AFI Fest unveils plans for 24th edition

Event to take place Nov. 4-11 at various Hollywood locations

AFI Fest has set Nov. 4-11 as the dates for its 24th edition.

The fest, which is partnered with the American Film Market, which runs from Nov. 3-10, will once again set up shop at Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Mann Chinese 6 at the Hollywood & Highland Center and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Repeating last year's innovation, tickets will once again be free, courtesy of presenting sponsor Audi and the fest's other sponsors.

Jacqueline Lyanga, who was promoted to festival director in January following the departure of a number of senior staffers in December, announced today that this year's fest will inaugurate a new section and award to highlight films found solely through the submissions process.

Films in the new section will be eligible for an audience award worth $5,000.

"We have found extraordinary gems in the submissions process over the years, and this is an opportunity to highlight the 2010 entries at the festival," Lyanga said.

AFI Fest is currently accepting submissions at its own website and through The submission deadline for shorts (under 30 minutes) is July 30, and the deadline for feature-length narrative and documentary films is Aug. 13.

The lineup will be announced no later than Oct. 8.