SALAY to Screen at The Black Harvest Film Festival

SALAY will screen at the Gene Siskel Film Center for the 2013 Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago, IL.

SALAY’s Official Premiere in Sierra Leone

SALAY will screen ay 6:00pm Sunday, March 2nd at the Globe Cinemas in Freetown, Sierra Leone at Opin Yu Yi Human Rights Film Festival.

An additional screening is scheduled for Thursday, March 7th in Lumley. Screening times will be announced on their website.

SALAY’s Television Premiere

In collaboration with the San Francisco Black Film Festival, and in honor of Black History Month, SALAY will premiere February 27th on television in San Francisco on KMTP Channel 32 at 9pm PST.

SALAY Earns Best Short Nominations

SALAY made it’s Los Angeles and Mid-West debuts at both the Beloit International Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival; and earned a “Best Short” nomination at both.

At Beloit, the film was also selected as BIFF Executive Director’s Top 10 Films of the festival.



Official Selection – Beloit International Film Festival

SALAY to make it’s Midwestern debut at the Beloit International Film Festival, February 2013. Screening dates and times, TBD.

BIFF official selection laurels



“Now in its eigth year, BIFF is a four-day tribute to the power of film and the excitement of independent film from around the world.  Local residents and visitors from around the nation fill more than a dozen venues, ranging in size from 40 seats to the 700 seat Eclipse Center in Beloit and Janesville, Wis. and Rockford, Ill. for about 140 films and to meet more than 100 filmmakers who come from as far away as Europe and China.”

Official Selection – Pan African Film Festival

SALAY will make it’s Los Angeles debut at the Pan African Film Festival in February 2013. Screening dates and times TBD.


“It is PAFF’s goal to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes. We believe film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

Each year, PAFF presents:

  • Over One Hundred Fifty (150) quality films from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada, all showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent.
  • One of America’s largest fine art shows featuring prominent and emerging Black artists and fine crafts people, including local, national and international poets, musicians and storytellers.”

SALAY wins Best African Film Award at San Francisco Black Film Festival

The San Francisco Black Film Festival has announced the winners of their 2012 film series. Of the 90 films that were presented in this year’s festival, the SFBFF panel of judges selected 11 official winners in each of the individual categories.

BIKO Studios’ SALAY was awarded the title of Best African Film.

The owner of BIKO Studios, Ali Kamanda is currently on set shooting another film in Sierra Leone and was alerted by phone that his film had won. “What a labor of love this has been,” writer/producer/director Kamanda said when he found out the news. “I feel so blessed… I can’t wait to tell the cast!!”

To view the San Francisco Black Film Festival’s official announcement, click here.

San Francisco Black Film Festival Announces 2012 Schedule

The San Francisco Black Film Festival has announced the schedule for it’s 2012 Film Series.

SALAY will be screened on

Saturday, June 16 at 5pm at

the Roxie Theater on Valencia (3117 16th Street)

Sharing the screen with SALAY are two other films,

Our Rhineland

16m, U S A, dir. by Faren Humes


ELZA (Le Bonheur d’Elza)

79m, France, dir. by Mariette Monpierre

View the full schedule and find out more information about the festival please visit

Free Community Screening in Kabala, Sierra Leone

SALAY will be presented by the Creative Arts Initiative in Kabala, Sierra Leone. The film was shot entirely in Kabala Town’s small community and stars a former Creative Arts Initiative student, Abibatu Shaw.

The Creative Arts Initiative is a literacy-based program for teenage girls that encourages self empowerment and expression through creative writing and the arts. It is offered each year at SEED International‘s Narsarah Clinic in Kabala.

This is where SALAY director Ali Kamanda first discovered his lead actress Abibatu Shaw, who was a C.A.I. student in 2010. When auditions for the film were held, Abibatu shined through with natural talent and charisma on camera.

This Summer the Creative Arts Initiative will host a free screening of the film and invite the community to attend.

Date and time TBD.

For more information about SEED International and the Creative Arts Initiative, please visit

San Francisco Black Film Festival

SALAY has been named an Official Selection at the San Francisco Black Film Festival. The festival will be held June 15 – 17, 2012 in San Francisco, CA.

SALAY’s screening date and time are TBA.

Tickets go on sale June 1.

“The mission of the San Francisco Black Film Festival is to celebrate African American cinema and the African cultural Diaspora and to showcase a diverse collection of films – from emerging and established filmmakers. This is accomplished by presenting Black films, which reinforce positive images and dispel negative stereotypes, and providing film artists from the bay area in particular and around the world in general, a forum for their work to be viewed and discussed. SFBFF believes film can lead to a better understanding of and communication between, peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while simultaneously serving as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.”

-San Francisco Black Film Festival website