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Thursday, September 10th: Enjoy an outdoor film at Port City!

AFF Port City Flyer 2.0

Please join us for an evening of excellent beer, delicious BBQ and a great outdoor film! Port City Brewing Company will be hosting a Community Give Back Night for the Alexandria Film Festival on Thursday, September 10th. Ten percent of all food and beverage purchases will be donated to the film festival, which greatly helps our all-volunteer organization host our annual festival. This year, the multi-day event will be held November 6-8 at AMC Hoffman 22, and a few additional locations in Alexandria.


Earlybird Deadline: July 13, 2015
Regular Deadline: August 3, 2015
Late Deadline: September 9, 2015

Known for bringing enriching short and feature length films of all genres, filmmaker panels and arts presentations to this historic and unique city, the Alexandria Film Festival is a yearly celebration of film. AFF presents emerging and established, local and international filmmakers to engaged audiences from Alexandria and the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Last year, the festival brought more than 60 films and 50 filmmakers to Alexandria to personally interact with audiences. Visiting filmmakers came from as far away as Sri Lanka and Uruguay and as near as Alexandria.

The ninth annual Alexandria Film Festival will be held November 6-8, 2015. Venues will include AMC Hoffman 22 Theater and Beatley Central Library. This year’s film competition categories are as follows:

Alexandria is home to film producers and enthusiasts, arts patrons, members of Congress and their staff, corporate executives and other influential groups. The city attracts many visitors and residents of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area who value its arts and history community as well as diplomats and embassy representatives.

As a city strengthened by great diversity, the Alexandria Film Festival encourages film submissions about, set in or made by filmmakers from the following countries, culture and regions. All films with international backgrounds will be considered.

  • Africa
  • African-American
  • Armenia
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam
  • Southeast Asia
  • Israel
  • The Middle East
  • El Salvador
  • Mexico
  • Latin America
  • Native Americans
  • China
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • The Pacific Rim

In addition to a confluence of international communities, Alexandria also prides itself on being a budding eco-city. AFF continues to feature films that focus on sustainability and provide a view into environmental, social and economical issues and sub-issues related to sustainable agriculture, architecture, culture, and more. Filmmakers are encouraged to interpret these categories broadly.

Awards include:

  • Best of Show ($300)
  • Jury Prize ($200)
  • Audience Award ($100)

Many films and filmmakers who have participated in the Alexandria Film Festival have been recognized for their achievements:

  • AFF official selection “Alive Inside” won the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival
  • AFF 2007 Grand Jury award winner “War Dance,” was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award. Filmmaker and AFF speaker Andrea Nix Fine went on to win the Oscar for Best Documentary Short in 2013 with co-director Sean Fine for “Innocente.”
  • 2014 AFF Foreign Language Film award for “Silent Tears” (Mouna Vizhiththuligal) won awards at the World Short Film Competition Festival 2015 in London.
    Best Director – Ilango Ram
    Best Editor – Saman Alvitigala/ Roshan Edward
    Best Child Artist – Beenu Asalya Sri Kumara

“Silent Tears” also won Best Short Film award at the Norway Tamil Film Festival and Best Foreign Language Film Award at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema in London

  • 2011 AFF Official Selection “Where Soldiers Come From” won the 2012 News and Documentary Emmy, as well as the Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award in 2012.

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Free Screening of 2014 Audience Award Winner – Rescheduled!

Unfortunately, the screening room at Beatley Library has been appropriated by the city for a budget presentation on March 11, necessitating the postponing of “Coming Back to the Hoop.” We apologize for any inconvenience.

We are happy to announce that the screening of “Coming Back to the Hoop” has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 23. Please join us at 6 p.m. for a reception honoring director, Jane Pittman. Light refreshments will be served. The screening will follow the reception at approximately 6:45 p.m., with Q&A to follow. We look forward to seeing you there!


And the Winners are . . . !


The Eighth Annual Alexandria Film Festival wrapped up Sunday, Nov. 9, with 62 films screened at AMC Hoffman 22 Theater andBeatley Central Library and 43 filmmakers on hand to take questions from the audience. And the winners are:

Best of Fest – “23 Segundos” Francisco Bello, Executive Producer; Felix Romero, Producer (Montevideo, Uruguay)

Special Jury Award – “The Ballad of Holland Island House,” Director Lynn Tomlinson (Owings Mills, MD)

Audience Award – “Coming Back to the Hoop,” Director Jane Pittman (Alexandria, VA)

Best Foreign Language – “Mouna Vizhiththuligal” (Silent Tears), Director Ilango Ramanathan (Colombo, Sri Lanka)

Congratulations to all of these amazing artists. It was an honor to screen your films.

Thank you to our sponsors who make the Alexandria Film Festival possible:

Mom’s Organic Market, Alexandria Commission for the Arts, Alexandria Hyundai, Bell Del Ray Apartments, McEnearney Associates, Spring Hill Suites Marriott, Burke and Herbert Bank, Wilson Grand Communications and AMC Hoffman 22 Theater.

Download the PDF of the Program


Eighth Annual Alexandria Film Festival Arriving Nov. 7-9


Oct. 26 – The Eighth Annual Alexandria Film Festival returns with its biggest and best program yet! AMC Hoffman Theater 22 will be the site of all ticketed events, with Beatley Central Library again offering free programming to the public.

Our eighth festival is better than ever! We will screen more than 60 films on three screens, with more than 30 filmmakers on hand to take questions from the audience, who will come from as far away as Sri Lanka and as close as the Washington Metropolitan area.

Films from Argentina, Australia, France, Germany, India, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Uruguay and the U.K. are among the international offerings.

Nov. 7 will kick off the festival with all day programming at Beatley Library. Ticketed events at AMC Hoffman will begin Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and continue through Sunday, Nov. 9, and conclude with an awards ceremony and closing reception.

This year’s programming includes “An Exploration of Art and Mind” on Saturday at Hoffman, that will feature “Alive Inside” which won the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. On hand to take questions from the audience will be producer Kate McDougal. This program will also feature commentary by Linda Maguire, neuroscientist and medical musician.

Several short films will round out the theme, concluding with “Tango Your Life” and an interactive demonstration of tango dancing. This programming was made possible by a grant from the Alexandria Commission for the Arts.

MOM’s Organic Market is sponsoring our “Sustainability Showcase” beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Hoffman. Films include: “Drill, Spill, Repeat,” “From Grain to Growler” about Virginia’s burgeoning craft beer industry. “The Ballad of Holland Hill House,” is a short film about the Chesapeake Bay that employs a unique technique combining claymation, painting and original soundtrack by filmmaker Lynn Tomlinson who will also appear.

Individual program tickets will be available on line, beginning 10/30 for $12, with an all festival pass available for $35. Tickets will also be available at the door for $15, with all festival pass available for $40.

There is ample free parking available at both locations and AMC Hoffman 22 can be accessed via metro at the Eisenhower Avenue station.