16th Annual

AFI DOCS Film Festival

June 13, 2018 to June 17, 2018


Short Documentary


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
November 27, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Regular Deadline
January 26, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
Late Deadline
March 9, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately May 4, 2018

Information not provided.

Projects completed after May 1, 2017

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List


Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Audience Choice Award
AFI DOCS Audience Award will be presented to the best short documentary deemed most popular by Festival attendees.

Category Rules

Shorts are forty (40) minutes or less, including all credits.

The documentary must have been completed on or after March 1, 2017.

Short documentaries are eligible to apply regardless of television broadcast history and online availability.

Short documentaries that have NOT screened previously in the region may be given priority.

If the documentary is in a language other than English, it must be subtitled in English.

Previously submitted documentaries will not be accepted, unless the film has undergone significant content changes (60% or more) and meets all other submission requirements. Permission to re-apply is required.

Promotional, instructional or industrial films, and raw documentation of performances are not eligible.

The Entry Fee is non-refundable.

All film entries selected for the Festival grant AFI DOCS the rights to use footage, stills and/or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes.

All films submitted must be free from any legal disputes and the filmmaker must have cleared all rights for music and exhibition.

AFI DOCS has the right to change any information contained in this document (including Festival dates, venues, events, awards and eligibility requirements) without further notice.

Filmmakers may submit more than one documentary. Each documentary must be accompanied by its own Entry Form and Entry Fee.

Please submit a secure online screener.

All filmmakers will be notified of their status by mid-May 2018 via e-mail. Please keep us informed of any changes regarding your contact information by emailing programming@afidocs.com.

Due to the number of submissions, AFI DOCS cannot provide feedback on any entries.

Questions regarding submissions? E-mail programming@afidocs.com with "ENTRIES" in the subject line.

If your documentary is selected to screen in the Festival, you will need to provide the following:
• A DCP by the required deadline. Each filmmaker is responsible for the delivery costs of the DCP, including any applicable customs fees. AFI DOCS will cover the costs of the return shipping after the Festival;
• Press kits, trailers, promotional materials and additional screeners for preview;

Please do not send these materials until your film is selected for the program.

I hereby grant the AFI DOCS 2018 ("Festival"), all rights necessary to exhibit and promote the above-referenced film at the 2018 Festival. I represent that such exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights whatsoever (including copyright, trademark, musical or contract right) of any person or entity. I further represent that I am authorized to submit the above-referenced film and, if selected, will deliver the DCP to the Festival office no later than May 14, 2018. Additionally, I indemnify the Festival from any and all claims, demands, losses, costs, damages, and attorney's fee arising out of or in connection with third parties in regards to the screening of said film. Further, I hereby agree that I have read and agree to the General Rules and Regulations for submissions to AFI DOCS 2018.

Note: AFI DOCS has the right to change any information contained in this document (including Festival dates, venues, events, awards and eligibility requirements) without further notice.