AFI FEST presented by Audi
officially has announced its dates and call for entries. The
American Film Institute’s annual celebration of artistic excellence, AFI
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 29th edition of AFI
FEST will take place in Hollywood, California from November 5 through
AFI FEST will begin accepting submissions on Monday, March 2 for
documentary, experimental, feature, narrative and short films at
. The festival’s early submission deadline for both short films
(under 30 minutes) and feature films is Friday, May 1 and the final
submission deadline is
Friday, July 24. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films
category of the Academy
Awards®. AFI FEST is the only festival in North America with a market partner, the American Film Market.
The 2014 festival hosted 121 films from around the world, including
the world premieres of “American Sniper,” “Selma” and “A Most Violent Year.” A
Tribute honoring Sophia Loren’s illustrious career was held at the Dolby
Theatre with a special screening of the 50th anniversary of her Academy
Award ®-nominated role in “Marriage Italian Style” (Dir. Vittorio De Sica, 1964). Conversations on
the craft of acting, with
Michael Keaton and Edward Norton, and cinematography, with Roger
Deakins, rounded out the programming. Guests at the festival included
Steve Carell, J.C.
Chandor, Jessica Chastain, Damien Chazelle, Marion Cotillard, Ava
DuVernay, Clint Eastwood, Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, Tommy Lee Jones,
David Oyelowo, Joaquin Phoenix, Kristen Stewart, Hilary Swank, Tilda
Swinton, Mark Wahlberg and Oprah Winfrey.
AFI FEST 2014 brought filmmakers from all over the world to present
their films to the city’s film lovers, including directors Bertrand
Laurent,” – France); Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne (“Two Days, One Night“- Belgium); Xavier Dolan (“Mommy,” -Canada); Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz (“Gett: the Trial of
Vivianne Amsalem,” -Israel); Abderrahmane Sissako (Oscar®-nominated “Timbuktu,”- Mauritania); Damián Szifrón (Oscar®-nominated “Wild Tales,”-
Argentina); Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado ( Oscar®-nominated “The Salt of the Earth,” -France); Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (“The Tribe,”- Ukraine); and Andrey Zvyagintsev
(Oscar®-nominated “Leviathan,”- Russia).
Filmmakers can e-mail programming@AFI.com or call 866.AFI.FEST for more information
about the submissions process.