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:

Best Narrative
Best Documentary
Best Short Film
Audience Award
First Feature

Overall Rating
  • Fatima Matousse

    It was just AMAZING, WONDERFUL, and very INSPIRING.

    November 2018
  • Vikram Ahluwalia

    Very happy that our film was chosen for this important festival and its wonderful selection of films. Thank you!

    January 2018
  • Muna Khalidi

    We attended AFF 2017 in San Francisco to screen "Stitching Palestine" and it was a wonderful experience altogether. There was full attendance, the theatre was beautiful, and the audience was very engaged n the film and the discussion.
    The AFF team were warm and hospitable and extremely helpful. A great festival showcasing films from and about the Arab world.

    November 2017
  • Talal Al-Muhanna

    Though I didn't have the chance to attend, the festival team happily arranged for comp tickets for attending friends & filmmakers, much appreciated!

    November 2017
  • Abdulhakeem Jomah

    The organisers were an absolute dream, great venues and communication. Great diversity in showcasing the best of Arabic cinema and I cannot wait to be part of their wonderful fold again.

    October 2017