The Arab Film Festival is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the country. The festival has an international standing and is considered one of the most important Arab film festivals outside the Arab world. AFF strives to present the best 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.

In 2017 the Arab Film Festival launched the Arab Film and Media Institute. AFMI is a unique ecosystem to find, nurture, connect, and develop Arab film and media projects and empower local Arab talent to tell their communities’ stories in their own voices.

Best Narrative
Best Documentary
Best Short Film
Audience Award

Overall Rating
  • 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
  • Unfortunately we weren't able to attend but the communication was very good and we understand the screening went very well. Definitely would submit there next year again.

    October 2017