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African American Film Critics Association Partners with Cabo Verde International Film Festival

African American Film Critics Association Partners with Cabo Verde International Film Festival

Apparently missed this when the news first broke, but the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) has announced a partnership with the Cabo Verde International Film Festival (CVIFF), which takes place each fall on Sal Island to provide a platform for the Cape Verdean arts and film communities.

The partnership promises more filmmaker education at the festival itself, and hopefully more opportunities for films/filmmakers around the Diaspora to gain access to the US film market. Details in the press release below:

The Cabo Verde International Film Festival (CVIFF) is pleased to
announce an exciting new partnership with the African American Film
Critics Association (AAFCA). The partnership, which represents a unique
cultural exchange between the two organizations will provide attendees
of the growing film festival with an opportunity to be exposed to
important information about how they can break into the very lucrative
US film market throughout the festival, which takes place  on the Island
of Sal from October 17-20, 2013. 

AAFCA will present
its signature panel, “The Media Pitch Session” that presents key
strategies for filmmakers to cultivate productive relationships with the
media community.  The association will also offer additional
programming that will provide invaluable insights into how to create a
sustainable career in the film industry.  “We are delighted to welcome
AAFCA to our festival this year,” says Suely Neves, CVIFF Executive
Producer. “An essential part of our film festival is to educate and
empower filmmakers and we are confident that our relationship with AAFCA
will provide just that.”

“AAFCA is so excited to partner with
CVIFF,” says the group’s President Gil Robertson. “The wonderful
islands of Cape Verde are a gateway to Africa, so we feel very
privileged to work with festival organizers to better connect with
African filmmakers, as well as other cinema makers who are committed to
telling stories that capture the experience of African people around the

About African American Film Critics Association:
African American Film Critics Association is one of the world’s
premiere film critics groups. Founded in 2003, the group’s membership is
comprised of the leading African-descended film critics in America. The
organization actively reviews cinema at-large, with a particular
emphasis on films that include the Black experience.  AAFCA annually
creates platforms for African-descended filmmaker that culminates with
the AAFCA Awards, an A-list awards program that takes place in
Hollywood, CA, at the top of each calendar year. AAFCA members are also
involved in advocacy work that includes programming for students around
the world who are interested in film criticism and journalism. Visit: Twitter:  Facebook: www.facebook.africanamericanfilmcriticsassociation

About Cabo Verde International Film Festival:
purpose of the Cabo Verde International Film Festival (CVIFF) is to
provide a platform for the Cape Verdean Arts and Cinema communities with
the rest of the world. CVIFF also produces programming that entertains
and provides benefit to filmmakers through workshops, artistic and
cultural activities and much more. CVIFF is produced by V!VA Imagens,  a
media production company based in Praia that provides artistic,
audio-visual, photography, online-TV, and film services and projects.
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