AFI FEST 2022 Announces Dates – American Film Institute


AFI FEST 2022 Announces Dates

We’re thrilled to announce that AFI FEST 2022 will take place Nov. 2-6, showcasing transformative stories from groundbreaking artists. You won’t want to miss the 36th edition of the longest running international film festival in Los Angeles which will feature an exciting lineup of narrative and documentary work, as well as post-screening Q&As with cast and crews from the year’s best films.

AFI also announced that because of the ongoing uncertainty due to the pandemic, AFI FEST will expand its programming with nonfiction films traditionally presented at AFI DOCS in Washington, DC.

“AFI’s goal is to provide a safe environment for artists and audiences alike,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. “Uniting our events this year to be held in the fall will allow us to achieve this at a standard worthy of AFI and the storytellers who devote their lives to inspire and educate.”

Filmmakers are invited to submit fiction, documentary, experimental and animated short films through Film Freeway.

AFI FEST will have submission deadlines — early, official and final — for fiction shorts (under 40 minutes) and nonfiction shorts (under 40 minutes). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Live Action and Animated Short Film categories for the annual Academy Awards®.

Early Deadline – Wednesday, March 2
Official Deadline – Wednesday, April 20
Final Deadline – Wednesday, June 15

Filmmakers can email [email protected] for more information about the submissions process.

For sponsorship opportunities at AFI FEST 2022, contact JL Hernandez at [email protected].

Program highlights from AFI FEST 2021 include the Opening Night World Premiere of tick, tick…BOOM!; World Premieres of Halle Berry’s directorial debut BRUISED, SING 2 and SWAN SONG starring Mahershala Ali; Red Carpet Premieres of KING RICHARD directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and starring Will Smith, Pedro Almodóvar’s PARALLEL MOTHERS and THE POWER OF THE DOG directed by Jane Campion and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee; and the Indie Contenders roundtable featuring Caitriona Balfe (BELFAST), Nicolas Cage (PIG), Colman Domingo (ZOLA), Ann Dowd (MASS), Dakota Johnson (THE LOST DAUGHTER) and Simon Rex (RED ROCKET).

To learn more about AFI FEST, visit

AFI FEST film festival – Los Angeles – November 2-6, 2022

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