Submissions for AFI FEST 2019 are now closed.


How do I submit my film to AFI FEST?
Unfortunately submissions are now closed.

How do you distinguish shorts from features?
Shorts are 40 minutes or less. Features are 41 minutes or longer.

What is AFI FEST’s premiere status requirement?
All feature length films must be Los Angeles premieres. Films are ineligible for consideration if they have screened or are planning to screen in the Greater Los Angeles area prior to AFI FEST. This includes Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties.

For short films, there are no premiere requirements. Films can play in the Los Angeles area and appear online before the festival, and they are still eligible for consideration.

Can I submit an updated version of my film after I’ve already submitted to AFI FEST?
We request that you send only one version of your film for consideration. However, if you feel strongly that a newer version of your film warrants a second look, you may contact the programming department to discuss possible arrangements. Please do not send another version of your film without contacting the programming department. If permission is granted, we will do our best to ensure that we view the new version of your film, though it cannot be guaranteed. The programming department can be reached at

Can I get a refund?
The submission fee is non-refundable.

When will I know if my film has been invited to screen at AFI FEST?
All filmmakers will be notified of their status by October 11, 2019 via email. Please keep us informed of any changes regarding your contact information by emailing

Can you provide feedback on my film?
Unfortunately, because of the high volume of film entries AFI FEST is unable to provide feedback on your submission.

If you have any further questions, please contact