AFI Awards 2021 Jury Criteria – American Film Institute

SELECTION CRITERIA

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 March 1, 2021 and December 31, 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.

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