The Silicon Valley Africa Film Festival is an annual festival for films made by Africans about Africa. As part of Global Diaspora Week 2014, the 5th annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) brought the African community together to celebrate the works of African film makers while supporting and networking with each other. Aptly themed Africa through African lens, SVAFF showcased films by Africa’s emerging and seasoned filmmakers. The mission of the festival was to promote an understanding and appreciation of Africa and Africans through moving images.
2014 Festival highlights included: red carpet opening night reception, parade of flags of the countries in the festival, libation ceremony, African drumming and dance performance, film screenings, post-screening dialogue with filmmakers in attendance, a visual arts exhibit by young Nigerian Canadian artist Kosi Nnebe, performance by Stanford University’s award winning acapella group Talisman, theme parties, African marketplace, food, closing and awards ceremony.
The main event of the festival, the African Women in Technology Forum, was held on Saturday, October 18. The event was presented in partnership with African Diaspora Network and Institute of International Education – TechWomen, and featured an illuminating conversation with Africa’s next generation of women leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, visiting from 16 countries.
For more information visit www.svaff.org/.