AFI FEST 2019 Key Dates and Call for Entries

Posted by Larry Gleeson

AFI FEST 2019 presented by Audi will take place in Hollywood, CA, from November 14–21, 2019. Entries are now being accepted and filmmakers are invited to submit feature, documentary, experimental, animated and short films at or through FilmFreeway.

Screen Shot 2019-06-27 at 11.48.38 AMAFI FEST  submission deadlines — early, official and final — are for fiction shorts (under 30 minutes), nonfiction shorts (under 40 minutes) and feature films. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Live Action and Animated Short Film categories for the annual Academy Awards®


Early Deadline – March 29
Official Deadline – May 3
Final Deadline – July 12

Audi will return as the exclusive Presenting Sponsor of AFI FEST, enabling the festival to host the very best of world cinema in Hollywood. Audi and their visionary support reflect a continuing commitment to create opportunities for equality in film and television. At AFI FEST 2018, Audi showcased a custom installation spotlighting women filmmakers on the facade of The Hollywood Roosevelt. In 2017, Audi created the Audi Fellowship for Women to support one female director and her entire two-year AFI Conservatory enrollment.

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AUDI’s #DriveProgress installation on the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (Photo courtesy of

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

AFI Members receive special access to AFI FEST. To find out more about the benefits of membership, click here:

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The cast and crew of BIRD BOX at AFI FEST 2018, sponsored by Audi, World Premiere November 12, 2018. (Photo courtesy of



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