Filmmakers 411: AFI Fest 2016 Submissions Now Open

AFI Fest 2016 submissionsCalling all aspiring filmmakers… AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi has officially announced its dates and call for entries.

AFI FEST brings Hollywood icons, emerging artists and audiences together to experience global cinema in the movie capital of the world. The film festival is the only one of its stature that is free to the public.

The 30th edition of AFI FEST will take place in Hollywood, California from November 10–17, 2016.

Starting Tuesday, March 1, AFI FEST will begin accepting submissions from filmmakers for documentary, experimental, feature, narrative and short films at or through

The festival’s early submission deadline for both short films (under 30 minutes) and feature films is Friday, April 1. The official submission deadline is Friday, May 6 and the final submission deadline is Friday, July 15.

AFI FEST 2015 hosted 130 films (77 features, 53 shorts) representing 45 countries, including the world premiere of Oscar® winner THE BIG SHORT (DIR Adam McKay). A special dual Tribute honored stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay before a Special Screening of 45 YEARS (DIR Andrew Haigh).

Conversations took place with director Ridley Scott (THE MARTIAN); actor Benicio Del Toro (SICARIO); director Sarah Gavron and writer Abi Morgan (SUFFRAGETTE); actor Michael Caine and director Paolo Sorrentino (YOUTH); and director Scott Cooper and star Johnny Depp (BLACK MASS).

Guests and talent at the festival included Christian Bale, Antonio Banderas, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Todd Haynes, Rooney Mara, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Moore, Angelina Jolie Pitt, Brad Pitt, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Segel, Sarah Silverman, Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Lily Tomlin and Olivia Wilde.

Filmmakers can email or call 866.AFI.FEST for more information about the submissions process.

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