Festival Director's Bio
Chike Nwoffiah is a graduate of the University of Lagos, Columbia University's Graduate School of Business INM program and the Hollywood Film Institute. An award winning filmmaker, director and educator, Mr. Nwoffiah’s awards include: California Arts Council Director’s Award, International Cinema in Industry Competition (Cindy) Gold Award, Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Award, and the Telly Award. Some of his film credits include: A Jewel in History, A Killing in Choctaw, Jamaica – Spirit of Enterprise, Growing Up Black in America, Ago! Amee! and Sabar. He is a past president of Mountain View Television and currently serves on the boards of the Arts Council Silicon Valley, Chamber of Commerce Mountain View Education Foundation; Alliance for California Traditional Arts, and African Diaspora Network. Nwoffiah was listed as one of the "Top Ten Most Influential African Americans" in the San Francisco Bay Area by CityFlight Magazine in 2000. He has served on several regional and national arts policy and grant review panels including: the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Sacramento Arts Commission, San Francisco Arts Commission, Arts Council Silicon Valley, Walter and Elise Haas Fund and the Center for Cultural Innovation. In 2004, 2005 and 2008, he served as a Fund for Folk Culture strategy panelist on the development of support systems for Immigrant and Refugee Arts in the United States. Nwoffiah has been a guest lecturer at University of California Los Angeles Urban Policy Institute, Southern New Hampshire University's Community Development graduate program and Menlo College Humanities program. He has presented keynote speeches at several conferences and events, including: the United States Post Office unveiling of the Ella Fitzgerald Stamp, the SCC Black Educators conference, the National conference of Community Arts Educators, etc. He was a contributing author to the acclaimed book "Black Cultural Traffic - Crossroads in Global Performance and Popular Culture" edited by Stanford University professors Harry Elam, Jr. and Kennel Jackson. Nwoffiah has received several commendations and recognition for his community service, including a Certificate of Special Recognition from the California State House of Assembly (2009), Arts Leadership Award by the Arts Council Silicon Valley (2010); Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition by the US House of Congress (2011 & 2012). Chike Nwoffiah is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley and an adjunct professor at Menlo College in Atherton, California where he teaches African and African American History.