Honorees are selected based on works which:
- Advance the art of the moving image
- Inspire audiences and artists alike
- Enhance the rich cultural heritage of America’s art form
RULES OF ELIGIBILITY
AFI will consider eligible any screen story that fulfills the following criteria:
- Narrative fiction format
- Significant creative and/or production elements from the United States. Stories need not be presented in the English language if incontrovertibly American.
- First-run stories originally released to American audiences between January 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.
Regarding submissions that do not fit AFI AWARDS’ eligibility criteria, AFI may confer an AFI SPECIAL AWARD – including foreign films and television programs; documentaries, reality and variety programming; video games; and other forms of storytelling outside of AFI’s conventional consideration.