Who we are

  • Festival Director Chike Nwoffiah and guest of honour Danny Glover at SVAFF 2016
  • Set in the beautiful city of San Jose, California, the capital of Silicon Valley and high-tech capital of the world, the Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) promotes an understanding and appreciation of Africa and Africans through moving images. Aptly themed “Africa through the African lens”, it is the only film festival in California that is exclusively focused on films made by African filmmakers and, crucially, provides audiences with exquisite lenses to the real Africa. The festival presents the richness, diversity and vitality of Africa’s creative expressions through the lenses of Africa’s seasoned and emerging filmmakers. SVAFF has built a substantial following and has become an annual destination film event that draws out of state and international guests.

    The 2017 festival will start on Friday, September 29 with an opening ceremony that will feature a VIP / Red Carpet reception, followed by a parade of flags of the countries in the festival, live entertainment, a fashion show and the screening of the opening night feature film. The festival continues throughout the weekend with more film screenings, live performances, an African marketplace, dialogue with filmmakers in attendance, panel discussions, community forums, more performances, food, etc. A centerpiece feature of the 2017 festival will be Diaspora Spotlight USA, a program that will honor and celebrate Africa's ancestral footprint in the USA through film screenings, exhibitions, performances, panel discussions, etc.

    Join us as we celebrate 8 years of Connecting Communities, Cultures and Continents! Whether you are a film or culture buff, this is the ONE Event you cannot afford to miss!