NBC News' MEET THE PRESS WITH CHUCK TODD will hit the big screen for the first time this fall, joining forces with The American Film Institute for an innovative documentary film festival premiere featuring must-watch untold stories of American politics.

The first-ever Meet the Press Film Festival in Collaboration With AFI will be held in Washington, DC this November, featuring seven short-length documentary films produced with a diversity of perspectives.

Submissions are now being accepted. For more information about the film festival and to submit your film

Deadlines for Submissions:

Early Bird Deadline: August 18 ($20 Submission Fee)
Regular Deadline: September 1 ($30 Submission Fee)
Late Deadline:September 15 ($40 Submission Fee)
Notification: October 1


How do I submit my film to Meet the Press Film Festival in Collaboration With AFI?

You may submit your film through If you already have a Withoutabox account, please go ahead and log in. If you do not, please register in the section titled "For Film Festivals & Screenplay Competitions" and follow the instructions on the site.

How will I know if my film is selected for the Festival?

We will notify the contact person listed under "Main Contact/Submitter" by October 1, 2017 via email regarding the status of your film.

I submitted my documentary last year to AFI DOCS and it was not accepted. Can I submit to the Meet the Press Film Festival in Collaboration With AFI?

Yes. If your film was completed after November 1, 2016 you can submit it. Be sure to note on your application that you've previously submitted this film to AFI DOCS.

My film has aired on television. Can I still submit to Meet the Press Film Festival in Collaboration With AFI?

If your film has aired on television in the U.S., then that version is not eligible for Meet the Press Film Festival in Collaboration With AFI. Films that have aired on television, but not within the US, are eligible.

Can I submit more than one film?

Yes. However you need to treat each film as a unique entry, and create a separate application for each.

Can I submit a rough cut of my film?

We strongly encourage you to submit a completed film – but we will accept late rough-cut submissions. Please be sure to indicate what is incomplete: temporary sound, no credits or titles, missing scenes, etc. Meet the Press Film Festival in Collaboration With AFI will only screen completed films.

Does the festival screen films, which are a work in progress?

No. The Festival screens completed films only.

How recently must my film have been completed to be eligible?

Films eligible for consideration in Meet the Press Film Festival in Collaboration With AFI must have been completed on or after November 1, 2016.

How can I be sure you received my submission?

We receive a high volume of film submissions, and consequently, are unable to notify each individual submitter. If you have applied online through, you can log into your online application and see if your film has been received by the Programming department. You may also send us a self-addressed, stamped postcard, which we will mail back to you as confirmation of receipt.

In which format should I submit my film?

The format of your submission should be an online Vimeo link. If password-protected, the password should be usable until October 1, 2017. You can include your link and password information in the cover letter section of your Withoutabox application or email the information to: [email protected]. You must include the film title and Withoutabox tracking number in the subject line.

What exhibition formats can you screen during the festival?

We can screen DCP only.

What kind of films do you screen at Meet the Press Film Festival in Collaboration With AFI?

Presenting untold stories of American politics, the festival is seeking short documentary films from a "diversity of perspective" – meaning geographic, ideological, religious, cultural or racial diversity and that demonstrate a bold commitment to subject matter, excellence in cinematic craft, and innovation in storytelling.

What is considered a "short film"?

Shorts are 40 minutes or less.

If my film is in a language other than English, do you require subtitles?

Yes, we require either subtitles or dubbing on any film that is in a language other than English. Subtitles are preferred.

How do I alert you if my contact information changes?

Email any contact information to the Programming department at [email protected].

Can Meet the Press Film Festival in Collaboration With AFI send me feedback or comments on my film?

Unfortunately, because of the high volume of film submissions we are unable to provide feedback on your submission.

Where is the festival located and when does it take place?

Meet the Press Film Festival in Collaboration With AFI" will take place in November 2017 in Washington, DC. Check back here for forthcoming updates.

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