Mission and History
AFI FEST presented by Audi takes place each fall in Hollywood, California.
The American Film Institute's annual celebration of international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers, AFI FEST features nightly red-carpet galas, special screenings, conversations and tributes. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards®, and AFI FEST is still the only film festival in the United States to hold the prestigious FIAPF accreditation, assuring a high standard of quality and reliability for the international film community. 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 2012