The American Film Showcase brings award-winning contemporary American documentaries, independent fiction films, and documentary know-how 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 (ECA) and produced by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts (SCA), the Showcase highlights the value of film in fostering understanding and cooperation, dialogue and debate.
A cultural diplomacy program and a film collection
The American Film Showcase consists of two main components: A person-to-person cultural diplomacy program and a film collection with which U.S. embassies and consulates may organize screenings, Q&As, and discussions. Working with 35-40 selected US embassies and consulates per year, AFS sends American filmmakers and film experts on 7-10 day international cultural diplomacy trips made up of screenings, masterclasses, workshops and press engagements.