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    Film by Angelina Jolie Pitt to Launch the Festival on November 5at the Historic TCL Chinese TheatrePasses to Ensure Seating Available Now at AFI.comFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, August 27, 2015 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that the World Premiere of Universal Pictures’ BY THE SEA —  written, directed, produced by and starring Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie Pitt and also starring and produced by Academy Award ® winner Brad Pitt  —  will be the Opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi on Thursday, November 5, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.  The film features an international cast that includes Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer.  Available now at are festival passes for purchase, which ensure reserved seats for Opening Night.The 29th edition of AFI FEST takes place November 5–12, 2015, in the heart of Hollywood.  Screenings and Galas will be held at the Dolby Theatre, the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  The full festival lineup and schedule will be unveiled in October.“Time and again, Angelina Jolie Pitt has proven herself an artist of the highest caliber,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO.  “It is an honor for AFI to celebrate her latest story with its World Premiere – and in doing so – to shine a proper light upon her boundless creative energies as actor, director, writer and producer.”“AFI has long supported the boldness and experimentation that accompanies provocative cinema,” said Jolie Pitt.  “As a filmmaker, and on behalf of our cast and crew, I am honored to launch the film at the Opening Night Gala for AFI FEST.”“We are launching this year’s AFI FEST with a film that is fueled by the influence of both American and foreign cinema.  Angelina Jolie Pitt’s intelligent artistry in BY THE SEA proves that she is one of today’s most creative and expressive filmmakers.  It is a perfect way to kick off what will be eight days of incredible films from Hollywood and across the globe,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST.           AFI FEST remains the only global event of its caliber to offer free individual tickets to screenings and events as a gift to the community.  These free tickets will be available to the general public online at beginning Monday, October 26.  Available for purchase now at are AFI FEST Patron Packages and Express Passes — which can include access to sold-out Galas and other high-demand films and events.As part of their membership benefit, AFI members will receive a complimentary AFI FEST Cinepass, which allows access to all regular screenings at this year’s festival.  Additionally, AFI members at the Two-Star level and above level receive a 10% discount on all AFI FEST Patron Packages and Express Passes.


    29th AFI FEST to be held November 5-12FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, February 18, 2015 – AFI FEST presented by Audi officially announced its dates and call for entries today.  The American Film Institute’s annual celebration of artistic excellence, AFI FEST brings Hollywood icons, emerging artists and audiences together to experience global cinema in the movie capital of the world.  The film festival is the only one of its stature that is free to the public.


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