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|Contemporary documentaries from around the world - 41 minutes in length or longer - that demonstrate a bold commitment to subject matter, excellence in cinematic craft, and innovation in storytelling.
|Contemporary documentaries from around the world - 40-minutes in length or less - that demonstrate a bold commitment to subject matter, excellence in cinematic craft, and innovation in storytelling.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
AFI DOCS is the American Film Institute's annual documentary film festival presented in the Washington, DC area. Featuring the year's best documentaries, AFI DOCS is the premier festival in the U.S. dedicated to screenings and events that connect audiences, filmmakers and policy leaders in the seat of our nation's government.
“The Nation’s Leading Documentary Festival.”
-The Washington Post
“D.C.’s best film festival.”
-Washington City Paper
“There is no greater megaphone for important issues.”
-Dawn Porter, TRAPPED
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Now in its 17th year, the festival will be held June 19-23, 2019 at Washington, DC venues and the historic AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. The five-day program presents the very best of contemporary documentary filmmaking from across the globe, including numerous world and international premieres and works by master and emerging filmmakers alike. In 2018, AFI DOCS presented 92 films representing 22 countries, and numerous special events to an audience of over 12,000.
Each year AFI DOCS presents a slate of Filmmaker Engagement Programs designed to create additional opportunities for documentary filmmakers to enhance both their careers and the impact of their films. The AFI DOCS FORUM includes filmmaker-focused panels, presentations and informal meetings; as well as other networking opportunities. The AFI DOCS Impact Lab is a two-day, intensive program designed for filmmakers with issue-driven films who aim to create broader social and political change through the power of story and film. The Lab provides select filmmakers with unique training opportunities in the areas of advocacy, grassroots communications, and grasstops engagement.
Since its inception in 2003, the leading documentary storytellers of our day have embraced AFI DOCS as the place for non-fiction films to catalyze a national conversation. The AFI DOCS advisory board includes Ken Burns, Davis Guggenheim, Chris Hegedus, Werner Herzog, Rory Kennedy, Barbara Kopple, Spike Lee, Errol Morris, Stanley Nelson, D A Pennebaker, Agnès Varda and Frederick Wiseman.
Each year AFI DOCS audiences select winners for Best Feature and Best Short of the Festival. In 2018 MR. SOUL!, directed by Melissa Haizlip and Sam Pollard , was selected as Best Feature, and EARTHRISE, directed by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, was selected as Best Short.
Contemporary documentaries from around the world - 41 minutes in length or longer - that demonstrate a bold commitment to subject matter, excellence in cinematic craft, and innovation in storytelling.
Contemporary documentaries from around the world - 40-minutes in length or less - that demonstrate a bold commitment to subject matter, excellence in cinematic craft, and innovation in storytelling.
Eric J Moore (Programming Coordinator); Lane Kneedler (Director of Programming, AFI Festivals); Malin Kan (Programming Manager); Michael Lumpkin (Director, AFI DOCS); Michael Lumpkin (Director, AFI Festivals); Sarah Harris (Programmer)
HOW TO ENTER
Feature documentaries are forty-one (41) minutes or longer.
Shorts are forty (40) minutes or less, including all credits.
Virtual Reality projects of any length may be submitted.
Feature documentaries must have been completed on or after February 28, 2018.
Feature documentaries must not be available online as a DVD or digital download/link for purchase.
They also must not have been broadcast on television in the United States or screened theatrically in the United States prior to June 17, 2018.
Feature documentaries must NOT have screened publicly in Washington, DC prior to June 17, 2018.
Feature documentaries that have screened in the Washington, D.C. region (Maryland and Virginia) prior to June 17, 2018 will be eligible to apply. However, feature documentaries that have NOT screened previously in the region may be given priority.
Short documentaries (40 minutes and under) are eligible to apply regardless of television broadcast history and online availability. However, short documentaries that have NOT screened previously in the region may be given priority.
Short documentaries must have been completed on or after February 28, 2018.
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 2019 via the submission contact email address. Please keep us informed of any changes regarding your contact information by emailing email@example.com.
Due to the number of submissions, AFI DOCS cannot provide feedback on any entries.
Questions regarding submissions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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;
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.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
TERMS OF ENTRY:
I hereby grant the AFI DOCS 2019 ("Festival"), all rights necessary to exhibit and promote the above-referenced film at the 2019 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 13, 2019. 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 2019.