Seattle Intl. Film Fest Reveals First African Pictures Program

SIFF-AfricanProgramTonight, SIFF will unveil the first round of films that will screen at the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival. The announcement will take place before a nationwide screening of Nairobi Half Life; Seattle International Film Festival programmers will reveal film selections and present trailers from SIFF’s new African Pictures program.

In 2012, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded SIFF a multiyear grant for its African Pictures program, which aims to celebrate the diverse and burgeoning hotbed of filmmaking activity emerging across the continent of Africa. This grant gives SIFF an unparalleled opportunity as a major international film festival to showcase a substantive program of indigenous films from Africa along with films by African filmmakers working outside the continent.

“We are excited to launch African Pictures as a major program of the Seattle International Film Festival,” said SIFF Artistic and Co-Director Carl Spence. “With vital support from AMPAS along with other partners we look forward to the opportunity to shine a light on and bring awareness to provocative, relevant and entertaining stories being told across the continent of Africa through the medium of film.”