Each year, AFI AWARDS honors 10 outstanding films and 10 outstanding television programs deemed culturally and artistically representative of the year's most significant achievements in the art of the moving image.

America's cultural legacy resonates around the world through movies and television. When placed in an historical context, these stories archive a complex, rich, visual record of our modern civilization.

In 2000, AFI AWARDS were created to recognize those films and television shows which contribute to this legacy.

An Almanac Of The Outstanding

An almanac encapsulating the year within the context of a unique, ongoing chronicle of cinema's history, AFI AWARDS is also the only national honor that acknowledges the collaborative nature of the art form – bringing the community's creative ensembles together in a unique celebration of their craft.

Selection Criteria

Honorees are selected based on works which:

  • Best advance the art of the moving image
  • Enhance the rich cultural heritage of America's art form
  • Inspire audiences and artists alike
  • And/or make a mark on American society

A Unique Jury Process

AFI Awards selections are made through AFI's unique jury process in which AFI members, scholars, film and television artists, critics and AFI Trustees determine the most outstanding achievements of the year. The AFI Awards provide a contextual rationale for each selection.

Celebrating The Honorees

AFI Awards honorees gather for this unique national recognition at a private luncheon to celebrate these 10 outstanding films and 10 outstanding television programs of the year.

For additional information about AFI AWARDS, contact Josh Kushins at jkushins@AFI.com.

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