When the 2014 Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) opens on Friday, October 17 at the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), the world’s high-tech capital will once again become a lens for experiencing the true stories, hopes and dreams of Africa. Celebrating its fifth year in 2014, the annual weekend showcase of more than 25 films from various African nations will take audiences of all ages across the continent, presenting a mix of feature films, shorts and animations from Africa’s seasoned and emerging first-voice filmmakers. Presented by Oriki Theater in partnership with the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) and the African Diaspora Network, the mission of the festival is to promote an understanding and appreciation of Africa and Africans through moving images.
Friday, October 17, 2014:
6:30PM: Formal Opening Ceremony with parade of flags of countries in the festival, live performances by Stanford University’s award winning a cappella group Talisman; Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance company, and Oriki drumming ensemble.
8:00PM: Opening Night Feature film.
10:30PM: Opening Night Party / Filmmakers Reception.
Saturday, October 18, 2014:
10:00AM: Listen Up youth forum with Canada based visual artist Kosi Nnebe - gallery walk and dialogue.
12:00Noon: African Women in Technology Forum - an illuminating conversation with Africa's next generation of women leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, visiting from 16 African countries.
2:00PM: Live performance in the courtyard.
Sunday, October 19, 2014:
5:00PM: Closing Night Film.
7:00PM: Closing / Awards Ceremony.