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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

InFocus: Arab Cinema (2021)

December 10 @ 8:00 pm - December 11 @ 11:59 pm

Latest Posts

  • Netflix Celebrates Arab Cinema

Netflix Celebrates Arab Cinema

We are thrilled to share how Netflix celebrates Arab Cinema! When we launched the Arab Film and Media Institute in 2017, one of our vision goals was to ensure that our established and award-winning luminaries took their rightful place in the film industry’s pantheon of celebrated films. Today, we are so excited to announce that on December 9 Netflix celebrates Arab Cinema with a new collection of  films, and we are thrilled to play our part in supporting the release with upcoming exclusives and curated content. Celebrating Arab Cinema includes

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20 Arab Directors On Why They Made Their Films

These Arab directors - whose work will play at AFF2021 -  explain why they made their films and their personal connections to them. Filmmaking is much more than a job - it is a labor of love and persistence, and a single project can often take years to complete. Get inspired by the words of these Arab directors and check out their films. The 25th Arab Film Festival opens in San Francisco on November 18 and online on November 19, 2021. 200 METERS - directed by Ameen Nayfeh https://youtu.be/LhhF3Hr9bEw

Arab Films at Venice and TIFF 2021

Two of the year's biggest film festivals, the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the 78th Venice Film Festival (or La Biennale), recently revealed their full lineups. And if you’re here, you know we’re about to fill you in on the Arab films that have been selected! Discover all the Arab films at Venice and TIFF 2021.  Arab Films at Venice The Venice Film Festival will be in person starting September 1-11. Two short films are in competition! And while no features will be competing, there are still a

Arab Films at Palm Springs ShortFest 2021

The largest short film festival in the United States, Palm Springs International ShortFest, is happening this week! The festival is being held from June 22-28 in-person, following COVID-19 safety protocols. They selected fourteen Arab short films for this year’s lineup.   Film still from Al-Sit Al-Sit by Suzannah Mirghani Sudan/Qatar – Narrative Short – 20 min In Competition – Best of the Festival Award, Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes, Young Cineastes Award In a cotton-farming village in Sudan, 15-year-old Nafisa has a crush on Babiker, but her

  • 10 Queer Arab Films to Watch During Pride Month

Queer Arab Films to Watch During Pride Month [Updated for 2021]

It's June, which means it's LGBT Pride Month! This is a time to celebrate people of all sexual orientations and genders. Here at AFF, we are of course celebrating by watching movies. People are often surprised to learn that queer Arab films and filmmakers openly exist, but they most certainly do and this misconception makes it all the more important that we acknowledge and celebrate them. To celebrate Pride, we have compiled a list of Arab films that tackle the stories and experiences of LGBTQIA people. This list is updated