hotels rental cars event tickets tours contact us

AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival

AFI Film Festival

The American Film Institute Los Angeles Film Festival is an annual event celebrating the best in film, from documentaries to shorts. Independent films are really the festival's bread and butter. A prominent display of such films gives independent filmmakers a shot at attracting attention from a large audience of both film lovers and potential distributors. AFI Fest is held annually in Hollywood at the ArcLight Cinemas and other venues in the Hollywood Boulevard area. AFI Fest is the largest film festival in the Los Angeles area.

AFI Fest has been a part of the LA scene since 1971, making it the longest-running film festival in Los Angeles. The American Film Institute's annual celebration puts the spotlight on international film, which is not always a priority in Hollywood. The festival serves as a source of both inspiration and competition among independent and international filmmakers, stars, and directors. Competitions shine the spotlight on the best independent films, shorts, documentaries, and animated features.

For visitors to the annual film festival, it's a chance to see films that might otherwise not receive this kind of exposure. Prizes are awarded in various categories, including features, documentaries, 35mm and 16mm shorts, and video. Awards are presented for writers, actors, new directors, and cinematography. Audiences at the festival are invited to participate through audience awards in each category. A Grand Jury Prize is awarded to any of the eligible films spanning all categories. AFI Fest 2012 offers a full calendar of events, including film presentations, red-carpet galas, tributes, special screenings, and conversations with the actors, directors, and writers.

It's really the personal interactions that make events like AFI Fest such an attraction for film lovers. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the folks behind the Oscars, recognize AFI Fest entries as being eligible for the short film categories. AFI Fest is the only annual film festival with accreditation from the International Federation of Film Producers Associations. This ensures high standards and, more importantly, a better selection of films for those attending the festival. An association with The American Film Market broadens the scope of participants, making AFI Fest the largest gathering of independent filmmakers in North America.

The American Film Institute is a non-profit organization that was established in 1967 under the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act. Award-winning film and television writer, director, and producer George Stevens, Jr. served as the institute's first director until 1980. In 1968, the AFI began an effort to preserve culturally significant films. Nearly 100,000 American films have been cataloged to date.

Even casual observers likely took notice of AFI's popular "100 Years..." series, which celebrated a hundred years of movies in the United States by compiling lists of movies based on different categories. AFI named "Citizen Kane" the Best American Film. "The Artist," featured at the 2011 AFI Fest, went on to win the Best Picture Oscar.