The Pembroke Taparellli Arts and Film Festival was founded as a means to provide independent artists committed to social justice with a place through which to share their work with our global community.  The festival seeks to give a platform to artists who seek to use their voice in film, theatre, spoken word, painting, sculptor, and photography to bring to light such issues as, poverty, gender inequality, homelessness, hunger, physical and psychological abuse, racism,  sex trafficking, war and grief.  

The festival is an intersection between art and social justice giving independent artists a place to create, thrive and bring to market work they are passionate about. Artists are allowed to take risk, tell their stories as they work to change the world.

The PTAFF is dedicated to the discovery and presentation of emerging artists, giving them an opportunity to let their voices be heard around the world.  Injustice in many forms is a reality affecting our global community, as artists we have a responsibility to stand up against injustice.  Many artists take action to turn these injustices around through their work.  We seek to support and aide these artist as they help to transform, save and change the lives of those who suffer, creating a sense of hope to fuel our struggle.


Our Mission

The Pembroke Taparelli Arts Festival (PTAFF) is a celebration of Domestic and International Artists (Filmmakers, Performers, visual artists) who are committed to fostering global change through the Arts.  We celebrate those fearless artists who are willing to share the good, the bad, and the ugly of our times holding themselves accountable for the change they desire to see.

The PTAFF will inspire conversation and promote a better understanding of the power the arts wield in combatting the injustices that have become a part of our daily lives.  

In addition, PTAFF is committed to the following:

  • Affirm the place the arts have in strengthening our universal commitment to Human Rights and Social Justice.
  • Promote the arts as a powerful tool in the global dialogue of peace and mutual respect.
  • Bring together international filmmakers, performers, artists and educators to present their work and share with community leaders and community audiences.
  • Promote healing through the arts, celebrate rich cultures, and share diverse experiences locally and internationally.
  • Create a pathway where socially conscious films and art work can be a part of mainstream film distribution.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
— ― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail

The Nathan George, Nuse Dekka, and Sheri Rosenberg Awards

These awards will be given to three individuals or organizations in recognition of their willingness to take up the mantle of activism and use art to take action. We celebrate the fact that through their efforts the lives of others have been impacted positively.  They have brought to light issues others have turned a blind eye to or been to afraid to address. We seek to celebrate and honor those individuals for their bravery, compassion and love for humanity.