American Film Showcase


The American Film Showcase (AFS) is a major touring film program bringing American documentaries, feature films and animated shorts to audiences worldwide. AFS is a partnership between the Department of State's Bureau of Educational, Cultural Affairs and USC's School of Cinematic Arts, the International Documentary Association and Film Independent.

The American Film Showcase brings award-winning contemporary American documentaries to audiences around the world, offering a view of American society and culture as seen by independent documentary 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 documentaries in fostering understanding and cooperation, dialogue and debate. 

Teams made up of a feature filmmaker, film expert and SCA staff member will travel to selected countries for trips that will typically last between seven and ten days. With the support of local American embassies, the filmmaker and expert will screen films as well as participate in a wide range of community and professional activities, including presenting workshops in all areas of production, writing, animation, and even distribution and independent financing. Trips will generally include traveling outside of the major cities to smaller towns, villages and into rural communities.

The Showcase will provide opportunities for international audiences to become exposed to American viewpoints on socially relevant issues as presented in these films; gain an understanding of the role of filmmaking as a catalyst for dialogue and for exploring solutions to contemporary problems, and allow American filmmakers to learn about life and culture in the foreign host countries. These events will help engage audiences overseas that have access to few, if any, American independent documentaries and narrative films.

For more information, please visit the AFS website.