A Boy in Front of the Loews 125th Street Movie Theater
A Boy in Front of the Loews 125th Street Movie Theater Credit: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, © Dawoud Bey

The Festival will consist of film screenings, discussions, masterclasses and events taking place at three locations including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Freer|Sackler, 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.

Festival Pass $300

Provides access to the following:

  • Access to all films (early access to select screenings in September)
  • Night at the Museum Celebration October 25th
  • Closing Night Film Premiere & Party October 27th
  • Special gift

Please note that all events will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Seats are not guaranteed and registration will close once capacity is reached. The Festival Pass does not include access to any Masterclasses, tickets must be purchased separately. Tickets can be reserved for the Closing Night Film, seats are limited. Current members will receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a Festival Pass. 

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Screening Pass $125

Provides access to the following:

  • Access to all films (with the exception of Closing Night Film)

Please note that all events will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Seats are not guaranteed and registration will close once capacity is reached.

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Night at the Museum Ticket $100

Provides access to the following:

  • Night at the Museum Celebration, October 25th

Masterclass Ticket $50

Provides access to one masterclass. 

Masterclasses will be held in the following areas:

  • Storytelling
  • Editing
  • Cinematography

Please note that all events will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Seats are not guaranteed and registration will close once capacity is reached.

Tickets $10

Individual Tickets will be available online in early October. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each ticket purchased provides access to one film screening.

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Free Events

Free events held at the Freer|Sackler require online registration; review the latest schedule for more information.

Free events held at the National Gallery of Art are walk-up only, and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No registration is required.

Review our ticketing and admission policies for more information.

Admission

ADMISSION

Film Screenings: Tickets for individual film screenings will be on sale beginning September 24. 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.

Masterclass Admission: Advance registration is required. 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.

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.

Privacy Notice

The National Museum of African American History and Culture strictly enforces the Film Festival policies above. These policies apply to all registrants.