Now in its 18th year, AFI DOCS will be held June 17-21, 2020, at Washington, DC venues and the historic AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. The five-day program presents the very best of contemporary documentary filmmaking from across the globe, including world and international premieres, and works by master and emerging filmmakers alike. In 2019, AFI DOCS presented 72 films representing 17 countries, and numerous special events to an audience of over 12,000.
Each year, AFI DOCS presents a slate of filmmaker engagement programs to create additional opportunities for documentary filmmakers to enhance both their careers and the impact of their films. The AFI DOCS Forum includes filmmaker-focused panels, presentations and informal meetings, as well as other networking opportunities. The AFI DOCS Impact Lab is a two-day, intensive program for filmmakers with issue-driven documentaries who aim to create broader social and political change. The Lab provides select filmmakers with unique training opportunities in the areas of advocacy, grassroots communications and grasstops engagement.
Since its inception in 2003, the leading documentary storytellers of our day have embraced AFI DOCS as the place for nonfiction films to catalyze a national conversation. The AFI DOCS Advisory Board includes Ken Burns, Davis Guggenheim, Chris Hegedus, Werner Herzog, Rory Kennedy, Barbara Kopple, Spike Lee, Errol Morris, Stanley Nelson, D A Pennebaker and Frederick Wiseman.
Contemporary documentaries from around the world - 41 minutes in length or longer - that demonstrate a bold commitment to subject matter, excellence in cinematic craft, and innovation in storytelling.
Contemporary documentaries from around the world - 40-minutes in length or less - that demonstrate a bold commitment to subject matter, excellence in cinematic craft, and innovation in storytelling.
AFI DOCS winners have consistently been nominated for Academy Awards®, Emmy Awards® and other major recognitions.
Each year, AFI DOCS audiences select winners for Best Feature and Best Short. In 2019, CHASING THE MOON, directed by Robert Stone, was selected as Best Feature, and ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN, directed by Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan, was selected as Best Short.