SIFF has received The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ multiyear grant for its “African Pictures” program to be presented during the annual Seattle International Film Festival. SIFF will receive a total of $150,000 over a three-year period to showcase the filmmaking activity emerging from Africa. 

Past African films that have received their North American premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival include “Tey” (Senegal, 2012); “Otelo Burning” (South Africa, 2011) and “Spud (South Africa, 2010); and “Imani” (Uganda, 2009). 

Starting at SIFF 2013 (May 16 through June 9, 2013), a minimum of 10 African feature films a year will be presented at the Seattle International Film Festival throughout the course of the three-year program. 

SIFF programmer Dustin Kaspar is currently travelling in Africa, attending the Durban International Film Festival (July 2012), Cairo International Film Festival (December 2012) and FESPACO (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, February 2013). His presence in Africa and at these film festivals will afford an opportunity to build industry relationships and deepen SIFF’s programming.

Visiting African filmmakers will be invited to attend and engage with other filmmaking delegates from around the world and interact with audiences following their film screenings.