AFI Docs Film Festival, Silver Spring
Mr. Michael Lumpkin
Ms. Malin Kan
Year of Foundation 2003
Event Date from 19 June 2019 till 23 June 2019
in Silver Spring & Washington, United States
Sections Anthem, Cinema’s Legacy, Galas, Portrait, Shorts, Special Screenings, Spectrum, Truth and Justice, ForumCategory Documentary
Terms of Entry Films eligible for consideration in AFI DOCS 2019 must have been completed on or after May 1, 2018. To be eligible for the Sterling Award, feature docs should have not played in more than two other US film festivals prior to the screening at AFI Docs. Documentaries must not have been broadcast on TV or screened theatricallyin the US. The documentary must not have screened in the Washington D.C area prior to the festival. Filmmakers may submit more than one documentary (for each doc entry form and fee!)
Genre Documentary Films
Subtitles English subtitles necessary
Registration Deadline AFI DOCS 2020 will open for submissions in October 2019.
Attendance Figures 13,000
Participants of the Film Industry over 450 professionals
Prizes/Awards Audience Choice Award
SEARCHING EVA by Pia Hellenthal (Corso Film)
AQUARELA von Victor Kossakowsky (DE/GB/DK, ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion)
EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SUDDEN BIRTH* (*BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK) by Scott Calonico
Number of Films Shown 90 films out of 30 countries
Media Coverage AFI Docs is widely covered in the entertainment industry and general press. National coverage incl. The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR and USA Today. Trade coverage incl. DOX, Hollywood Reporter, International Documentary, Variety and Screen International. Online publications Forbes.com and ABC News' The Note.
Evaluation Founded in 2003 by the American Film Institute and Discovery Channel, the festival has already gained the status of being the US version of Hot Docs while still keeping its familiar atmosphere. The three-day International Documentary Conference, held concurrently with the festival, was launched in 2005. It offers workshops, seminars and networking events.