The San Diego Arab Film Festival is a project of KARAMA

Call For Submissions

San Diego Arab Film Festival
April 5,6, 13 & 14, 2019

The San Diego Arab Film Festival (San Diego AFF) invites submissions for its upcoming festival scheduled for April 5-6 and April 13-14, 2019.  San Diego AFF is seeking narrative, documentary, experimental and animated films, both features and shorts.

San Diego AFF began in 2012 and presents films from and about the Arab World that reinforce the humanity of its people and that highlight the dynamism and creativity of contemporary Arab culture.  The Festival strives to present top-quality films that offer honest and realistic portrayals of the peoples of the Arab World, their culture, history and politics without reinforcing negative stereotypes.

San Diego AFF is a project of KARAMA, a 501(c)(3) in San Diego.  For more information about the Festival, visit  For information about KARAMA, visit

San Diego AFF accepts submissions on FilmFreeway and Withoutabox. Click on the links below to access the submission pages.

Submit on Withoutabox

Schedule of Submissions

Opening Date:  June 15, 2018

Regular Deadline:  September 30, 2018

Late Deadline: October 30, 2018

Notification Date:  January 15, 2019

Event Date:  April 5-14, 2019

Awards and Prizes

Selected films will be entered into competition for Audience Awards for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film.

Rules and Terms

San Diego Arab Film Festival seeks films from and about the Arab World produced between January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2019.  Films must have legible English subtitles unless there is little or no dialogue.


San Diego AFF prefers that submissions be made via Film Freeway, however downloadable links (with passwords) may be submitted to  Selected films must be available in DCP, high resolution .264 or Blu-Ray format with a frame rate of 24fps.  Please include director’s name, country of origin, and a brief description.

By special arrangements, submissions may be made by mail or delivery service with the understanding that San Diego AFF will not bear costs related to shipping and that submitted media may not be returned.  Contact for further information.


Regular Deadline:  Feature films, $15; short films, $10

Late Deadline:  Feature films, $25; short films, $20.

Pay fees via Film Freeway at time of submission.

Selected Films

Official Selections will be asked to provide a password protected link for previewing, high resolutions stills and any available press materials for use in publicizing the film and the Festival.

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