This weekend, the Silicon Valley African Film Festival will spend its 10th year in San Jose at the Historic Hoover Theatre. Including full-length and short feature and documentary films, plus music videos and animation, the SVAFF welcomes African filmmakers from all over the globe – and half of the filmmakers are female! There are tons of activities in the Rose Garden neighborhood to check out in between the amazing films.
DAY 1, OCTOBER 4
SVAFF will kick things off at San Jose City Hall with an opening ceremony featuring traditional drums from Oriki African drummers, San Jose Taiko and Tezkatlipoka Aztec. The opening night red carpet starts at 5:30PM at Hoover Theatre and continues with a reception, libation ceremony, live performances and a feature film screening.
A beautiful fountain takes center stage at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
DAY 2, OCTOBER 5
With a full day of films ahead, you’ll need a hearty meal to fuel your morning. Before you head to the festival, grab some breakfast at Park Station Hashery. In between films, take a stroll and discuss your favorites from the festival at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden. Throughout the day, enjoy post-screening dialogue with directors, an African market, fashion show and much more!
Eat your fill at Park Station Hashery just across the street from the Historic Hoover Theatre
DAY 3, OCTOBER 6
Grab breakfast at Bill’s Café, an iconic San Jose breakfast spot near the Municipal Rose Garden. Before the last day of the festival starts at 1PM, squeeze in a trip to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. With over four thousand ancient Egyptian artifacts, the Rosicrucian houses the largest collection of authentic ancient Egyptian artifacts on display in Western North America. Enjoy the last day of the film festival and don’t miss the Global African Women in Film panel at 2PM!
The Rosicrucian Museum houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in Western North America
You can find a full schedule of events and more details for the Silicon Valley African Film Festival here.