Los Angeles’ longest running International Film Festival, AFI fest, announces its 2010 dates and asks for film entries for their 24th annual event. The American Film Institute’s event which will be held November 4 until the 11th will take place at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the MANN Chinese in Hollywood, as well as the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Last years free festival model was such a hit that other film festivals are following suit. It is a great way to enjoy good cinema without the financial burden. The AFI is a prestigious festival, getting FIAPF accreditation and being recognized by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for the short film category.

Filmmakers are invited to submit narrative, documentary, experimental, animated and short films at AFI.com/AFIFEST or through Withoutabox.com. The final submission deadline for shorts (under 30 minutes) is July 30th, 2010, and the final deadline for feature length films (documentary and narrative) is August 13th, 2010 (I think Do Not Disturb will be going out for a spot, but I’m not sure). Decisions will be announced no later than October 8th, 2010. If interested, submit your work ASAP, you never know where it will end up.

They are constantly expanding the festival, even adding a new segment that comes with a $5,000 prize to this years features. It is a great way for future Steven Spielberg’s and Martin Scorsese’s to get their work seen in front of  a large audience which even includes superstars. In the past, people such as Robert De Niro, Tyler Perry, Angela Bassett, Kate Beckinsale, Nicolas Cage and even Oprah have attended.

Have you ever  been to the festival? What do you think of it?