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By Film Threat Staff | July 5, 2005

This year’s AFI FEST 2005 will be held November 3 – 13, 2005, in Hollywood, California. The final deadline for shorts (under 30 minutes) is July 6. The final deadline for features (over 30 minutes) is July 15. Decisions will be announced no later than October 8, 2005.
AFI FEST is the longest-running film festival in Los Angeles and one of the most influential in North America. Now in its 19th year as a program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST spans 10 days each November and features international competitions of brand new films from emerging filmmakers, global showcases of the latest work from the great film masters and nightly red-carpet gala premieres. a. The festival takes place at the state-of-the-art Arclight Hollywood complex and historic Cinerama Dome Theatre adjoining the AFI FEST Village.

Each year, AFI FEST features an International Competition of features, documentaries and shorts, as well as regional showcases of international cinema, including Asian New Classics, European Film Showcase, Latin Cinema Series and American Directions, Special Screenings and Gala Premieres.

In 2004, the American Film Market (AFM) moved to November, establishing a strategic alliance with AFI FEST and creating the first concurrent festival/market event in North America. As the largest motion picture trade event in the world, AFM is a marketplace where over $500 million in production and distribution deals are conducted and closed annually, by more than 7,000 entertainment professionals and executives from over 70 countries. Conjoined marketing efforts, integrated transportation, as well as a combined registration program are components of this historic alignment, providing significant exposure to AFM’s community of entertainment professionals.

For more info, visit the AFI website.

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