Quick Facts

  • The Cascade Festival of African Films is the longest running¬† annual, non-profit, non-commercial, volunteer-run African Film Festival in the United States – and possibly the world.
  • CFAF is free¬† and open to the public.
  • About 400 people attended the first festival in 1991. Today over 5,500 people attend the festival annually.
  • Visiting film directors from Senegal, Mali, Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Mexico, and the United States have attended the festival to present their films.
  • Actor Danny Glover attended the festival in 2002 to receive an award from CFAF for his contributions to African cinema.
  • Educational materials on films and related countries are always available at the festival.
  • After-film discussions are held at every screening except for the Thursday matinees.
  • The Cascade Festival of African Films has built the African Film Collection in the Portland Community College Library into one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest. Over 275 African videos and DVDs are available to the public at no charge.
  • For festival history and mission, check this site’s About section.