Launched in 2017 and the first of its kind in North America, the Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) aims to be a complete ecosystem to cultivate, nurture, and celebrate Arab talent in the United States. Starting with organizing school screenings, and growing into offering filmmaker services and original programming, AFMI is the place for Arab cinema and its fans, and the home of the Arab Film Festival.
Founded in 1996, the Arab Film Festival (AFF) is the largest and oldest film festival showcasing cutting-edge work from and about the Arab World in North America. With an international standing, AFF is considered one of the most important showcases of Arab cinema outside the Arab World presenting award-winning contemporary films that provide insight into the beauty, complexity, and diversity of the Arab World alongside realistic perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history and politics. AFF takes place in October in the San Francisco Bay Area with post-festival screenings in Los Angeles. Read more here: arabfilminstitute.org
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