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LOS ANGELES, CA, October 31, 2013 – AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, today announced a Special Tribute to David O. Russell on Friday, November 8. AFI FEST 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.

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. The American Film Institute honors excellence in film artistry annually through AFI FEST, which brings icons, emerging artists and audiences together to experience global cinema in the movie capital of the world.



A conversation with award-winning director David O. Russell, celebrating his acclaimed work and new film AMERICAN HUSTLE. The tribute presentation will feature scenes from Russell’s body of work, including AMERICAN HUSTLE. Russell’s last two films, the box office sensation SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012) and THE FIGHTER (2010), together garnered a total of 15 Academy Award® nominations including seven acting nominations. Russell’s prior films include I HEART HUCKABEES (2004), THREE KINGS (1999), FLIRTING WITH DISASTER (1996) and SPANKING THE MONKEY (1994).

Friday, November 8, 9:00 P.M., Egyptian Theatre

AFI FEST Express Passes and Patron Packages are on sale now at 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

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

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About David O. Russell

Three-time Academy-Award® nominee David O. Russell’s AMERICAN HUSTLE, which he also co-wrote, reunites the director with four actors that he has directed to an Academy Award® nomination or win:  Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. The film, also starring Jeremy Renner, opens theatrically on December 13, 2013.

Russell wrote and directed SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012), a box office sensation that earned eight Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and acting nominations in all four categories – Best Actor for Bradley Cooper, Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, Best Supporting Actor for Robert DeNiro and Best Supporting Actress for Jackie Weaver.  Lawrence took home the Oscar®.

Previously, Russell directed THE FIGHTER (2010), which earned seven Oscar® nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Christian Bale and two Best Supporting Actress nods for Melissa Leo and Amy Adams and Oscar® wins for Bale and Leo. Prior films include I HEART HUCKABEES (2004), THREE KINGS (1999), FLIRTING WITH DISASTER (1996) and SPANKING THE MONKEY (1994).

Russell is a longtime board member of the Ghetto Film School, an organization that supports the growth and education of young black and Latino filmmakers in the South Bronx.

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 or for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues. 

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 or connect with AFI at, and

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 Connect with AFI FEST at, and

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Ashley Tecson, AFI FEST, 323.856.7709 or [email protected]