Proposal Call – AFS

Worldwide Call for Proposals for the 2024-2025 American Film Showcase Program Cycle

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) Cultural Programs Division has announced the call for proposals for the 2023-2024 program cycle of the American Film Showcase (AFS). AFS is a cultural exchange program that promotes U.S. foreign policy goals by providing access to award-winning films, filmmakers, and media experts. Interested parties must submit their applications and budget proposals by June 19, 2023.

AFS is managed by ECA’s Cultural Programs Division in collaboration with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. It consists of two main components: a curated slate of films and a person-to-person cultural exchange program. Approximately 35-50 posts across all regions will be selected to participate in AFS, with selected posts screening AFS films for local audiences. While ECA covers international travel and honoraria, posts are expected to cover in-country costs.

The AFS film slate includes U.S. documentaries and episodic content, which will be available for screening purposes* from September 2023 to September 2025. AFS also offers subtitling options and the ability to explore accessibility options for audiences with disabilities. Participating posts may organize multiple screenings but need to inform AFS staff at least 10 days in advance.

AFS offers overseas exchange programs where participating posts can request traveling AFS Envoys for in-country programs. Envoys may lead master classes, workshops, and other activities related to film and TV production. AFS can also produce virtual programs, subject to availability and notice requirements.

Before submitting a proposal, posts should refer to the AFS Program Handbook and utilize the resources available on the AFS resource page (password:  Suite465). The application process requires submitting an online application and budget proposal by June 19, 2023. Proposals should include mission strategic objectives, preferred Envoy program dates, descriptions of notional Envoy exchange programming, post plans for screening AFS films, target audiences, and DEIA goals.

Proposals will be reviewed based on their direct linkages to mission objectives, quality of outreach, engagement plans with emerging filmmakers and media professionals, and potential impact on DEIA goals. Final selections will be notified by the first week of July 7, 2023. Posts are also reminded of the separate film licensing agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation for in-person screenings.

*Posts are responsible for overseeing intellectual property protection and the integrity of the films.