Cabo Verde International Film Festival
CVIFF's executive producer is Suely Neves. A graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst, she wrote her graduate thesis for SIT Graduate Institute on Cape Verde's deportation policies. She has been a project officer at the International Organization for Migration and 3x3 basketball coordinator.
The film festival first premiered on October 2010 in Espargos, Sal. While originally conceived in 2008, the idea of a film festival had to be postponed due to the financial crisis. The first event had a total of five films screened which Neves has said was a positive start for the newly organized event. At the time, CVIFF was unable to secure sponsorships from businesses or cultural organizations which would remain a problem for at least the next three years.
In 2014, it was reported that Hollywood filmmaker Mike Costa would be participating in that year's CVIFF as a panelist and jury member. The year prior the festival partnered with the African-American Film Critics Association to increase American presence there.
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