Each fall, AFI FEST presents the year's most significant films. Kicking off the awards season each year, AFI FEST offers a crucial avenue of exposure to the entertainment community. Featuring international work from emerging filmmakers, global showcases of films from the great masters, tributes and red-carpet gala premieres, AFI FEST brings the very best of world cinema to the city of Los Angeles, the film capital of the world. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards.
World Premieres of Halle Berry’s directorial debut BRUISED, SING 2 and SWAN SONG starring Mahershala Ali; Red Carpet Premiers of KING RICHARD directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and starring Will Smith, Pedro Almodóvar’s PARALLEL MOTHERS and THE POWER OF THE DOG directed by Jane Campion and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee; and the Indie Contenders roundtable featuring Caitriona Balfe (BELFAST), Nicolas Cage (PIG), Colman Domingo (ZOLA), Ann Dowd (MASS), Dakota Johnson (THE LOST DAUGHTER) and Simon Rex (RED ROCKET).
AFI FEST winners have consistently been nominated for Academy Awards®, Emmy Awards® and other major recognitions.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards.
As the only juried competition of the festival, the Grand Jury Award winners for Live Action and Animated Short will be eligible for the Best Live Action Short and Best Animated Short Academy Awards®.
In addition to the Jury awards, each year, AFI FEST audiences select winners for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature and Best Short Film.
*As the main slate of features for AFI FEST is non-competitive, the programming team will be selecting features to create a specifically curated international cinema program and not opening up submissions in this category.
* Films that are under 40 minutes are considered Short Films. Films 40 minutes or over are considered Feature Films.
* If the film is in a language other than English, it must be subtitled in English.
* For short films, there is no geographic premiere requirement. Short films are eligible to apply regardless of television broadcast history and online availability. However, short films that have not screened previously in the region may be given priority.
* We welcome submissions via the FilmFreeway secure online screener system only.
* More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by an official entry form and entry fee.
* Previously submitted films will not be accepted unless the film has undergone significant content changes (60% or more) and meets all other submission requirements. Permission to re-apply is required. Please email programming@AFI.com.
* Promotional, instructional or industrial films, and raw documentation of performances are not eligible.
* The entry fee is non-refundable.
*Your submission is not complete until you submit your secure online screener.
*Due to the number of submissions, AFI FEST cannot provide feedback on any entries.
*All film entries selected for the festival grant AFI FEST the rights to use footage, stills and/or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes.
*All films submitted must be free from any legal disputes and the filmmaker must have cleared all rights for music and exhibition.
*AFI FEST reserves the right to change any information contained in this document (including festival dates, venues, events, awards and eligibility requirements) without further notice.
*If your submission is selected to screen in the festival, you will need to provide the following:
• Press kits, trailers, promotional materials and additional screeners for preview
Note: AFI FEST reserves the right to change any of this information (including festival dates, venues, events, awards and eligibility requirements) without further notice.
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