Showcasing the best in documentary programming from the US and around the globe in the heart of the nation’s capital, AFI DOCS is the nation’s premier documentary film festival.

AFI DOCS offers a unique opportunity to connect audiences with inspiring documentarians, film subjects, national opinion leaders, public policy experts and changemakers. With insightful screenings, industry panels and creative workshops you won’t experience at any other film festival, the festival harnesses the power of this important art form and its potential to inspire social change.

Screenings during this annual five-day event take place in historic, state-of-the-art venues in Washington, DC and the world-class AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, which serves the metropolitan region as a national model for preserving and honoring film heritage.

Throughout the year, the AFI DOCS Film Series brings audiences in the nation’s capital the best in nonfiction filmmaking.

“The nation’s leading documentary film festival.” – The Washington Post

AFI DOCS Advisory Board

Ken Burns

Davis Guggenheim

Chris Hegedus

Werner Herzog

Rory Kennedy

Barbara Kopple

Spike Lee

Errol Morris

Stanley Nelson

Frederick Wiseman