By Ricky Richardson | Contributing Writer

        (Los Angeles, CA) – Volunteers for the 31st Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF), are sought for February 2023. The festival is returning with in-person films and events from February 9-20, 2023, in Los Angeles at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills and XD Theatre and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

        Volunteers enjoy the benefits of free unlimited access to all of the films, panels, and events, based on availability. Oftentimes, volunteers have the opportunity to network and meet amazing people in the filmmaking industry—including celebrities!

        Applications are being accepted now at and potential volunteers are encouraged to get their application in quickly.

        PAFF requests volunteers to assists with in-person roles at the largest Black film festival in the country. These roles include ticketing, ushers, the red carpet, and more!

        Volunteer orientation will take place 10:00am in the Community Room at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Saturday, January 21st, Saturday, January 28th, and Saturday, February 4, 2023. To learn more about PAFF, please visit

        Hold onto your seats and your popcorn! The reels are ready to roll. Festival organizers are excited to once again bring Black creatives, executives, and Black culture enthusiasts together in the heart of Black Los Angeles for 12 days for what is the largest Black History Month celebration in America. You are cordially invited to come and enjoy nearly 200 films and beautiful artwork created by over 70 artists, craftsmen, and unique vendors which tell narratives of Africa, Black America, Black Latin America, blacks in Europe and Asia and throughout the diaspora.

        PAFF screenings will take place at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills XD Theatre, while PAFF’s unparalleled Black fine arts festival will return to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

        Each year, thousands of film and art enthusiasts attend PAFF including some of today’s top actors, directors, producers, and executives, many who have gone on to win our industry’s top honors including the Golden Globes, Emmys and Oscars. PAFF is a designated Academy Awards Short Film Qualifier.

        The Pan African Film & Arts Festival was established in 1992 by Hollywood veterans Danny glover (the Color Purple, Lethal Weapon), the late Ja’Net DuBois (“Good Times”), and Ayuko Babu (Executive Director). Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that has remained dedicated to the promotion of Black stories and images through the exhibition of film, visual art, and other creative expression. PAFF is one of the largest and most prestigious Black film festivals in the United States and attracts locals, national, and international audiences. In addition, it is an Oscar-qualifying festival for animation and live-action films, and one of the largest Black History Month events in America.

        You can check off items on your bucket list or fulfill one of your new year’s resolutions, please visit and bookmark to find out more about the film and arts festival as well as to purchase tickets.