Press Releases

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES AUDIENCE AND JURY AWARD WINNERS

    Jury Award Winners Eligible for Short Film Oscar®CategoriesLive-Action Short Winner Is AFI Directing Workshop for Women Short WAR PAINTFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Los Angeles, CA, November 16, 2018 —AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi has announced the films that received this year’s Jury and Audience awards.Audience Award – FeatureTHE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM (DIR John Chester)In this poignant and charming documentary, filmmaker John Chester chronicles the eight-year effort of an ambitious, life-changing personal venture: moving out of Los Angeles with his wife, Molly, and building a diverse, sustainable farm.Audience Award – ShortPERIOD.

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ADDS ARETHA FRANKLIN DOCUMENTARY AMAZING GRACE

    Special Screening of West Coast Debut of Concert FilmTo Take Place Thursday, November 15, 8:00 p.m.

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES SPONSORS AND CULTURAL PARTNERS

    Free Tickets to Screenings Available Online and at AT&T Box Office Limited Number of Priority Passes Still Available FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Los Angeles, CA, November 7, 2018 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the sponsors and cultural partners for AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi, which takes place November 8-15 in Hollywood, CA, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt.

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL CONVERSATIONS

    Conversation Will Follow Special Screening of VOX LUX onFriday, November 9FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Los Angeles, CA, October 26, 2018 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that a Conversation with Natalie Portman has been added to AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi.

  • A CONVERSATION WITH NATALIE PORTMAN ADDED TO AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI

    Conversation Will Follow Special Screening of VOX LUX onFriday, November 9FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Los Angeles, CA, October 26, 2018 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that a Conversation with Natalie Portman has been added to AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi.

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI SHORTS LINEUP REVEALED

    Shorts Award Winners Eligible for Academy Awards®AFI FEST Schedule Available Today on AFI.comFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Los Angeles, CA, October 25, 2018 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films playing in the Shorts lineup at AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi.The Shorts section features 47 films from filmmakers from all over the world, showcasing their distinct international viewpoints.

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI SPECIAL SCREENINGS, CINEMA'S LEGACY AND MIDNIGHT LINEUPS ANNOUNCED

    Special Screenings Include World Premiere of First Episode FromAFI Conservatory Alumna Patty Jenkins’ Limited Series I AM THE NIGHTCinema’s Legacy Lineup Features Restored Classics Directed by WomenFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Los Angeles, CA, October 18, 2018 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will play in the Special Screenings, Cinema's Legacy and Midnight sections at AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi. This year's Special Screenings section showcases some of the most highly anticipated films and episodic series of the season.

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES WORLD CINEMA LINEUP

    Section Includes Seven Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® Submissionsand a Total of 28 Titles From 27 CountriesFeaturing North American Premiere of Episodes of Elena Ferrante MiniseriesMY BRILLIANT FRIENDFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — October 16, 2018, Los Angeles, CA — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will play in the World Cinema section of AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi. The World Cinema section showcases the most celebrated international films of the year and features 28 titles from 27 countries.  The section includes seven official Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® submissions: CAPERNAUM (DIR Nadine Labaki), DOGMAN (DIR Matteo Garrone), “I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS” (DIR Radu Jude), NEVER LOOK AWAY (DIR Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck), SHOPLIFTERS (DIR Hirokazu Kore-eda), SUNSET (DIR László Nemes) and THE WILD PEAR TREE (DIR Nuri Bilge Ceylan).  AFI FEST will also present the North American premiere of the first two episodes of MY BRILLIANT FRIEND as part of the section.

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP OF GALAS

    Galas Include World Premieres ofBIRD BOX and THE KOMINSKY METHODAlong With THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS, GREEN BOOK and WIDOWS.

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES AN EVENING WITH NICOLE KIDMAN

    Festival Will Host Conversation With Kidman in Tribute to Her Career,Followed by Gala Screening of DESTROYERFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — October 9, 2018, Los Angeles, CA — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi will host An Evening With Nicole Kidman.

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES NEW AUTEURS AND AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS LINEUPS 

       AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES NEW AUTEURS AND AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS LINEUPS Sections Feature 28 Films,Including 17 Films Directed by WomenFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — LOS ANGELES, CA, October 4, 2018 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will be featured in the New Auteurs and American Independents sections at AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi. Highlighting rising feature film directors, New Auteurs is the festival's platform for upcoming filmmakers from all over the world to showcase their new films.  This year, the section is comprised of 18 films, with 12 helmed by female filmmakers.The American Independents section represents the best of independent filmmaking this year.  Pushing boundaries of form and content across narrative and documentary cinema, this section includes 10 films — half of which are directed by women — from both new voices and filmmakers returning to AFI FEST.  Five are directed by women."The New Auteurs and American Independents sections are where you will find some of the boldest and most experimental work in the festival," said Lane Kneedler, Director of Programming, AFI Festivals.  "We encourage audiences to explore these unique films, and become acquainted with the emerging and provocative voices of their directors."NEW AUTEURSACID FOREST (RŪGŠTUS MIŠKAS)– A wispy stretch of land from Russia to Lithuania is home to an unlikely tourist attraction: a dying forest of leafless trees overtaken by thousands of ancient black birds ruining the area with their acid-fortified feces.

  • WORLD PREMIERE OF MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS TO CLOSE AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — September 25, 2018, Los Angeles, CA — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that AFI FEST presented by Audi will close with the World Premiere of Focus Features and Working Title's MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS.

  • ON THE BASIS OF SEX WORLD PREMIERE TO OPEN AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI

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  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL DATES AND CALL FOR ENTRIES

    32nd Edition of AFI FEST to Be Held November 8–15 Submissions Open Today Audi Returns as Presenting Sponsor FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — LOS ANGELES, CA, March 1, 2018 — AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi has officially announced its dates and call for entries.

Press FAQs about AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi 

What does my AFI FEST Press Pass allow access to?
Your press pass provides the following privileges, subject to capacity restrictions:

  • admission for one (1) to all regular screenings and events including Special Screenings, Conversations, and Presentations, subject to seating availability.
  • Pass holder admission begins 30 minutes prior to start time and ENDS 15 MINUTES PRIOR, when the standby Rush Line is admitted. ARRIVE EARLY. This pass does NOT guarantee admission.
  • This pass does NOT grant access to Galas. Please see below.
  • Press badges now include a barcode for scanning at theatre entrances. As you attend screenings and other events, please make sure to present your badge to be scanned.

Please note that there is NO video, or photographs allowed in the screenings or AFI FEST events.

How do I cover red carpet arrivals?
All press that wish to be on the red carpet at Galas must be specifically approved to do so, regardless of whether they have a festival press pass. A hard ticket is not required to cover red carpet arrivals. Each Gala is accredited separately. To request space on red carpets, e-mail [email protected].

How can I watch a Gala?
All press that wish to attend a Gala screening must be approved, separate from the red carpet approvals. You must have a hard ticket and have received an official confirmation email from the AFI FEST Press Team with specific instructions on how to attend. Please specify the Galas you wish to attend. Tickets are limited supply and are for media only. No plus-ones. To request a ticket for a seat at one of the Galas, please send an email to [email protected].

Can I use my press pass to bring a guest to a screening?
No. Guests can attempt to reserve tickets online or gain admission to theaters through the Rush Line. Credentials are non-transferable and may not be sold or reproduced under any circumstances. AFI reserves the right to revoke a badge at any time.

How much does a press pass cost?
There is no charge. You can request press accreditation up until October 5 at afifestpress.afi.com.

Where do I park?
Hollywood & Highland Parking Garage, 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Parking is $2 for up to 2 hours with restaurant or shopping validation and $2 for up to 4 hours at the TCL Chinese Multiplex with validation; $17 all-day max.

Will photos be needed for press passes?
No. However, you must present a photo ID when picking up your credentials.

When and where can I pick up my press pass?
Press passes will be available for pick up in at the AT&T Box Office located at Hollywood & Highland. The AT&T Box Office hours of operation are November 8-14, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and November 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, please visit www.afi.com/afifest.

Does a press pass include access to the American Film Market?
No. That event is handled separately by the American Film Market.

Will press have mailboxes during the festival?
No.

Where can I conduct interviews during the festival?
Accredited press members will have access to limited interview space in the Press Lounge. To request interview space, email [email protected].

How do I request interviews with filmmakers?
Contact the AFI FEST publicity office at [email protected]. We will help facilitate filmmaker interviews.

How do I request interviews with festival organizers?
Contact the AFI FEST publicity office at Johanna Calderon-Dakin, Publicity Associate, [email protected]. We will help facilitate festival organizer interviews.

How do I get images from films in the festival?
AFI FEST images, filmmaker photos and film stills will be posted online. You can visit our press materials page at: afifestpress.afi.com

For additional images of filmmakers or film stills, media should contact the filmmaker, studio, distributor or film publicist.

How can I access the press materials page?
You can visit our press materials page at: afifestpress.afi.com