“Chevalier” starring Kelvin Harrison Jr. will be screened on opening night of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival. (Courtesy photo)

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 Feb. 9-20, 2023, in Los Angeles at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills and XD and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

Volunteers enjoy the benefits of free and unlimited access to all 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 online at paff.org, and potential volunteers are encouraged to get their applications in quickly.

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

Volunteer orientation will take place at 10 a.m. in the Community Room at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on Sat. Jan. 21, Sat. Jan. 28, and Sat. Feb. 4.

The 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 U.S. and attracts local, 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.

On opening night, “Chevalier” will be screened.  The film is inspired by the incredible story of composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. The illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner, Bologne (Kelvin Harrison Jr. in a tour de force performance) rises to improbable heights in French society as a celebrated violinist-composer and fencer, complete with an ill-fated love affair and a falling out with Marie Antoinette (Lucy Boynton) herself and her court.

To learn more about PAFF, please visit paff.org.