winners Are:
Best Feature-Narrative- Stones in the Sun(Haiti/USA)
Special Jury Recognition- Things Never Said(USA)
Best Director-First Feature- David “Tosh” Gitonga,Nairobi Half Life
Special Jury Recognition- Ya’Ke,Wolf
Best Documentary-Feature- Free Angela ad Other Political Prisoners(USA)
Special Jury Recognition- Mugabe:Villain or Hero?(UK)
Best Short Documentary- Foot Soldiers(USA)
Best Short Narrative- Our Rhineland(USA)
Special Jury Recognition- The Collegians(USA)
Capri Capitals Partners Awards- Songs of Redemptions
BAFTA/PAFF Choice Prize- Home Again
Festival Founders Award- Iceberg Slim:Portrait of a Pimp
Festival Programmers Award- Babe & Ricky’s Inn
Feature Artist Special Award- Djibril Ndoye
Audience Favorite-Best Feature Narrative-Against the Grain
Audience Favorite-Best Documentary Feature-Charles Lloyd:Arrows into Infinity
Audience Favorite-Best Short Documentary-Foot Soldiers
Audience Favorite-Best Short Narrative- Island Song
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*LOS ANGELES – The much-anticipated Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) marks its 21st year as America’s largest and most prestigious international Black film festival.
Opening night on Thursday, February 7, kicks off at the Director’s Guild of America with the feature film “Vipaka,” a multi-layered psychological thriller, starring Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Ari Parker and Mike Epps. The festival runs through February 18, 2013 at the Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Marlton and Crenshaw Boulevard. To purchase tickets for the film festival, go to www.paff.org.
Bringing the urban horror/comedy genre to PAFF is writer/producer/director HM Coakley, a Columbia University MFA and native of the U.S. Virgin Islands. His 2013 film “Holla II,” a sequel to his 2007 film “Holla,” will host a red carpet premiere at the PAFF on Fright Night Friday, February 8 at 6:15 p.m. “I’m so excited to have “Holla II” premiere at the Pan African Film Festival. Holla also premiered there and it helped to secure our sale to Lionsgate,” says Coakley. “PAFF has the best audience of urban film lovers and filmmakers and I look forward to similar success with Holla II.” The film stars the amazing talents of Vanessa Bell Calloway, Trae Ireland, Akeem Smith, Keily Williams, Omar Gooding, Teairra Mari, Liana Mendoza, and introducing Monica “DollPhace” Floyd. For online tickets, go to ravecinemas.com.
Holla II is presented by Rockstone Releasing, LaMiss Enterprises, and Queen Nefertari Productions and was executive produced by Chasity Clark and Monica “DollPhace” Floyd. The film is produced by Camille Irons Coakley, Lanre Idewu, Monica “DollPhace” Floyd, and co-produced by Marie Y. Lemelle. Original music provided by Tip of the Iceberg Entertainment, LLC.
Holla II screen times: Friday, Feb. 8@7pm; Friday, Feb. 15@4pm; and Monday, Feb. 18@9:55pm. For interviews with the director and cast or media and talent submissions for the red carpet event on Feb. 8, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 213-276-7827. Find Holla II on Facebook and follow on Twitter @Holla Two.
“The film competition is the most important component of the festival,” said Ayuko Babu, founder and executive director of PAFF.” “The competition really sparks the creativity of young filmmakers and raises the bar in the storytelling on film.” The festival awards films in for Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, Best Narrative Feature, and Best First Feature Film, as well as audience favorite at the close of the festival. For a complete listing of films or for online ticket purchase, go to www.paff.org or call (310) 337-4737.
Holla II (a sequel) Synopsis
The story continues shortly after Monica’s fiancé and friends were murdered by Veronica, her mentally ill twin sister. Monica starts a new life with a new face, new career, new friends and new name as Monique, and moves to Florida with her ex-fiancé’s mother Marion. Six years later, Monique is ready to get married again to unsuspecting Robbie, her reggae/rock band mate. Family and friends convene at a South Florida plantation house, with a haunting legacy, for the wedding, but the happy weekend soon turns into a nightmare as members of her wedding party begin turning up dead. Is history repeating itself or is it something even more sinister this time around?
About the PAFF
Celebrating 21 years, the PAFF was founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover, Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant. This year, PAFF selected a total of 154 films, representing 34 countries.