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9th Annual Khem Fest and Khem Animation Film Festival

Khem Fest is a convention, festival that celebrates Black Animation, Gaming and Comic Creators.


When and where

Date and time

September 23 · 12pm - September 24 · 5pm EDT


CitiPlex 12 Newark 360-394 Springfield Ave. Newark, NJ 07103

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event
Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

About this event

  • 1 day 5 hours
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Khem Fest is a convention, festival, and celebration. Our goal of the event is to use comic books, animation, films, and popular culture to develop youth literacy and expression through S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Hence, we created a festival that will feature and promote creators of comics, animation, books, film, and other media with a focus on people of color; culture, concepts, and interests. Our festival is for everyone and a diverse networking event for professionals as well as enthusiasts to aspire, inspire and appreciate people of color contributions as it relates to Popular Arts media. KHEM FEST is not limited to comics. Our events highlight other literary genres like speculative fiction, as well as video games, collectible toys and models, films/documentaries, and all other media related to the Popular Arts.

KHEM FEST will also provide relevant, engaging, informative entertainment and professional networking opportunities for the Newark community. Among the attractions provided are interactive activities which include; Animation Film Festival, Marketplace, Comic Book workshops, Panel Discussions, Screenings, and Gaming Lounge. Our organization works with its community partners to promote awareness of the competition and the many activities taking place to serve as a bridge to bring the community together.

Khem Animation Film Festival/Awards Show

Welcome to 4th Annual Khem Animation Film Festival (KAFF) a new addition to the annual Khem Fest to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding creative talent we have within Animation, VFX and Gaming industries. The Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday the 24th of September 2023 at CitiPlex 12 Newark.

The KAFF MISSION is to promote public awareness of animation and the opportunities for minorities within the profession.

The KAFF is an independent event putting together an international competition of talented filmmakers and groundbreaking stories, from traditional hand drawing to the new century techniques of design.

Our passion for animated films stimulate from being raised in the '80s with Saturday Morning Cartoons, and we want to celebrate those who create them.

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About the organizer

PBS STEAM Foundation is a IRS 501C3 Tax exempt Non-Profit Organization targeting families of black and brown youth, in developing careers in STEAM.

Our purpose is to expose and engage black and brown youth. Our mission is to engage, identify and mold black and brown youth visionaries, pioneers, and technopreneurs in STEAM. According to the Pew Research Center, only 17 percent of Black and Brown people (2017-2019), obtain a job in the STEM workforce. To further enhance this issue, 1 in 10 STEM professionals is a minority woman. Our organization aims to provide proactive solutions to increasing black and brown youth in STEAM fields.