Deadlines and Entry Fees for Submissions
Regular: February 7, 2014
Entry fee: $45/shorts $50/features
Late: February 28, 2014
Entry fee: $55/shorts $60/features
*All deadlines are postmark deadlines*
How do I submit my film to AFI DOCS?
You may submit your film through withoutabox.com. If you already have a Without A Box account, please go ahead and log in. If you do not, please register in the section titled "For Film Festivals & Screenplay Competitions" and follow the instructions on the site.
How will I know if my film is selected for the festival?
We will notify the contact person listed under "Main Contact/Submitter" in the submitted application by May 19, 2014 via e-mail regarding the status of your film.
I submitted my documentary last year and it was not accepted. Can I submit it again?
Generally speaking, no. However, if your film has undergone significant changes since the previous version submitted (60% or more) then you can request permission to resubmit the film via email to: programming@AFIDOCS.com. If permission is granted, be sure to note on your application that you've previously submitted this film to AFI DOCS.
My film has aired on television. Can I still submit it to AFI DOCS?
If your film has aired on television in the United States, then that version is not eligible for AFI DOCS. However, if you submit a significantly different version for consideration in the festival, it may be eligible. However, films which have aired on television, outside of the United States, are eligible for AFI DOCS.
Can I submit more than one film?
Yes. However you need to treat each film as a unique entry. A separate application must be submitted for each film.
Can I submit a rough cut of my film?
We strongly encourage you to submit a completed film – but we will accept late rough-cut submissions. Please be sure to indicate what is incomplete: temporary sound, no credits or titles, missing scenes, etc. AFI DOCS only screens completed films during the festival, and unfortunately does not have a venue for films which are a work in progress.
Does the festival screen films which are a work in progress?
As mentioned above, the festival screens completed films only.
Can I submit an updated version of my film after I've already submitted it to AFI DOCS?
We request that you send only one version of your film for consideration. However, if you feel strongly that a newer version of your film warrants a second look you may contact the Programming department to discuss possible arrangements. Please do not send another version of your film without contacting the Programming department. If permission is granted, we will do our best to ensure that we view the new version of your film, though that cannot be guaranteed. The Programming Department can be reached at programming@AFIDOCS.com.
How recently must my film have been completed to be eligible?
Films eligible for consideration in AFI DOCS 2014 must have been completed on or after March 1, 2013.
How can I be sure you received my submission?
We receive a high volume of film submissions, and consequently, are unable to notify each individual submitter. If you have applied online through withoutabox.com, you can log into your online application and see if your film has been received by the Programming department. You may also send us a self-addressed, stamped postcard, which we will mail back to you as confirmation of receipt.
In which formats should I submit my film?
The format of your submission should be DVD (region-free or region 1, NTSC and PAL) or a secure online screener through Withoutabox.
What exhibition formats can you screen during the festival?
AFI DOCS screens 70mm, 35mm, and 16mm film as well as HD Cam, Digibeta and Beta SP (NTSC or PAL) video or DCP (depends on the venue). During the festival, we prefer to screen short films on NTSC only.
Which kind of films do you screen at AFI DOCS?
AFI DOCS is exclusively a documentary film festival. We screen a wide range of international films within this genre – including personal, political, historical, experimental, biography and many more.
How do you distinguish shorts from features?
We define short films as those with a running time of 40 minutes or less. Feature films are defined as those with a running time of 41 minutes or more.
If my film is in a language other than English, do you require subtitles?
Yes, we require either subtitles or dubbing on any film that is in a language other than English. Subtitles are preferred.
How do I alert you if my contact information changes?
Email any contact information to the Programming department at programming@AFIDOCS.com.
Can AFI DOCS send me feedback or comments on my film?
Unfortunately, because of the high volume of film submissions we are unable to provide feedback on your submission.
Where is the festival located and when does it take place?
AFI DOCS takes place June 18-22, 2014 in Silver Spring, MD and downtown Washington, DC.