Selected International Film Festivals

AFI Docs Film Festival, Silver Spring

AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910

phone +1-301-495 6720
fax +1-301-495 6777

Festival Director
Mr. Michael Lumpkin

Head Programmer
Ms. Mimi Brody

Year of Foundation 2003

Event Date from 19 June 2019 till 23 June 2019

in Silver Spring & Washington, United States

Sections Features, Shorts Programs, Galas & Spotlight Screenings, Charles Guggenheim Symposium

Category Documentary

Terms of Entry Documentaries must have been completed after 1 March 2016. 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

Format DCP

Registration Deadline Early: December 2, 2016 Short Films $40 / Feature Films $50
Regular: February 3, 2017 Short Films $50 / Feature Films $70
Late: March 3, 2017 Short Films $60 / Feature Films $90

Attendance Figures 13,000

Participants of the Film Industry over 450 professionals

Prizes/Awards Audience Choice Award

German Films


Special Screenings
KINSHASA MAKAMBO by Dieudo Hamadi (CD/FR/CH/DE/QA/NO, Bärbel Mauch Film)

Feature Films
OVER THE LIMIT by Marta Prus (PL/DE/FI, Ventana Film- und Fernsehproduktion)

Short Films
KOKA, THE BUTCHER by Bence Máté (Film Five)

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 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.

>> back to list