The Arab American National Museum (AANM) is the first and only Museum of its kind dedicated to telling the story of Arab Americans in the United States. Founded May 5th, 2005, and located in the heart of Dearborn (the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the United States) the AANM's mission is to document, present, and preserve the history, culture, and contributions of Arab Americans.

The AANM proudly hosts its Arab Film Festival, which offers fascinating and exciting new titles from one of the most currently prolific and creative group of filmmakers on the planet. The Arab Film Festival is one of the longest running programs at the AANM, that began during its inception and continues to bring the best of the best films from the Arab World and Arab American community to the doorstep of metro Detroit. The Arab Film Festival aims to bring you the best of the best works from local, national, and international talent!

It’s designed for fans of Arabic-language movies and adventurous art-film lovers seeking new perspectives and outside-the-box thinking. Many of these films by both Arab World and Arab American artists are, with few exceptions, unlikely to reach traditional American commercial theaters. Genres include drama, comedy, and documentary, in both short-form and feature lengths. Every festival film is subtitled in English, making them accessible to all.”

In addition to our annual Arab Film Festival, we are launching a new monthly Arab film program, taking place the first weekend of every month. Our monthly film program will launch in Fall 2017. Similar with our theme for the Arab Film Festival, we are looking to showcase the best of the best works from local, national, and international artists and bring unique films to our unique institution, that you would not find in a typical American commercial theater.

Because of our combined film programs - Arab Film Festival and our monthly Arab film program - we have a "rolling deadline," which means we accept submissions all year long. If you submit your film after the first day of the current month, then you'll be considered for all 2017 sessions following the month in which you submitted. We are open to all film genres, lengths, and themes as we pride ourselves on screening a wide variety of artists works. We proudly screen some of the best films from the Arab World and Arab American community - the format is up to the artist.

All screenings take place in the one-of-a-kind Arab American National Museum in the intimate, 156-seat Aliya Hassan Auditorium.

Rules & Terms

Please review the below terms carefully.

Films should deal with the Arab World or Arab American community in some way. This can be a film involving/directed/assisted by someone from the Arab World or Arab American community, or a group living in the Arab World - ex). Armenians, Kurds, Chaldeans living in an Arab country, or an overarching issue/theme affecting/related to the Arab World or Arab American community (even if the film itself isn't about the Arab World or Arab Americans). While our film programs focus on Arab World and Arab Americans, there are many films that are relatable in terms of theme, overarching message, or issue that may affect the Arab World/Arab American community but these films do not necessarily showcase Arab World or Arab American subjects. Films will not be turned away just because they do not highlight Arab Americans or Arab World characters. What we look for is does this film tie into our mission and goals of the film festival - not whether or not a film has an Arab American character/director.

All submissions will be considered and reviewed in a timely fashion.

All films should be submitted in a timely fashion in conjunction with our deadlines. All submitted films should have a streaming URL link. If there is an alternative route that you'd prefer our staff view the film, please contact our festival staff directly to set up an alternative. Regardless of the form in which you submit your work, all works must have English subtitles for both the staff to view and for our audience to enjoy.

Submissions may be in work-in-progress form; however, films that are not completed must be clearly marked Work in Progress (“WIP”) or Rough Cut with an indication of what will change or what is missing (e.x., sound, missing animation, etc.). You may submit additional versions of the film as they're available until the last date of the deadline.

All submitted films will be reviewed by staff associated with the AANM's film program and all filmmakers will receive a response via e-mail about whether their film has been selected or not, via e-mail.

All genres and time lengths of films are accepted for consideration to the film festival. Films that are 45 minutes and under are eligible to be submitted for the short films portion; films 46 minutes and higher will be eligible for our feature films portion. All film submissions must abide by the deadline dates. Any applications/films received after the deadline will be considered a submission for future film programs.

By submitting your film to the Arab American National Museum's Arab Film Festival and/or any other film series, you are consenting that, if your film is chosen