The Nation’s Oldest and Largest Festival of Arab Films

The flagship event of the Arab Film and Media Institute, the Arab Film Festival is the longest running independent festival of its kind in North America. Launched in 1996, the festival’s mission is to present the best of contemporary films that illuminate the richness of Arab culture through authentic narratives and images, providing insight into the beauty and complexity of the Arab world.

The festival also offers special programming to local audiences, and unprecedented access to the diversity and range of authentic Arab experiences. The festival has gained an international reputation for excellence and offers its audiences access to media that reflects the lives of under-represented and provocative themes and groups on a cultural and societal level.

Arab Film Festival

This year we cannot bring together thousands of Arab film fans in person…so we joined forces with some of the country’s best Arab film and cultural organizations to gather online.

Four Arab film + cultural orgs from across the country are partnering this year to bring you a virtual Arab film fest, December 3 through the 13th. Join us.

Arab Film Fest Collab

The Arab American National Museum (AANM), the Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI), ArteEast, and Mizna proudly present the Arab Film Fest Collab (AFFC) from December 3 to 13, 2020. The AFFC is a collectively produced virtual film festival, screening independent Arab cinema for audiences across the United States.

With programs featuring films, panel discussions, and performances from Southwest Asia and North Africa (SWANA), the AFFC highlights Arab, Afro-Arab, and Black SWANA voices, capturing the complexity of the Arabic-speaking world and its diverse narratives. Offering more than 50 short and feature-length films, genres include drama, science fiction, comedy, and documentary. Screening the work of filmmakers from countries like Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Sudan, Algeria, and Morocco, the AFFC exhibits all films in their original languages with English subtitles.

To make the AFFC accessible to all viewers, the festival offers All-Access passes, and individual tickets available for $10 or pay-what-you-can.