AFI FEST spans 11 days each fall, featuring international films from emerging filmmakers, global showcases of the latest work from the great film masters, nightly special screenings and red-carpet gala premieres. Each year, AFI FEST presents international competitions of features, documentaries and shorts, as well as regional showcases as part of its broader World Cinema section.
Since 2000, the consumer audience at AFI FEST has tripled to over 65,000 attendees and the acquisition of feature films for global distribution has become routine during the event. In 2007, over 600 press representatives secured accreditation to the Festival, with combined media impressions in excess of 1.6 billion worldwide. This year we anticipate over 700 accredited press representatives.
AFI FEST is the only film festival in the United States to hold the prestigious FIAPF accreditation (www.FIAPF.org), assuring a high standard of quality and reliability for the international film community. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards.