Honorees to Be Announced on December 8, 2016

Outstanding Achievements in Film and TV Celebrated

at Invitation-Only Luncheon on January 6, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — September 13, 2016, LOS ANGELES, CA — Recognizing the year’s most outstanding achievements in the art of the moving image, AFI AWARDS is the American Film Institute’s annual almanac of excellence — celebrating works of significance in both film and television. Submissions for AFI AWARDS 2016 are now being accepted online at until 5:00 p.m. PT on October 20 for television and 5:00 p.m. PT on October 27 for film. Honorees will be announced on December 8, 2016, with an invitation-only luncheon to follow on January 6, 2017.

Favored by artists and entertainment executives for its intimacy and collaborative recognition, the annual gathering is the only form of national appreciation that honors the creative ensemble as a whole — those in front of and behind the camera — and is popular with honorees because there are no winners or losers. AFI will honor the talented teams that created the 10 most outstanding films and 10 most outstanding television programs of the year at a private luncheon in Los Angeles.

Marking the 17th chapter in the American Film Institute’s 21st century almanac, AFI AWARDS honorees are selected by a jury process comprised of experts from across the moving image communities — including film and television artists, scholars, critics and AFI Trustees. 

Television Submission Deadline October 20, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. PT
Film Submission Deadline October 27, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. PT
Honorees Announced December 8, 2016
AFI AWARDS 2016 Luncheon January 6, 2017

About the American Film Institute
AFI is America’s promise to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film; AFI AWARDS, honoring the most outstanding movies and TV series of the year; AFI’s 100 Years...100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI FEST presented by AudiAFI DOCS and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory. For more information about AFI, visit or connect with AFI at,, and


Media Contact: Stephanie Sweeney, American Film Institute, 323.856.7871, [email protected]
Submissions Contact: Josh Kushins, American Film Institute, 323.856.7826, [email protected]