AIHRFF is an international film festival focusing on the subject of human rights. It aims to encourage film makers who use their cameras to document struggles against discrimination, injustice and violence.
This festival, now in its forth year, has become Afghanistan's most established platform to showcase an extraordinary selection of national and international films, aimed at highlighting social justice issues. From deep-seated discrimination to the strength of the human spirit, the themes of the films presented in the festival express a broad range of ideas that empower our audience to reflect on the challenges and glory of what is to be human in our days and age.

Buddha Statues of Bamiyan (Salsal) is the official icon of AiHRFF as symbol of Afghanistan’s Art, History, Tolerance and Stability.

These are the Salsal Awards in the following categories:

- Best National Fiction
- Best National Documentary
- Best International Fiction
- Best International Documentary
- Human Rights Activists Award for two Human Right activist
- Lifetime Achievement Award for an Afghan Filmmaker
- Audience Award - sponsored by the USA Embassy in Kabul.

Ballots will be available after each screening and all award winners will be announced on Closing Night.

Afghanistan International Human Rights Film Festival


The 4th AIHRFF takes place mainly in Kabul and some other provinces of Afghanistan in 2017.

The Festival Date will be on 1-6 October (It may change for unexpected reasons but we will announce If any change accord to our schedule).

The festival welcomes films from any genre, short or long, documentary, feature, animation, and experimental film which have been produced after 01/01/2016.
Submissions from any part of the globe will be accepted and referred to the selection committee, as will any kind of human rights orientation, including but not limited to: women, children, war, freedom of expression, tribal dilemmas, discrimination, injustice, violence, human trafficking, abuse, deprivation, poverty, addiction, militarism, rape, corruption, environment, censorship ,and etc.

No entry fee is charged.
All entries should be sent via online screener. FilmFreeway or Vimeo or Any other Trusted Film Platforms.
Local Filmmakers, if have problems in uploading their movies online, can send a hard HD copy to AIHRFF Office.
Non-­English language films must be subtitled in English
Completed the Online Entry Form
Dialogue List of the Film in English (The festival makes Dari subtitles for selected movies)
Please note that submission will be considered complete only when all necessary materials included to the entries.
You can send your Dialogue list with your submitted tracking Number to this
The entries should not be screened in Kabul publicly or broadcasted by Afghan TVs.

Last deadline: 30 June 2017

AIHRFF does not return the received material after submission.
In case of showing material, AIHRFF can make a digital copy of the film with Dari subtitles for the festival screening. The copy will be strictly maintained in the festival office.


Failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions may result in the submission being disqualified.
These regulations are subject to change without prior notice.