American Film Showcase
The American Film Showcase (AFS) is the US State Department’s premier American film diplomacy program, organizing screenings and workshops with American filmmakers in more than 35 countries. AFS is a partnership between the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. AFS reached out to the Media Impact Project to serve as program evaluator. In this role, MIP has developed an evaluation protocol for the program and is leading the evaluation for the current program.
Middle East Media Initiative
Middle East Media Initiative (MEMI) is an innovative professional exchange and partnership program between the U.S. TV industry and counterparts in the Middle East. This 2-year program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and produced by USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in partnership with USC Annenberg’s Norman Lear Center. Recognizing that television serves as a major influence in entertaining and informing audiences in the Arabic-speaking world, MEMI seeks to support and train the current generation of regional television writers and content creators in telling entertaining, local stories that can spark important conversations and actions around pluralism and mutual understanding.
Read more about our partnership with MEMI here:
Hollywood Reporter. USC Launches Hollywood Boot Camp for Middle Eastern TV Creators
Variety. USC’s Middle East Media Program Sparks Inclusive Change in TV Industry
USC News. Lights, Camera...Travel! How USC and the American Film Showcase are changing the world, one film at a time.
The Norman Lear Center's Media Impact Project researches how entertainment and news influence our thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, knowledge and actions. We work with researchers, the film and TV industry, nonprofits, and news organizations, and share our research with the public. We are part of the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.