Actress, Chelsea Tavares to be honored with the Dave "Shaky Dave" Lomba Entertainment Industry Award. Chelsea Tavares is best known for her roles on the Nickelodean series "Unfabulous", "Just Jordon" and ABC Family series "Make it or Break it". She has acted in films such as "Royal Family Christmas", "Royal Family Holiday", "Dance-Off" and "Fright Night". Nominated for three Young Artists Awards, Chelsea continues to be one of the hardest working Kriolas in Hollywood while proudly representing her Cape Verdean Heritage. Congratulations!

Acclaimed Photographer Ronald Barboza is this year's Honoree for his decades of capturing and preserving Cape Verdean Culture through his photographs. Also known as the "Godfather" of the Cape Verdean Film Movement, we salute Ron for all his hard work.

Dave Lomba's legacy will be honored and enshrined at The Cape Verdean American Film Festival with the Dave "Shaky Dave" Lomba Entertainment Industry Appreciation Award. Dave Lomba was a leader in spreading Cape Verdean Cultural Awareness to thousands while living in L.A. He will forever be missed.

The Cape Verdean American Film Festival is proud to announce Esperanca Ja as this year's festival charitable organization. Run by Lucy Rose, the goal of Esperanca Ja is to assist Cabo Verdeans who are in need, especially the youth with disabilities both locally and globally.


Actor, Kelly Perine

Hollywood Actor Kelly Perine showcasing his latest film "A Perfect Day". Kelly Perine and his film will headline our American Film Showcase.




Founded by actor/director Tim Reid, The Legacy Media Institute is dedicated to bringing together leading professionals in the film and television industry, outstanding actors and young men and women who wish to pursue a career in the entertainment media.  This alliance helps bridge the gap between the academic institutions young filmmakers are currently attending and the realities of everyday life in media production industries.  The film festival is being co-sponsored by Norfolk State University and the city of Norfolk.



Actor Tim Reid

Actor Tim Reid Hosted The Cape Verdean American Film Festival! Reid started out on the The Richard Pryor Show. Reid starred as DJ "Venus Flytrap" on the hit CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, in what is perhaps his best known TV role. Reid also starred as Lieutenant Marcel Proust "Downtown" Brown (episodes 43-127), on the CBS detective series Simon & Simon. In 1988, Reid won an award from Viewers for Quality Television Awards as "Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series" in Frank's Place. In 1988, the same role earned him an Image Award for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series." Reid appeared in the movie version of Stephen King's IT. He played the role of Mike Hanlon, the librarian at the Derry, Maine Public Library. Reid also made an appearance as Sgt. Ray Bennett of the Seacouver Police Department in three first-season episodes ofHighlander: The Series. He had a starring role in the series Sister Sister as Ray. 


Actor Michael Beach

Actor Micahel Beach is perhaps best known for portraying FDNY paramedic Monte 'Doc' Parker on the NBC drama Third Watch, and for his recurring role as Al Boulet, the ex-husband of physician assistant Jeanie Boulet on the NBC medical drama ER. More recently, he has been known for his recurring role as Colonel Ellis in Stargate Atlantis. But we all know him from the Classic African American Film "Soulfood", where he starred opposite the great Vanessa Williams.




The Mendes Brothers

Ramiro Mendes and João Mendes (Mendes Brothers) are artists, composers and humanitarians from Cape Verde Islands who have dedicated their entire career to innovating the music of Cape Verde and promoting unity and peace in Africa and the world.  1996 winners of the Boston Music Awards, the Mendes Brothers are the pioneers of Cape Verde’s Bandera and Talaia Baxu music revolution and one of the leading forces behind the modern arrangement and production of Cape Verdean music.
In 2006, the President and the Government of Cape Verde awarded the Mendes Brothers the country’s highest civilian medals, Order of Volcano and the Metal of Merits, respectively, for their invaluable contribution to the culture of Cape Verde. As humanitarians, the Mendes Brothers have worked tirelessly for over twenty years in the most remote regions of Africa, including Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde, promoting peace and reconciliation through their music.


The Honorable Gracia Hillman

Gracia Hillman is an expert in voter engagement, voting rights, election administration, and the interests and rights of women, minorities and people with disabilities.  Her distinguished career includes having served as Chair of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, President and CEO of WorldSpace Foundation, Senior Coordinator for International Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of the U.S., Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and National Coalition on Black Voter Participation.  Gracia currently provides nonprofit management and strategic development consulting services.  Her writings include “Toward A More Perfect Union: The Congressional Black Caucus & Voting Rights,” and “E-Voting and Democracy in America.”  In 2014, she joined Demos as a Senior Fellow and contributes to the organization’s work to expand the freedom to vote for all of America’s citizens. 


Gracia’s global experience includes travel to several countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe working with government officials and local NGOs.  She served as an official representative of the United States government at conferences and meetings convened by the United Nations (UN), Organization of American States (OAS) and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and negotiated program partnerships with UN agencies and indigenous groups.  While at WorldSpace Foundation, she oversaw the creation and production of the Africa Learning Channel, providing first-voice social development and educational programming to Africa through satellite radio.  Gracia is also proud to have served as co-chair of the 2005 World Conference on Cape Verde. 


Gracia believes in engaged communities and is committed to voluntary service.  She has provided leadership as an officer of numerous nonprofit boards of directors and government commissions. 


Activist Nuala Cabral

Rhode Island native Nuala Cabral is an educator, activist and
award-winning filmmaker, who has taught media production and media
literacy in high schools, colleges and community centers. While
earning a Master’s degree in Media Studies and Production from Temple
University in 2010, Nuala co-founded FAAN Mail (Fostering Activism &
Alternatives Now!) a media literacy/activist project formed by women
of color. Currently, Nuala manages communications and media
programming at a youth leadership organization in Philadelphia. In
addition to her media interests, Nuala is a founding member of the
Black Feminist Working Group and board member of Stop Street


The Michelle Cruz Jazz Quartet

With Michelle Cruz on Vocals, Aaron Abrahamson Cote on Drums, Joseph Godfrey on Piano & Matthew Passeroni on Bass this one-of-a-kind "Quartet" is poised to pay tribute to the Legendary Mendes Brothers and entertain us with their smooth musical melodies.



Singer Toi Pinto

World Class Singer Toi Pinto will grace us with his talents of African/Jazz/Cape Verdean flavor. Specializing in Morna, Coladera & Blues this is a performer and performance not to miss!



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Spoken Word Poet, Iva Brito

Iva is a visual and performing artist conveying her love for her Cape Verdean culture through her artistic expression. Many of her paintings are of Cape Verde’s beautiful landscapes and people. In August of 2012, she exhibited her work at Brooks Academy Museum in collaboration with the Harwich Historic Society. She is a spoken word poet having performed at various organizations such as the New Bedford Whaling Museum, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Amherst, Emmanuel College and New Bedford NAACP. She is an admirer of the revolutionary leader Amilcar Cabral and organized two poetry events in honor of him in New Bedford. Iva is also an actress recently having the lead role in the Gee’s Bend Play at Your Theater in New Bedford. She has always been an active member of the Cape Verdean community, and is a board member for the Cape Verdean Association. In 2011 she served as the Chair of Youth and Volunteer Subcommittee for Hello Cabo Verde Expo in which she performed the opening poem for the event.


Author Vasco R. A. Pires

Capt. Vasco R. A. Pires will be giving the festival introduction and presentation "The History of Cape Verde". Vasco is a tenured educator, visual artist, world traveler, author, director and spokesman for Cape Verde and we our honored and blessed to have him narrate our culture's history at the festival.

The Creola Genealogist, Anna Lima Delgado

Anna Lima Delgado runs the highly successful "The Creola Genealogist" blog which explores Cape Verdean genealogy, history, identity and all other things Cape Verdean.



Our "one-of-a-kind" trophy for the festival will be the giant Conta de Ojo. This trophy will be a softball sized Conta de Ojo glass ball mounted onto a plaque with the Director's name and film on it. *Only the Festival Honorees and Grand Jury /Best Film will receive trophy. All other winners will receive certificates.



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