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:
Feature film competition (Narrative and Documentary, International and American):
We welcome submissions via the Withoutabox secure online screener system only.
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
No premiere requirement
Jury and Organizers
Jacqueline Lyanga, festival director
2021 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90027
Phone: 866 234 3378
Fax: 323 462 4049
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International Narrative Feature Films are over 30 min. in length and directed by a filmmaker based outside of the US.
Shorts can be narrative, documentary, or animation as long as they are under 30 min. in length.
American Narrative Feature Films are over 30 min. in length and the director is based in the US.
American Documentary Feature Films are over 30 min. in length and the director is based in the US.
International Documentary Feature Films are over 30 min. in length and the director is based outside of the US.