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.


Upcoming Events

25th Anniversary Arab Film Festival!

November 18 - November 24

InFocus: Arab Cinema (2021)

December 10 - December 11

Latest Posts

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

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