14th Annual

AFI DOCS Film Festival

June 22, 2016 to June 26, 2016

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Documentary
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.
Short Documentary
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 plays a pivotal role not only in celebrating documentary excellence, but ensuring that filmmakers have the requisite tools, information and contacts to create work that fosters dialogue, celebrates diverse voices and increases awareness of complex social and political issues.

While numerous festivals exist to exhibit the art of documentary films, AFI DOCS takes the festival experience to another level by providing filmmakers with unprecedented access to government officials. This landmark festival shines a light on some of the most critical issues of our time and gives filmmakers the education and support needed to engage with leaders, advocate for a cause and take the steps towards changing policy.

AFI DOCS is the American Film Institute’s annual documentary film festival taking place in the Washington, DC area. 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, Barbara Kopple, Spike Lee, Errol Morris, D A Pennebaker and Frederick Wiseman.

“It’s a commonly held belief that we’re experiencing a Golden Age of documentary film, and that assumption is solidly affirmed by the program of this year’s edition of AFI Docs.” -Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

“The pre-eminent U.S. documentary festival.” -Screen International

“The premier showcase for documentary film.” -Hollywood Reporter

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

THE FESTIVAL (June 22-26, 2016):

AFI DOCS is a program of the American Film Institute, a national non-profit institute providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media.

Now in its 14th year, the festival will be held June 22-26, 2016 in landmark 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 2015, AFI DOCS presented more than 80 films representing 25 countries, and numerous special events to an audience of over 13,000.

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. These programs include a series of filmmaker-focused panels, presentations and informal meetings; a filmmaker summit at the White House and other networking opportunities through the AFI DOCS lounge and the Festival’s special events.

AWARDS:
Each year AFI DOCS audiences select winners for Best Feature and Best Short of the Festival. In 2015 WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? was selected as Best Feature, and A CONVERSATION WITH MY BLACK SON was selected as Best Short.

PROGRAM STRANDS:
Feature Documentary
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.

Short Documentary
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.


ORGANIZERS

Kyle O'connor (Managing Director); Michael Lumpkin (Festival Director); Sarah Bilodeau (Programming Manager)

GENERAL RULES

HOW TO ENTER

IMPORTANT DATES:
Submissions Accepted beginning October 16, 2015
Early Deadline December 4, 2015
Regular Deadline February 5, 2016
Late Deadline March 4, 2016
E-mail notification of submission status May 9, 2016
AFI DOCS Film Festival June 22-26, 2016

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
Feature documentaries are forty-one (41) minutes or longer. Shorts are forty (40) minutes or less, including all credits.

The documentary must have been completed on or after March 1, 2015.

The documentary must not have been broadcast on television in the United States or screened theatrically in the United States prior to June 27, 2016.

The documentary must not have screened publicly in the Washington, DC area prior to June 27, 2016.

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.

SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES:
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 or two DVDs (Region 1 or Region-free NTSC or PAL).

All DVD entries must be labeled with the title, WAB tracking number, running time and contact information (contact name, e-mail and phone number). This information must be on the DVD itself and on the outer case. Each DVD must have an individual outer case.

Please do not send submissions in fiber-filled envelopes, as the dust damages DVD players.

All DVD entries must be sent with prepaid shipping. Collect or C.O.D. (cash on delivery) shipments are not accepted. AFI DOCS will not assume responsibility or accept shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes or customs brokerage. Please indicate on your shipping bill that all transportation and customs charges will be billed to the sender.

DVDs and submitted materials will not be returned. Please do not send film prints, master tapes or other originals as entry submissions.

AFI DOCS will make every attempt to contact you if there is damage to an entry, but cannot be held responsible if entry is not considered due to poorly recorded or unplayable media.

If you require confirmation of receipt of DVD entries, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard.

All filmmakers will be notified of their status by May 9, 2016 via email. 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;

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 2016 ("Festival"), all rights necessary to exhibit and promote the above-referenced film at the 2016 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 25, 2016. 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 2016.