AFI FEST 2015 ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL DATES AND CALL FOR ENTRIES

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AFI Film Fest 2014 - Kristen Stewart
AFI FEST presented by Audi have officially announced its dates and call for entries. The American Film Institute's annual celebration of artistic excellence, 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 29th edition of AFI FEST will take place in Hollywood, California, from November the 5th, through to the 12th, 2015.





AFI FEST has begun accepting submissions from Monday, March the 2nd for documentary, experimental, feature, narrative and short films at AFI.com/AFIFEST or through Withoutabox.com. The festival's early submission deadline for both short films (under 30 minutes) and feature films is Friday, May the 1st, and the final submission deadline is Friday, July the 24th. 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.

AFI Film Fest 2014 - Jessica ChastainShorts
Shorts can be narrative, documentary, or animation as long as they are under 30 minutes in length.

American Narrative Features
American Narrative Feature Films are over 30 minutes in length and the director is based in the US. Premiere status is taken into account for all sections, and films that have not yet screened in the US are given priority.

Feature length films are ineligible for consideration if they have screened or are planning to screen in the Greater Los Angeles area prior to AFI FEST -- this includes the counties of Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura.

American Documentary Features
Documentaries under 30 minutes should be submitted as Shorts. American Documentary Feature Films are over 30 minutes in length and the director is based in the US. Premiere status is taken into account for all sections, and films that have not yet screened in the US are given priority.

Feature length films are ineligible for consideration if they have screened or are planning to screen in the Greater Los Angeles area prior to AFI FEST -- this includes the counties of Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura.

International Narrative Features
International Narrative Feature Films are over 30 minutes in length and directed by a filmmaker based outside of the US. Premiere status is taken into account for all sections, and films that have not yet screened in the US are given priority. Feature length films are ineligible for consideration if they have screened or are planning to screen in the Greater Los Angeles area prior to AFI FEST - this includes the counties of Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura.

International Documentary Features
Documentaries under 30 minutes should be submitted as Shorts. International Documentary Feature Films are over 30 minutes in length and the director is based outside of the US. Premiere status is taken into account for all sections, and films that have not yet screened in the US are given priority.

Feature length films are ineligible for consideration if they have screened or are planning to screen in the Greater Los Angeles area prior to AFI FEST -- this includes the counties of Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura.




2014 AFI Fest
AFI Film Fest 2014 - Viktoria
The 2014 festival hosted 121 films from around the world, including the world premieres of AMERICAN SNIPER, SELMA, and A MOST VIOLENT YEAR. A special 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 [MATRIMONIO ALL'ITALIANA] (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, Julianne Moore, 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 Bonello (SAINT LAURENT, France); Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne (TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, Belgium); Xavier Dolan (MOMMY, Canada); Shlomi Elkabetz (GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM, Israel); Abderrahmane Sissako (Oscar®-nominated TIMBUKTU, Mauritania); Damián Szifrón (Oscar®-nominated WILD TALES, Argentina); Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado (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.