Cabo Verde International Film Festival

The Cabo Verde International Film Festival (CVIFF) is a film festival in Cape Verde first established in 2010.[1][2]

As of September 2018 about 200 films have been screened at the festival.[3] While CVIFF has received entries from other nations, most films screened are from the host country.[1]


Suely Neves in 2016

CVIFF's executive producer is Suely Neves. A graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst,[4] she wrote her graduate thesis for SIT Graduate Institute on Cape Verde's deportation policies.[5][6] She has been a project officer at the International Organization for Migration and 3x3 basketball coordinator.[4][7]


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.[2] 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.[2]

In 2014, it was reported that Hollywood filmmaker Mike Costa would be participating in that year's CVIFF as a panelist and jury member.[8] The year prior the festival partnered with the African-American Film Critics Association to increase American presence there.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b Matos, João (14 October 2017). "Sucesso do Festival Internacional de Cinema de Cabo Verde". RFI (in Portuguese). Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Cinema em Cabo Verde: A ambição de fazer um festival". SAPO Muzika (in Portuguese). 4 April 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Selecionados os 16 filmes para a 9ª edição Festival Internacional de Cinema de Cabo Verde". SAPO Muzika (in Portuguese). 12 September 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b van Stokkum, Linde-Kee (June 2015). More Mobility for Development! (PDF) (Report). Foundation Max van der Stoel. pp. 14–15. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  5. ^ McInerney, Katherine (5 March 2008). "Cape Verdean deportees import U.S. problems". Dorchester Reporter. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  6. ^ Neves, Suely Ramos (27 November 2007). Connecting The Dots: What Is The Current Process For Reintegrating Cape Verdean Immigrants Deported From The United States? (PDF). Capstone Collection (Thesis). Retrieved 27 November 2019 – via Lay
  7. ^ "Cape Verde eye exposure at FIBA 3x3 Africa Cup Qualifier in Benin". 15 August 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  8. ^ "The 2014 Cabo Verde Int'l Film Festival Draws Hollywood Insider Mike Costa". The Network Journal. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  9. ^ Brown, Ann (25 October 2013). "Cabo Verde International Film Fest A Hit With New U.S. Partnership". Moguldom. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  10. ^ "African American Film Critics Association Partners with Cabo Verde International Film Festival". Shadow & Act. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2019.

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