Actually, AFI organizes two fests each year.
One, which I covered a few weeks ago, was held in Dallas; the other, in our own thriving metropolis (Los Angeles).
AFI not only endeavours to unveil first-run big-budget feature films at each fest, but also, an eclectic mix of thought-provoking shorts, documentaries, and Foreign Language celluloid masterpieces.
In addition, organizers round out the screenings with stimulating seminars, insightful Q & A sessions, you name it.
And, the AFI's high-profile red carpet events, are not to be missed either!
By the way, my contacts at AFI just informed me that there is a call out now for filmmakers to submit their projects for consideration for the fall line-up (2009).
Films that are 30 minutes or longer in length are considered feature films, while projects under 30 minutes are deemed "shorts".
Feature films (both narrative & documentary) that have previously screened for the public in Los Angeles or have been televised in the Los Angeles area are not eligible for consideration.
DVDs are accepted for preview screening.
However, preview video-cassettes and DVDs must be labeled clearly with the title, running time and contact information (including name, address and phone number).
More than one entry may be submitted. But, each entry must be accompanied by an official entry form and entry fee.
If a film is selected for inclusion in this year's fest, filmmakers will be asked to provide a head shot and filmography of the director; black & white and/or color stills from the film; press materials; and a video trailer (if available).
The entry fee is non-refundable.
AFI Conservatory Students
Students enrolled in the AFI film school can request a fee waiver by contacting AFI:
DVDs & Submitted Materials
DVDs and other submitted materials will not be returned.
Filmmakers seeking a confirmation that an entry has been received by the AFI FEST organizers, should include a self-addressed stamped postcard to facilitate the request.
AFI FEST asserts the right to use footage, stills and/or titles and information for promotional purposes.
In view of the aforementioned entry stipulation, all films must be free from any legal disputes and the filmmaker must have cleared all rights for music and exhibition with appropriate individuals.
Filmmakers agree to deliver prints to AFI no later than October 16, 2009.
All filmmakers will be notified of acceptance by October 9, 2009.