8th Annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF)
Celebrating 8 years of Connecting Communities, Cultures and Continents!

Set in beautiful 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 Best of Silicon Valley 2015, 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 & Prizes

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

Special Awards include:
Emerging Filmmaker Award
Maverick Spirit Award
Africa Reel Award
Diaspora Spotlight 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.

Rules & Terms

Entry Deadline: July 31, 2017

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 2017 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 August 21, 2017 to SVAFF:
• Digital images
• Press Kits
• DVD media screeners of the film or an electronic copy if available
• A picture and short bio/filmography of the director

• Films must be submitted on DVD or Blu-ray for qualification. We can only accept REGION 1 or 0 (Region-free) DVDs.
• DVDs should not include labels or stickers of any kind: only laser printed artwork, if any, should be on the disc itself. Please write your Project Title and Contact number on the disc.

The Silicon Valley African Film Festival will only screen films in one of the following formats:
• Blu-ray
• DVD (Region 1 or 0)
• High Resolution electronic formats are acceptable

Ship your films to:
Festival Director
Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF)
2496 Wyandotte Street
Mountain View, CA 94043, USA

14 Reviews

Overall Rating
  • false
    Jacarrea Garraway

    They have so much hospitality and really treat their guest like family!

    November 2017
  • false
    Xavier Neal-Burgin

    It's a great festival for black filmmakers and I believe anyone who is of the diaspora should be a part of it.

    October 2017
  • false
    Amani Film House

    The communication was on point, I was helped at every stage,
    Thankyou Silicon Valley festival.

    October 2017
  • false
    Nada Ibrahim

    It was one of the best experiences i have ever had, not just on the film making level, but also on the personal and intellectual level. Variety of people gathering from allover the continent engaging in friendly and constructive discussions about various aspects in life, it was a very enlightening and enriching festival. The organizers are beyond amazing, very welcoming and attentive to every little detail concerning the festival and the filmmakers. I would definitely recommend this festival for anyone willing to have a deeper image of Africa and Africans in general.

    October 2017
  • false
    Seun Babalola

    This festival is worth the submission. Good caliber of films and the team makes you feel welcome. They treat filmmakers like family and do their best to support the efforts of those featured throughout the weekend. Can't wait to see how the festival grows in the upcoming years.

    October 2017