Welcome to the Arab Film and Media Institute

AFMI stands for Arab Film and Media Institute. We founded the Arab Film and Media Institute to fight all the bigotry and hate with powerful art and storytelling that fosters empathy and understanding of our common humanity, and to support Arab talent in the United States.

It is a new organization founded by the team behind the largest and oldest Arab Film Festival in North America. AFMI aims to be a complete ecosystem to find, nurture, and showcase Arab talent in the United States. Starting with organizing school screenings, and growing into offering filmmaker services and original programming, AFMI is the place for Arab cinema and its fans, and the home of the Arab Film Festival.

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Upcoming Events

25th Anniversary Arab Film Festival!

November 12 - November 22

Latest Posts

Arab Films at Cannes and Tribeca 2021

We’re back again, as we always are, to highlight the Arab films premiering this year. The Cannes Film Festival recently announced their lineup and the Tribeca Film Festival is coming up on June 9th so we are here to share with you the Arab films that made the cut! Arab Films at Cannes 2021 The Cannes Film Festival, back in full form after its cancellation last year, will take place in-person from July 6 to July 17. There are four Arab films in the official selection this year: Film

The Present: How Caged Birds Maneuver

Since its release, Farah Nabulsi’s directorial debut project, The Present, has garnered consistent attention and accolades. The short film has been nominated for an Oscar, won a BAFTA, and received numerous awards from renowned festivals like the Claremont-Ferrand and the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival.  Film still from The Present “Why are you here?” an Israeli settler asks Yusef, an average Palestinian man looking to cross an Israeli checkpoint near his home in the Occupied West Bank. Yusef, our protagonist, is accompanied by his daughter Yasmine as

Revolutionary Arab Women in the Arts – Filmmaker Heiny Srour

In preparation for our upcoming women’s showcase, 6 Days/6 Nights - Revolutionary Arab Women in the Arts, we wanted to feature some of the amazing women whose work we are presenting. Our first feature is of filmmaker Heiny Srour, whose documentary The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived provided the inspiration for this showcase and will open the series on Thursday, March 25th.  Heiny Srour filming Leila and the Wolves Heiny Srour was born in Beirut, Lebanon in the mid-40’s. She studied anthropology at the Sorbonne under Maxime Rodinson,

6 Arab Horror Films to Watch on Halloween

Although horror films have been around in the Arab world for decades, they have never been prevalent enough to make a dent in the culture. The films that do exist are sparse, and quality is hard to find, but the Arab horror film genre has begun to grow in the past few years. Here is a list of six entertaining Arab horror films to check out during this spooky season! Madayen (2016) dir. Ayman Tamano / Saudi Arabia / 62 min  Film still from Madayen Three young Saudis are

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Filmmaking 101 – Q&A with Rami Alayan and Yasmeen Turayhi [VIDEO]

Did you miss our first filmmakers' webinar? Watch the recording! Feras Mousilli talked to filmmakers Yasmeen Turayhi and Rami Alayan about getting your film done, from pre production all the way to distribution, followed by audience Q&A. Video below. https://youtu.be/LcinktkGI0E Hollywood might still take the biggest slice of the box office pie, but more and more content is now available to movie lovers looking for more diverse and authentic voices. As the film industry is going through what could be a revolutionary time of change because of Covid, now