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AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi ANNOUNCESCONVERSATIONS WITH STEVE McQUEEN, ANNETTE BENING AND YOUNG HOLLYWOOD

OVER 100 ARTISTS FROM 23 COUNTRIES TO ATTEND

FREE TICKETS TO ALL SCREENINGS AVAILABLE AT THE BOX OFFICE NOV. 2

LOS ANGELES, CA, October 29, 2013 – AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, today announced the Conversations programs and some of the artists who are expected to attend this year’s festival. AFI FEST, which redefines today’s Hollywood as a place where icons and emerging artists bring audiences together to experience global cinema in the movie capital of the world, will take place November 7 through 14 at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

CONVERSATIONS

LOS ANGELES TIMES YOUNG HOLLYWOOD ROUNDTABLE in association with EPIX.

Some of the year's hottest rising stars will engage in a lively discussion with The Times' Amy Kaufman on their life in the industry and being thrust into the limelight. This year’s panelists include Dane DeHaan (THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, KILL YOUR DARLINGS), Greta Gerwig (FRANCES HA) Michael B. Jordan (FRUITVALE STATION), Brie Larson (SHORT TERM 12) and Miles Teller (THE SPECTACULAR NOW).
Friday, November 8, 7:30 P.M., Chinese 6

ON DIRECTING:  A CONVERSATION WITH STEVE McQUEEN

Acclaimed British artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen in conversation about directing his latest film, 12 YEARS A SLAVE.  In 2008 McQueen’s critically acclaimed first feature, HUNGER (AFI FEST 2009), won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.  He followed with 2011’s provocative SHAME (AFI FEST 2011).  12 YEARS A SLAVE is based on the incredible true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man abducted into slavery.
Sunday, November 10, 7:00 P.M., TCL Chinese Theatre

​SPOTLIGHT ON ANNETTE BENING

A conversation with Academy Award® nominee Annette Bening, highlighting her illustrious career including her upcoming role in Arie Posin’s THE FACE OF LOVE.  Posen will talk with Bening about their collaboration, as well as her previous roles including THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (2010), MOTHER AND CHILD (2010), THE WOMEN (2008), RUNNING WITH SCISSORS (2006), BEING JULIA (2004), AMERICAN BEAUTY (1999), THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT (1995), LOVE AFFAIR (1994), BUGSY (1991) and THE GRIFTERS (1990).
Tuesday, November 12, 5:00 P.M., Egyptian Theatre

FESTIVAL GUESTS:

In addition to Guest Artistic Director Agnès Varda and Bernardo Bertolucci, who was Guest Artistic Director in 2012, several festival filmmakers are expected to attend AFI FEST, including Ben Russell (A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS), Yuval Adler (BETHLEHEM), Aharon Keshales (BIG BAD WOLVES), Navot Papushado (BIG BAD WOLVES), Jeremy Saulnier (BLUE RUIN), Drake Doremus (BREATHE IN), Dean Fleischer-Camp (CATHERINE), Călin Peter Netzer (CHILD'S POSE), Rick Rosenthal (DRONES), Joanna Hogg (EXHIBITION), Yeon Sang-ho (THE FAKE), Louise Archambault (GABRIELLE), Sebastián Lelio (GLORIA), Paulo Sorrentino (THE GREAT BEAUTY), Eli Roth (THE GREEN INFERNO), Emir Baigazin (HARMONY LESSONS), Amat Escalate (HELI), Kang Yi-kwan (JUVENILE OFFENDER), Hirokazu Kore-eda (LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON), Rithy Panh (THE MISSING PICTURE), Katrin Gebbe (NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN), Hany Abu-Assad (OMAR), Ezequiel Radusky (THE OWNERS), Agustín Toscano (THE OWNERS), Asghar Farhadi (THE PAST), Ti West (THE SACRAMENT), and Clio Barnard (THE SELFISH GIANT) among others.  Additional guests, including Galas and Special Screenings talent will be announced the week of November 4.

For the fifth consecutive year, AFI FEST will offer free tickets to all screenings. Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and galas will be available to the general public online and at the AFI FEST AT&T Box Office at The Hollywood & Highland Center starting on November 2.

AFI FEST Express Passes and Patron Packages are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST. 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; The American Film Market (AFM); AT&T; Coca Cola; The Egyptian Theatre; Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; National Geographic Channel; Stella Artois and TCL Chinese Theatre, among many others.

Film stills are available for press use only and can be downloaded at: http://afifestpress.afi.com

About the American Film Institute
AFI is America’s promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers.
AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film – now in its 42nd year; AFI Awards, honoring the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year; AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI Fest presented by Audi, AFI Docs presented by Audi and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world renowned AFI Conservatory, recognized for the quality of its instructors and speakers and its notable alumni. For more information about AFI, visit AFI.com or connect with AFI at twitter.com/AmericanFilm, facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute and youtube.com/AFI.

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.

About Audi
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was a top-performing luxury brand in Europe during 2012, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S. Through 2016, AUDI AG will invest about $17 billion on new products and technologies. Visit audiusa.com or audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues. 

About the American Film Market
The business of independent motion picture production and distribution reaches its peak every year at the American Film Market. The global film industry converges in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making on films in every stage of development and production, as well as screenings, conferences, networking and parties.

With 8,000 industry leaders from more than 70 countries, 700 screenings and the industry’s largest Conference Series, AFM is the pivotal destination for independent filmmakers, directors, distributors, financiers, industry executives, producers, talent, writers, the international media and all those who provide services to the worldwide motion picture industry.

The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance®, the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television industry. Visit www.IFTA-online.org for more.

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CONTACTS: 

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