Mission and History
AFI FEST presented by Audi is the American Film Institute's annual celebration of international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers. It takes place each fall in Hollywood, California and features nightly red-carpet galas, special screenings, conversations and tributes. AFI FEST presents a program of new international cinema from filmmakers from across the globe.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for both Short Films categories of the annual Academy Awards®. AFI FEST is Los Angeles' longest running international film festival and has been bringing the best in world cinema to the film capital of the world since its launch as FILMEX in 1971.
The American Film Market (AFM) is the market partner of AFI FEST. The association between the two events connects art and commerce, broadening the opportunities for all participants, and collectively represents the largest gathering in North America.
AFI members are among the first to receive festival news and updates, as well as an array of other exciting member benefits targeted to motion picture enthusiasts. To learn more about AFI Membership, or to become a member, click here.
For more information about AFI FEST, please e-mail us at AFIFEST@AFI.com or call us toll-free at 1.866.AFI FEST (1.866.234.3378).
A Retrospective of AFI Festival Program Guides
1971 to 2013