Passes and Tickets
The Festival will consist of film screenings, discussions, master classes and events taking place at three locations including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Freer|Sackler Gallery of Art, and the National Gallery of Art.
Registration and purchase of a festival pass, screening pass, masterclass ticket(s), or individual ticket(s) is required to see films and attend events.
Film Screening Ticket $10
Tickets to individual film screenings are still available for purchase. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each ticket purchased provides access to one film screening. See the festival schedule for information on all screenings.
Purchase film screening tickets at NMAAHC
Purchase film screening tickets at Freer|Sackler Gallery of Art
Master Class Ticket $50
Tickets for Master Classes are no longer available for sale. Master Classes will be held in: Editing, Screenwriting, and Cinematography.
Closing Night Premiere and Party Ticket $50
Tickets for the Closing Night Premiere and Party on Saturday, October 27th are sold out.
Night at the Museum Ticket $100
Tickets for Night at the Museum Celebration on Thursday, October 25th are no longer available for sale.
Free events held at the Freer|Sackler Gallery of Art and National Gallery of Art are walk-up only, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is required. Review the latest schedule for more information.
Review our ticketing and admission policies below for more information.
Screening Pass $125
Provides access to all films, with the exception of Closing Night Film. Screening passes are no longer available for sale.
Festival Pass $300
Provides access to all films, Night at the Museum Celebration, and the Closing Night Film Premiere & Party. Festival passes are no longer available for sale.
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Film Screenings: Tickets for individual film screenings will be on sale online beginning October 9th. Tickets are available on a first-come, first serve basis and can only be purchased online.
Registered Festival Pass and Screening Pass holders will receive an email providing advance access to screening selections.
All theater seating will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Seats are not guaranteed and registration will close once capacity is reached.
Master Classes: Advance registration is required. Capacity is limited and seats will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the Master Class begins, registrants will be allowed in at the discretion of the room manager.
Exchanges: Capacity is limited and seats will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the Exchange begins, registrants will be allowed in at the discretion of the room manager.
Pass and Ticket Refunds and Exchanges
All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges will be granted to ticket or pass holders.
Accessibility Entry to Screenings
The Smithsonian African American Film Festival is committed to providing inclusive experiences for all audiences and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
American Sign Language interpretation and access services are available by contacting the Museum in advance. There will be a limited number of assistive listening devices and audio-description services available at some locations.
If you have an aide who provides assistance, s/he must have a pass or a ticket for the screening.
The Smithsonian Accessibility Map
- provides accessibility entrance and parking locations for museums on and near the Mall.
Venue Specific Accessibility Information
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Freer | Sackler Gallery of Art
- National Gallery of Art
NMAAHC Accessibility Information by Phone
- The NMAAHC Interactive Voice Response (IVR) System accessibility information:
1 (844) 750-3012 (select option 6, then option 2.)
The National Museum of African American History and Culture strictly enforces the Film Festival policies above. These policies apply to all registrants.