AFI FEST 2016 Presented By Audi Announces Festival Dates and Call For Entries

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AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audihas officially announced important dates for the annual film festival presented by the American Film Institute, which brings Hollywood icons, emerging artists and audiences together to experience global cinema in the movie capital of the world.

The film festival is the only one of its stature that is free to the public. The 30th edition of AFI FEST will take place in Hollywood, California fromNovember 10–17, 2016.

Starting Tuesday, March 1, AFI FEST will begin accepting submissions from filmmakers for documentary, experimental, feature, narrative and short films at or through The festival’s early submission deadline for both short films (under 30 minutes) and feature films isFriday, April 1.

The official submission deadline is Friday, May 6 and the final submission deadline is Friday, July 15. 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®.

AFI FEST 2015 hosted 130 films (77 features, 53 shorts) representing 45 countries, including the world premiere of Oscar®winner THE BIG SHORT (DIR Adam McKay). A special dual Tribute honored stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay before a Special Screening of 45 YEARS (DIR Andrew Haigh).

Conversations took place with director Ridley Scott (THE MARTIAN); actor Benicio Del Toro (SICARIO); director Sarah Gavron and writer Abi Morgan (SUFFRAGETTE); actor Michael Caine and director Paolo Sorrentino (YOUTH); and director Scott Cooper and star Johnny Depp (BLACK MASS).

Guests and talent at the festival included Christian Bale, Antonio Banderas, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Todd Haynes, Rooney Mara, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Moore, Angelina Jolie Pitt, Brad Pitt, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Segel, Sarah Silverman, Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Lily Tomlin and Olivia Wilde.

AFI FEST 2015 brought filmmakers from all over the world to Hollywood, including CHEVALIER director Athina Rachel Tsangari; CHRONIC director Michel Franco with star Tim Roth; DHEEPAN director Jacques Audiard; MUSTANG director Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France's 2016 foreign Oscar®nominee; OUR LITTLE SISTER director Hirokazu Kore-eda with actress Kiki Kirin; QUEEN OF THE DESERT director Werner Herzog; SON OF SAUL director László Nemes, Hungary's 2016 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®winner; A WAR director Tobias Lindholm, Denmark's 2016 foreign Oscar®nominee; and many more.

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About AFI FEST presented by Audi
A program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST presented by Audi is a celebration of global cinema and today's Hollywood — a showcase for the best festival films of the year and an opportunity for master filmmakers and emerging artists to come together with audiences in the movie capital of the world. AFI FEST is the only festival of its stature that is free to the public. 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®. This year's edition takes place November 10–17, 2016.

Additional information about AFI FEST is available at Connect with AFI FEST at,

About the American Film Institute
AFI is America's promise to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film;AFI AWARDS, honoring the most outstanding movies and TV series of the year;AFI's 100 Years…100 Moviestelevision events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI FEST presented by Audi,AFI DOCS  and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory. For more information about AFI, visit or connect with AFI at,, and


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