AFI FEST has officially announced its dates and call for entries today for the 24th annual event. AFI FEST will be held November 4 through 11, 2010 in Hollywood, California at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 at the Hollywood & Highland Center, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Last year, AFI FEST began offering free tickets to all of its screenings, and the festival will continue to do so this year.
The market partner of AFI FEST, the American Film Market (AFM), will be held November 3-10, 2010.
Filmmakers are invited to submit narrative, documentary, experimental, animated and short films atAFI.com/AFIFEST or through Withoutabox.com. The final submission deadline for shorts (under 30 minutes) is July 30th, 2010, and the final deadline for feature length films (documentary and narrative) is August 13th, 2010.
AFI FEST also announced today that the 2010 edition of the festival will feature a new section and award to highlight films discovered solely through the submissions process. Films in this new section are eligible for a cash award of $5,000, which will be decided by the audience at AFI FEST.
“We have found extraordinary gems in the submissions process over the years, and this is an opportunity to highlight the 2010 entries at the festival,” AFI FEST Director Jacqueline Lyanga said in a statement (she was promoted to the position back in January, making this her first edition of the fest as such). “These are films that tend to be truly independent endeavors; films that get made on pure passion and persistence.”