Launched in 2017 and the first of its kind in North America, the Arab Film and Media Institute 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 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.
The 23rd Annual Arab Film Festival will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area October 11-20 with post-festival screenings in Southern California.
We can’t wait to watch your films!
The Arab Film Awards* celebrate filmmakers whose original works are distinguished in their respective categories. A pre-screening committee will select four finalists in each category after reviewing all films in the official selection (all films in the official selection are considered "in competition"). A jury made up of important members of the film and academic communities will select the outstanding works from the shortlist and bestow the Award Of Recognition to directors in the following categories:
-Best Narrative Feature
-Best Documentary Feature
-Best Short Film
-Best Debut Feature
*These are "no cash value" awards
General submission guidelines
1. Films must have been produced between 2017 and 2019
2. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English
3. Fill out the submission form on FilmFreeway (incomplete entries will not be considered)
4. All categories of film are accepted: feature, short format, narrative, documentary, hybrid, experimental, animation, etc.
5. Insert screeners on the FilmFreeway submission form via password protected links
6. Films must be from and/or about the Arab World and/or about Arab persons living in the Arab World or abroad
7. Rough cuts or works-in-progress are accepted and reviewed by the programming committee; however, filmmakers are urged to submit as close to the final cut as possible
After you submit your film
Entrants will be notified of the Festival’s decision on or before August 30, 2019. In the event of acceptance, entrants will receive an official welcome letter verifying selection status.
Submission fees (all fees can be paid via FilmFreeway)
Late features: $40
Late shorts: $25