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

AFF2020 Opening Night

October 16 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

AFF 2020: The 24th Arab Film Festival

October 16 @ 6:00 pm - October 25 @ 10:00 pm

Latest Posts

Arab Films at Cannes 2020 & Palm Springs ShortFest

Our yearly tradition continues, with the spotlight on Arab Films at Cannes 2020 and at Palm Springs ShortFest. With the world currently in a shutdown due to COVID-19, we've seen the cancellation of many film festivals. Despite this, major film festivals are still announcing their lineups along with what they have planned for this unusual and unprecedented year. Two notable film festivals just announced their lineups and we're excited to share with you the Arab films that made the cut! Arab Films at Cannes 2020 The Cannes Film Festival, which

  • Films by Black Filmmakers from the Arab World 

Films by Black Filmmakers from the Arab World

Discover films by Black filmmakers from the Arab World. Our blog editor Yasmina Tawil has made a Letterboxd list of all these films so you can add them to your Watchlist ♥ Check the complete list here. Featuring: You Will Die at 20 Talking About Trees AKasha (featured at #AFF2019) Khartoum Offside Freedom Fields Film (featured at #AFF2019) Timbuktu Veganize It! (featured in this year's Arab Film Series online) and more! We also tagged all the films and filmmakers we could find in our Instagram post - make sure to

  • 10 Queer Arab Films to Watch During Pride Month

35 Queer Arab Films to Watch During Pride Month [Updated for 2020]

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 Documentary Films Streaming Now

This selection of Arab Documentary Films is the third of a three-part series of posts on Arab films you can watch online while practicing social distancing. Catch up with part one and part two to discover even more movies. Since most of us are stuck at home isolating, we at AFMI have chosen 4 Arab documentary films streaming now that you can watch from the comfort of your home. While some of the most powerful and highly regarded Arab documentaries are available online, we've chosen to highlight some lesser known

Narrative Arab Films Streaming Now

This is the second of a three-part series of posts on how to watch Arab films streaming now while practicing social distancing. Since most of us are stuck at home isolating, we at AFMI have chosen 5 Arab films that bring us joy during these difficult times. Comedy, romance, friendship, family and adventure are the main themes present in this movies. Each film is available to stream online, either for free or with a subscription. Film still from Yomeddine Yomeddine (2018) dir. A.B. Shawky • AFF 2018 Selection Egypt /