10th Annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF)
Celebrating 10 years of Connecting Communities, Cultures and Continents!

Set in Silicon Valley, California, the high-tech capital of the world, SVAFF is a highly respected destination event that draws hundreds of out of state and international guests. Voted 2015 Best of Silicon Valley, SVAFF is the only film festival in California that is exclusively focused on films made by African filmmakers. The festival has built a substantial following and has become an annual destination film event that draws out of state and international guests to Silicon Valley.

Aptly themed “Africa through the African lenses”, the mission of the Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) is to promote an understanding and appreciation of Africa and Africans through moving images. In fulfillment of its mission, SVAFF:
1.) Curates a world-class festival of African films and provides our audience access to the richness, diversity and vitality of Africa’s creative expressions.
2.) Promotes cultural literacy by hosting post-screening dialogues so our audience can engage and interact with African filmmakers on issues of personal, local and global significance.
3.) Promotes ideas exchange and collaborations between American and African film industry and allied services practitioners.

From our red carpet reception to film screenings, visual arts exhibit, panel discussions, live performances, African food, an African market, etc., the entire festival weekend offers unique social and artistic visions that engage our audience in thought-provoking dialogue, and offer film artists and film lovers alike an opportunity to connect.

Awards in all categories are presented during the Closing / Awards Ceremony and all films automatically qualify:
Narrative Feature
Narrative Short
Documentary full length
Documentary Short length

The following Special Awards may be given at the discretion of the festival board of directors:
Emerging Filmmaker Award
Cultural Icon Award

All filmmakers receive official certificates of participation and those in attendance receive "goody bags" with lots of treats inside.

The Board can also choose to honor a filmmaker, patron or friend of the festival with an award not listed.

Entry Deadline: May 31, 2019

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019, the Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) is a showcase of seasoned and emerging filmmakers from the African continent whose works reflect the true stories, hopes and dreams of Africa. If you are an African filmmaker with an artistic vision and voice that needs to be seen and heard, this is your festival.

SVAFF 2019 presents an opportunity for filmmakers to have their films screened in Silicon Valley, California. If selected, filmmakers authorize Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) to conduct screenings during the Silicon Valley African Film Festival, African Cinema Café Film Series and Africa in the Classroom program.

If selected, filmmakers will provide the following materials no later than June 30, 2019 to SVAFF:
• Digital images
• Press Kits
• Downloadable electronic copy of the film (MOV, MPG)
• A picture and short bio/filmography of the director

• Only Electronic submissions are accepted.

The Silicon Valley African Film Festival will only screen films in the following format:
• High Resolution electronic formats (preferred)

• We encourage films that are in native languages, but ALL films must have ENGLISH subtitles to qualify for screening.

Email us at: programming@svaff.org

Our mailing address is:
Festival Director
Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF)
25 North 14th Street, Suite 505
San Jose, CA 95112

Overall Rating
  • Paola Zerman

    An incredible experience! Thank you

    June 2019
  • Thank you view our film here https://rollywood.vhx.tv/our-ethiopia

    October 2018
  • Dalissa De Oca

    Amazing Experience! I really enjoyed being part of the festival!

    October 2018
  • Mohamed essam

    The BEST festival I ever attended, well organized,full of special movies,caring about the filmmakers,such a special engaged audience, supportive professional ,diversity in films And cultures...above all of this too much love and welcoming that you feel they are a family and the movie took the spot it needed to be screened and discussed and I am honored that the movie is awarded ..they have special program and special guest that mr Chike the festival director and his crew gave so much effortless to get it special like the way it is ....from both of us the director and the producer,thank you SVAFF you will always has such a special place To is and keep the great work up
    Omnya Abdelwahab & Mohamed Essam

    October 2018
  • Mohamed Mowafi

    Fir the 2nd year my film participated in your great festival , I wish next year I can be able to attend the festival days with you , wish you all the best of luck and more success in the next editions. Thanks again .
    Mohamed Mowafi
    Film Producer & Director

    October 2018