• Friday, Feb. 3, 2023
AFI Fest's 37th edition set for October 25-29
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The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the dates for AFI Fest 2023. The 37th edition of the Institute’s annual festival will take place exclusively in person on October 25-29, 2023, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in the heart of Hollywood. The five-day festival will once again include a curated selection of Red Carpet galas, Special Screenings, World Cinema, Documentaries and Short Films.

“As we look ahead to AFI Fest, we are reminded of the power of film festivals to immerse, to inspire and to bring us together,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI president and CEO. “We look forward to shining a proper light upon films from around the world that move us and to celebrating the artists that lead the way to a brighter future.”

Entries for the AFI Fest 2023 Short Film Competition program are now open and filmmakers are invited to submit fiction, documentary, experimental and animated short films. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI Fest as a qualifying festival for the Live Action, Animated and Documentary Short Film categories for the annual Academy Awards®.


  • Early Deadline – March 2, 2023 
  • Official Deadline – April 13, 2023
  • Final Deadline – June 1, 2023

Learn more about submitting to AFI Fest 2023 here.


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