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posted Friday, May 13, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 20
Seattle International Film Festival
recipient of grant from Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
announces African Pictures 2016
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Seattle International Film Festival
recipient of grant from Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
announces African Pictures 2016

SIFF is the recipient of a generous FilmWatch grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For the 2016 Festival (slated for May 19-June 12), SIFF will receive $25,000 to continue its groundbreaking African Pictures program, presented annually at the Seattle International Film Festival and funded by a multi-year Academy grant from 2013 through 2015. FilmWatch grants support curated screening programs at North America-based film festivals, film societies, and other film-related organizations.

'The Academy's grant recognizes SIFF's tremendous initiative in fostering and presenting film from and about Africa,' says SIFF Festival Director and Chief Curator Carl Spence. 'Academy funding of African Pictures has given SIFF an unprecedented opportunity as a major international film festival to showcase a substantive program of films from and about Africa, and more importantly bringing African filmmakers to the United States to engage with the film industry, film aficionados, and students at all levels.'

Since 2013, African Pictures has presented 67 films from 37 countries, including 6 World premieres, 17 North American premieres, and 3 US premieres. Curated by SIFF programmers Dustin Kaspar and Justine Barda, the film selections include something for everyone - from ethereal and experimental to gritty and provocative - African Pictures showcases a microcosm of world cinema available only at SIFF. Additionally, the program has welcomed 41 guests from 12 countries, gathered from near and far to participate in engaging Q&As, industry networking, and educational panels on every aspect of the global film scene.

Engaging once again with critical issues of our time, African Pictures for 2016 presents two looks at political unrest among youth with the thrilling first-hand Senegalese documentary The Revolution Won't Be Televised, making its US Premiere at SIFF, and the touching Tunisian narrative drama As I Open My Eyes. Film festival veteran Lamb, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was Ethiopia's official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Academy Awards, explores the different ways its young characters react and rebel when they encounter tradition and social status quo, in this enchanting directorial debut set against the breathtaking backdrop of East African countryside.

SIFF alumna filmmaker Nadine Angel Cloete (short film Miseducation, SIFF 2013) will return to Seattle in person with the World Premiere of her first feature, Action Comandante, an eye-opening documentary about South African freedom fighter Ashley Kriel. The first African Pictures feature from Burkina Faso, multiple-award-winning Eye of the Storm, explores the issues, corruption, and damaging legacy surrounding child soldiers through the fictionalized tale of a war crimes trial.

As part of African Pictures, SIFF provides tickets to educators and their students to participate in and attend screenings at the Festival in addition to taking filmmakers into classrooms around the region as part of SIFF's FutureWave education outreach program for K-12 and University students. To date, African Pictures filmmakers have visited twenty such classes in the Seattle area, spending time with nearly one thousand students.

Courtesy of SIFF

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