Years running: 38 (since 1987)


American Film Institute's Festival is Los Angeles.


AFI FEST is the longest-running international film festival in Los Angeles. Each fall, AFI FEST presents the year's most significant films. Featuring international work from emerging filmmakers, global showcases of films from the great masters 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. 


Short film competition:

  • Grand Jury Award - Animated Short 
  • Grand Jury Award - Live Action Short 

Feature film competition (Narrative and Documentary, International and American):

  • New Auteurs Grand Jury Award 
  • World Cinema Audience Award 
  • New Auteurs Audience Award 
  • American Independents Audience Award 
  • Breakthrough Audience Award. Cash Award Value: 5,000 U.S. Dollar


  • For feature length films, although we do not require U.S. Premieres, premiere status is taken into consideration. Films are ineligible for consideration if they have screened or are planning to screen in the Greater Los Angeles area prior to AFI FEST - this includes the counties of Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura.
  • For short films, there is no premiere requirement.
  • More than one entry may be submitted; 
  • DVDs and other submitted materials will not be returned. Please do not send film prints, master tapes or other originals. 

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.

Selection Media Type: Withoutabox Secure Online Screener

Screening Media Type35 мм, DCP NTS, digital

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

 Jacqueline Lyanga, festival director



United States
Los Angeles

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2021 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90027

Phone: 866 234 3378
Fax: 323 462 4049


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    January 17, 2024
  • Earlybird Deadline
    March 01, 2024
  • Regular Deadline
    April 12, 2024
  • Late Deadline
    May 31, 2024
  • Notifications
    September 25, 2024
  • Event Dates
    23 — 27 October 2024
Categories & Fees

Shorts can be narrative, documentary, or animation as long as they are under 30 min. in length.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $70
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