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SVAFF - Silicon Valley African Film Festival

Set in beautiful Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay Area of California – the high-tech capital of the world, the Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) provides audiences a unique lens to the real Africa. 

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 recognizes and celebrates the creation and discovery of cinematic art and innovation, and provides the San Francisco Bay Area community access to 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.

Held on the 3rd weekend of October, the festival's opening ceremony begins on Friday with a VIP / Red Carpet reception, followed by a parade of flags of the about 25 African 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, performances, an African marketplace, dialogue with filmmakers in attendance, panel discussions, community forums, more performances, food, etc. A centerpiece feature of the festival is the Diaspora Spotlight, a program that honors and celebrates Africa's ancestral footprint in a country or region of the African diaspora through film screenings, exhibitions, performances, panel discussions, etc. The inaugural Spotlight program will be at SVAFF 2016 and will feature Brazil!

Whether you are a film or culture buff, this is the ONE Event you cannot afford to miss!


Oriki Theater is a Silicon Valley based performing arts company that is dedicated to the promotion of Africa’s culture and heritage through a unique combination of dance, drama, music, poetry, folk stories, chants and the DRUM. From outreach programs in schools to theatrical productions and workshops, Oriki brings to our community a shared experience of Africa, its people and their way of life. www.oriki.org

Founded in 1968, CSMA is Northern California’s largest non-profit provider of arts education programs and, with a $4.9 million budget and 160-member staff and faculty, it is one of the ten largest community schools in the United States. Located in one of the global capitals of creativity, CSMA is dedicated to instilling, training and nurturing creativity for all stages of life. Headquartered in the award-winning Finn Center in the City of Mountain View, CSMA directly serves over 22,660 people of all ages, skill levels and economic means each year, including 10,660 students in more than 600 classrooms at 32 schools in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.  www.arts4all.org