Press Releases

  • ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD TO CLOSE AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI WITH WORLD PREMIERE GALA SCREENING AND TRIBUTE

    ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLDTO CLOSE AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDIWITH WORLD PREMIERE GALA SCREENING AND TRIBUTEAFI FEST Tribute to Director Ridley Scott to Precede Screeningon Closing Night, Thursday, November 16VIZIO Is Gala Sponsor for Closing NightPatron Packages to Ensure Closing Night Seating Available Now at AFI.comFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — October 19, 2017, Los Angeles, CA — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that Academy Award®-nominated director and producer Ridley Scott will be honored by AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi with a Tribute and World Premiere Closing Night Gala screening of TriStar Pictures' ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD on Thursday, November 16, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre.  The Tribute will celebrate Scott's legendary filmmaking career with a moderated discussion of his work followed by the World Premiere screening.  Directed by Scott, ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD stars Academy Award® nominees Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams, and Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey.

  • NEW AUTEURS AND AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS LINEUPS ANNOUNCED

      AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDINEW AUTEURS AND AMERICAN INDEPENDENTSLINEUPS ANNOUNCEDPatron Packages and Express Passes On Sale NowFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — LOS ANGELES, CA, October 16, 2017 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will be featured in the New Auteurs and American Independents sections at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi. Highlighting first- and second-time 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 11 films, nine of which come from female directors.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 11 films from both fresh new voices and filmmakers returning to AFI FEST."The New Auteurs and American Independents programming speaks to a singular mandate of AFI FEST: ensuring that emerging filmmakers from around the globe have a world-class venue to present their stories to an eager audience," said Lane Kneedler, AFI FEST Director of Programming.

  • MUDBOUND TO OPEN AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9

    MUDBOUND TO OPEN AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES NEW EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AT THE FESTIVAL

    ROBERT ALTMAN RETROSPECTIVEIN-CLASS STORYTELLING BOOTCAMP WITH LAUSD ADDED AUDI RETURNS FOR 14TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR ASEXCLUSIVE PRESENTING SPONSORFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — September 13, 2017, Los Angeles, CA — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) has announced an inaugural, annual retrospective to spotlight one filmmaker of global significance, in addition to new educational experiences as part of AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi, running November 9–16, 2017, in Hollywood, CA.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL DATES AND CALL FOR ENTRIES 

    31st Edition of AFI FEST to Be Held November 9–16 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — LOS ANGELES, CA, March 2, 2017 — AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi has officially announced its dates and call for entries.

Press FAQs

What does my AFI FEST 2017 Press Pass allow access to?
Your press pass provides the following privileges, subject to capacity restrictions:

  • Admission to regular screenings, Special Screenings, Conversations and Presentations, including the Tech Showcase, subject to seating availability.
  • Access for one (1) to the Press Lounge located on the Lobby Level of The Hollywood Roosevelt.
  • Access for one (1) to the Cinema Lounge at The Hollywood Roosevelt, on a space-available basis (excluding Gala after parties and private receptions).
  • This pass does NOT grant access to Galas.

Passholders must be seated in the theaters 15 minutes prior to the screening’s scheduled start time. After this time, any remaining seats will be released to the rush line.

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 festpublicity@AFI.com by November 1.

How can I watch a Gala?
All press that wish to attend a Gala screening must be approved, separate from the red carpet approvals. Please specify the Galas you wish to attend. Tickets are limited supply and are for media only. No plus-ones. To request Gala tickets, email festpublicity@AFI.com by October 27.

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 6 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; $15 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 the AFI FEST 2017 Festival Center. Center hours are 9:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., beginning November 9 through the duration of the festival.

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 festpublicity@AFI.com.

How do I request interviews with filmmakers?

Contact the AFI FEST publicity office at festpublicity@AFI.com. We will help facilitate filmmaker interviews and provide the film publicist contact.

How do I request interviews with festival organizers?

Contact: Gayle Khait, Publicity Associate 323.856.7614 gkhait@AFI.com

How do I get images from films in the festival?

AFI FEST 2017 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.

AFI FEST 2017 will also be hosting advanced press screenings of select films in the weeks prior to the Fest.

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