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  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDIAUDIENCE AND JURY AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

    Audience Awards Given inWorld Cinema, New Auteurs and American Independents SectionsJury Award Winners Eligible for Short Film Oscar® CategoriesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — November 17, 2017 — LOS ANGELES, CA — The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the films that received the Audience and Jury awards at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi."As the 31st edition of AFI FEST comes to a close, this year's awards shine a light on the American independent, auteur and foreign cinema that resonated with our audiences and jurors," said Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI FEST Director.  "Audience awards help bring film lovers together, while building momentum for the filmmakers in this year's festival."Audience Award – World CinemaTHE INSULT (DIR Ziad Doueiri)Lebanon's official Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission, this engrossing and unforgettable tale of modern life in the Middle East is a razor-sharp look at a country's long-simmering resentments toward Palestinian refugees, and its traumatized civil war wounds.Audience Award – New AuteursWHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY (DIR Iram Haq)Iram Haq's sophomore feature is a powerful story of a young woman growing up between two cultures, with no control over her life choices, who must carve out her own path despite a significant culture clash.Audience Award – American IndependentsBODIED (DIR Joseph Kahn)Whether it's sci-fi, satire, or race relations, Joseph Kahn's auteur style defies anticipations.

  • MOLLY'S GAME TO CLOSE AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDIWITH GALA SCREENING AND TRIBUTE

    AFI FEST Tribute to Director Aaron Sorkin to Precede Screeningon Closing Night, Thursday, November 16 VIZIO Is Gala Sponsor for Closing Night FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — November 12, 2017, Los Angeles, CA — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that Academy Award® and Emmy®-winning writer/director Aaron Sorkin will be honored by AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi with a Tribute and Premiere Closing Night Gala screening of STXfilms and The Mark Gordon Company's MOLLY'S GAME on Thursday, November 16, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES DAN GILROY'S ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. AS SPECIAL SCREENING ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15

    AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCESDAN GILROY'S ROMAN J.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI TECH SHOWCASE ANNOUNCED

     AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDITECH SHOWCASEANNOUNCEDFeaturing Innovative Animation, Virtual Reality and Cinema TechnologyFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — LOS ANGELES, CA, November 7, 2017 — The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the Tech Showcase lineup for AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi.  The Tech Showcase will include a selection of 360-degree, virtual reality, augmented reality and immersive short film experiences representing a cross-section of what's currently possible in this new cinematic medium.  The Showcase will be on display November 11–14 at The Hollywood Roosevelt, in the Academy Room and Johnny Grant Suite.Audi, VIZIO, Dolby and HTC Viveport are sponsors of this year's Tech Showcase.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI PRESENTATIONS AND CONVERSATIONS ANNOUNCED

    AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDIPRESENTATIONS AND CONVERSATIONSANNOUNCEDChristopher Nolan to Discuss His Acclaimed Film DUNKIRK,Agnès Varda to Discuss New Doc FACES PLACESSofia Coppola, Salma Hayek, Patty Jenkins, Angelina Jolie,Martin McDonagh, Jordan Peele, Andy SerkisAmong Other Artists to Be Celebrated at the FestivalFOR IMMMEDIATE RELEASE — November 1, 2017 — LOS ANGELES, CA — The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the Presentations and Conversations lineups for AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi.  Events include a conversation on directing with Christopher Nolan; a conversation with filmmaker Agnès Varda; a roundtable of documentary filmmakers presented by the Los Angeles Times; The Hollywood Reporter's Indie Contenders Roundtable with eight standout artists; an in-depth conversation with director Patty Jenkins; a conversation on storytelling with Angelina Jolie and Loung Ung; and a conversation with Martin McDonagh and Sam Rockwell about THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, presented by Variety.The complete AFI FEST program includes 137 films (93 features, 44 shorts), representing 53 countries, including 40 films directed/co-directed by women, 19 documentaries and 14 animated short films.  The breakdown by section is: Galas/Tributes (6), Special Screenings (7), American Independents (11), New Auteurs (11), World Cinema (30), Midnight (3), Cinema's Legacy (9), Retrospective (12), Youth and Family (2) and Short Films (44).  This year's program includes 14 official Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® submissions, and 25 films featuring 76 AFI alumni.PRESENTATIONSCINEMATIC STORYTELLING: A CONVERSATION WITH CHRISTOPHER NOLANDirector/writer/producer Christopher Nolan discusses his latest film, DUNKIRK, centering on the British maneuvers from the land, sea and air as the military and civilians attempt to save 400,000 soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, France, during World War II.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI WORLD CINEMA, MIDNIGHT AND YOUTH AND FAMILY LINEUPS ANNOUNCED

    AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDIWORLD CINEMA, MIDNIGHT AND YOUTH AND FAMILYLINEUPS ANNOUNCED13 Foreign Oscar® Submissions Featured in World Cinema LineupFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — October 25, 2017, Los Angeles, CA — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will be featured in the World Cinema, Midnight and Youth and Family sections at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi.The World Cinema section showcases the most celebrated international films of the year and features 30 films from 39 countries.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI SPECIAL SCREENINGS, CINEMA'S LEGACY AND SHORTS LINEUPS ANNOUNCED

    AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDISPECIAL SCREENINGS, CINEMA'S LEGACY AND SHORTSLINEUPS ANNOUNCEDLOS ANGELES, CA, October 23, 2017 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will play in the Special Screenings, Cinema's Legacy and Shorts sections at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi. This year's Special Screenings section offers an array of engaging stories and intimate portraits of riveting individuals: FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (DIR Paul McGuigan); I, TONYA (DIR Craig Gillespie); JIM & ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND – FEATURING A VERY SPECIAL, CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED MENTION OF TONY CLIFTON (DIR Chris Smith); THE LEISURE SEEKER (DIR Paolo Virzì); MOLLY'S GAME (DIR Aaron Sorkin); SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I'VE GOTTA BE ME (DIR Sam Pollard); and THE SHAPE OF WATER (DIR Guillermo del Toro).Cinema's Legacy is AFI FEST's celebration of motion picture history, and a special opportunity to screen recent restorations of classic films.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI CENTERPIECES GALAS AND TRIBUTE ANNOUNCED

       AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDICENTERPIECES GALAS AND TRIBUTEANNOUNCEDCALL ME BY YOUR NAME, THE DISASTER ARTIST and HOSTILESto Be Celebrated as Centerpiece GalasLegendary Filmmaker Errol Morris to Be HonoredWith Tribute and Screening of WORMWOODPatron Packages on Sale Now Ensure Reserved Seating at Galas and TributeFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — LOS ANGELES, CA, October 20, 2017 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the three Centerpiece Galas and Tribute that will take place at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi.  The Centerpiece Galas are: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (DIR Luca Guadagnino) on Friday, November 10; THE DISASTER ARTIST (DIR James Franco) on Sunday, November 12; and HOSTILES (DIR Scott Cooper) on Tuesday, November 14.

  • 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.

AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES SAVING MR. BANKS IS OPENING NIGHT GALAWORLD PREMIERE OF FOXCATCHER OPENS WEEKEND

AGNÈS VARDA WILL SERVE AS GUEST ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Passes on Sale Now for AFI FEST November 7-14

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 4, 2013 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today early details of its AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi.  The programming unveiled epitomizes the vision of the festival – a celebration of Hollywood today where icons and emerging artists bring audiences together to experience global cinema in the movie capital of the world.  The North American Premiere Gala of Disney’s SAVING MR. BANKS will open the festival on Thursday, November 7.  The World Premiere Opening Weekend Gala of Sony Picture Classics’ FOXCATCHER on Friday, November 8 will launch a slate of independent and auteur films that will unspool over the course of the festival.  Agnès Varda, considered “the Mother of French New Wave cinema,” will serve as Guest Artistic Director. 

“The American Film Institute honors the past, the present and the future of the motion picture arts.  Now in its 27th year, AFI FEST remains the place to experience Hollywood now – a place that lives in the mythology of the movies, but also the dynamic global stories of today,” said AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale.

“Our line-up of programming, from opening to closing, reflects what Hollywood is today:  a broad spectrum of stories from studio and independent filmmakers, and having Agnès Varda as Guest Artistic Director was a conscious decision to recognize the global influence of an icon of the French New Wave,” said Festival Director Jacqueline Lyanga.  “The blending of studio, independent, foreign and auteur films and the artists who made them is the embodiment of AFI FEST.”

SAVING MR. BANKS, starring Academy Award®-winning actress Emma Thompson, and AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award®-winning actor Tom Hanks, will have its North American Premiere on Thursday, November 7, as the Opening Night Gala.  Inspired by true events, SAVING MR. BANKS is the extraordinary, untold story of how Walt Disney’s classic MARY POPPINS made it to the screen – and the testy relationship between the legendary Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it.  John Lee Hancock (THE BLIND SIDE) is the director, and Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith wrote the screenplay.  SAVING MR. BANKS also stars Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker and Colin Farrell. 

MARY POPPINS premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in 1964 with both Walt Disney and P.L. Travers in attendance.  The film was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture and garnered 12 more Oscar® nominations.  Out of the 13 nominations, MARY POPPINS won five, including Best Actress for its star, Julie Andrews.  The song “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest movie songs of all time.  MARY POPPINS is ranked among the top ten of AFI’s Greatest Movie Musicals.  Bridging the present and the past, AFI FEST celebrates SAVING MR. BANKS and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Disney classic with a screening of MARY POPPINS during the festival’s opening weekend at the renowned movie palace where it first debuted to the world.

FOXCATCHER, a psychological drama directed by Academy Award® nominee Bennett Miller (MONEYBALL) and starring Golden Globe® winner Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Academy Award® nominee Mark Ruffalo, Academy Award® winner Vanessa Redgrave and Sienna Miller, will have its World Premiere on Friday, November 8 as the Opening Weekend Gala.  The film was written by E. Max Frye and Academy Award® nominee Dan Futterman.  FOXCATCHER tells the story of Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Tatum), who sees a way out from the shadow of his more celebrated wrestling brother Dave (Ruffalo) and a life of poverty when he is summoned by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont (Carell) to move onto his estate and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.  Desperate to gain the respect of his disapproving mother, du Pont begins “coaching” a world-class athletic team and, in the process, lures Mark into dangerous habits, breaks his confidence and drives him into a self-destructive spiral.  Based on actual events, FOXCATCHER is a gripping and profoundly American story of fragile men who pin their hopes for love and redemption on a desperate obsession for greatness that was to end in tragedy.

As AFI FEST Guest Artistic Director, Agnès Varda, often called the mother of the French New Wave movement, will present a program of films that have inspired her work.  Details will be announced in later this month.

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, written and directed by Academy Award® winners Joel and Ethan Coen (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN), was produced by Scott Rudin and Joel and Ethan Coen and will be the Closing Night Gala on Thursday, November 14.  The film stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake and follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.  Llewyn Davis (Isaac) is at a crossroads.  Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles ­ some of them of his own making.  Brimming with music performed by Isaac, Timberlake and Mulligan (as Llewyn’s married Village friends), as well as Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS – in the tradition of O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? – is infused with the transportive sound of another time and place.  An epic on an intimate scale, it represents the Coen Brothers’ fourth collaboration with multiple-Grammy and Academy Award®-winning music producer T Bone Burnett.  Marcus Mumford is associate music producer.  INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS recently won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival.  The film will be distributed by CBS Films in the U.S.

Festival passes are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST.  For the fifth consecutive year, AFI FEST will continue its unprecedented offer of free tickets to all screenings, but only the Star Patron Package and Marquee Patron Package will provide reserved seating at today’s three announced galas – Opening Night, Opening Weekend and Closing Night.  These and other AFI FEST Patron Packages and Passes – which can include access to sold-out galas and other high-demand films and events – are available now.

Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and galas will be available to AFI members on Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29 in a 48-hour advance window before they become available to the general public on Wednesday, October 30 and Thursday, October 31.  In addition, AFI members at the Two-Star level and above receive a 10% discount on all AFI FEST Patron Packages and Passes.  Information about AFI Membership is available at AFI.com/membership.

For the 10th year, Audi returns as the festival’s presenting sponsor.  Additional sponsors include American Airlines, the official airline of AFI; AT&T; The American Film Market (AFM); Coca-Cola; The Egyptian Theatre; Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; Stella Artois; and TCL Chinese Theatre, among many others.

About Agnès Varda
Agnès Varda is often called both the mother and the grandmother of the French New Wave movement.  Trained as an artist yet without any formal cinematic training, she created her film production company Ciné-Tamaris in 1954 to write and direct her first feature film, LA POINTE COURTE, which is often considered the unofficial first New Wave film.  After releasing several documentaries, she released the influential nouvelle vague film CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 (CLÉO DE 5 À 7) in 1962 that brought her much acclaim.  Over the years, Varda continued to be a force in art cinema, directing over 30 films and receiving many accolades, including the César Award for best documentary for THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS (LES PLAGES D’AGNÈS) and the Golden Lion for VAGABOND (SANS TOIT NI LOI).  In 2003, Varda went back to her artistic roots and has been focusing on the visual arts, including installations, videos and photography.  In 2013 she became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

About Audi 
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About AFI FEST presented by Audi
A program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST presented by Audi is a celebration of global cinema and today’s Hollywood – a showcase for the best festival films of the year and an opportunity for master filmmakers and emerging artists to come together with audiences in the movie capital of the world.  AFI FEST is the only festival of its stature that is free to the public.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for both Short Film categories for the annual Academy Awards®.  This year’s edition takes place November 7-14, 2013.

Additional information about AFI FEST is available at AFI.com/AFIFEST.  Connect with AFI FEST at facebook.com/AFIFEST, twitter.com/AFIFEST and youtube.com/AFIFEST.


CONTACTS: 

Ashley Tecson, AFI FEST, 323.856.7709 or festpublicity@AFI.com