American Film Showcase

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The American Film Showcase brings award-winning contemporary American documentaries, feature films and animated shorts to audiences around the world, offering a view of American society and culture as seen by independent filmmakers. Funded by a grant from the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, the Showcase highlights the value of film in fostering understanding and cooperation, dialogue and debate.

Through the American Film Showcase, U.S. Embassies in 40 countries organize film screenings, discussions and workshops in all areas related to film, such as production, writing, animation,  distribution and independent financing.

Program Length

7-10 days

Eligibility and Application Overview

There is no application or submission process for American Film Showcase. Films are selected by a committee to participate in the American Film Showcase program. Criteria for selected films include:

  • High artistic quality;
  • Contemporary insights into American life and culture;
  • Explore issues affecting democratic societies;
  • Take into account cultural sensitivities of foreign public and appropriateness for youth audiences;
  • Explore issues affecting democratic societies;
  • Offer diverse viewpoints and balanced treatment of subject matter .
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American Film Showcase Website

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