|About The AFI Catalog of Feature Films
The mandate of the American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films has been to recover and organize data that will document the history of the art of the motion picture in the United States. In addition to aiding film preservation, entries in the AFI Catalog have also become significant historical and socio-cultural documents. AFI strives to attain the highest possible level of accuracy for its entries.
Since publication of the first volumes of The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States in 1971, it has held the unique position of being the only comprehensive catalog of American motion pictures.
In 1999, film critic Kenneth Turan wrote in The Los Angeles Times: "These volumes add up to nothing less than an authoritative Oxford English Dictionary of American film."
The AFI Catalog database is an ongoing project that contains filmographic information for all American feature films produced from 1893-1972, as well as AFI AWARDS Outstanding Movies of the Year for the years 2000 through 2006. To date, the AFI Catalog database includes extensive entries on over 30,000 American feature-length and 17,000 short films.
The current project, cataloging films from 1971-1980, will be completed over the course of the next several years, with entries for the films from the 1970s to be posted on the Web site at approximately six-month intervals.
Unmatched in its level of comprehensiveness and detail, the AFI Catalog is a unique filmographic resource, providing information on every feature-length film produced in America or financed by American production companies. Detailed entries on cast, crew, plot summaries, subjects, genres and historical notes are included for each film.
Whenever possible, Catalog staff view each film and gather studio records, original reviews and all relevant secondary source material.
The American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films
has been funded by a number of national organizations and private individuals, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ahmanson Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation and Sir Paul Getty.