Hey filmmakers! Now you know... we should note that this is one of the very few top-tier film festivals in the USA with a black woman (or black man, really) at its helm - Jacqueline Lyanga. An S&A profile of her is long overdue.
S&A should be at the festival this year - or so I hear.
Here's a condensed version of the official press release with the most salient details:
AFI FEST 2012 presented by Audi officially announced its dates and call for entries today. The American Film Institute's annual celebration of artistic excellence brings the audience and the entertainment community together to explore the year in global cinema through the new works of film masters, moving image icons and breakthrough talents, and is the only film festival of its stature that is free to the public. AFI FEST will take place November 1 through 8 in Hollywood, California, the movie capital of the world, at the historic Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres at the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Egyptian Theatre of the American Cinematheque and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
The final submission deadline for short films (under 30 minutes) is July 27, and 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®.
The final deadline for feature-length films is August 10. Films found solely through the submissions process are presented in the festival's "Breakthrough" section, providing an opportunity for new filmmakers to share their vision with the world and receive a $5,000 cash award.
Filmmakers can e-mail programming@AFI.com or call 1.866.AFI.FEST for more information about the submissions process.
And the rest of the story...
AFI FEST mixes nightly red carpet galas of Hollywood films with new auteur works from around the world, ensuring that an extraordinary array of foreign filmmaker voices is heard.
"Each year, the festival brings over a hundred filmmakers from around the world to Los Angeles to present their films, and to spend eight days with among the most discerning public audiences of movie-lovers in the world and leaders in the entertainment community. We bring filmmakers to Los Angeles, some for the first time, and it all begins with the call for entries," said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST.
"As a programmer, the thrill of watching a blind submission new entry and discovering a new filmmaker is such a rewarding experience. Through our submission process last year, we found new filmmakers in every corner of the globe, including Chile, Iran and Sweden, and we look forward to the talent that awaits us this year," said Lane Kneedler, Associate Director of Programming, AFI FEST.
Well, what are you waiting for?