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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 Announces Film Selections by Agnès Varda, Guest Artistic Director

FESTIVAL UNVEILS POSTER FEATURING ICONIC IMAGERY FROM VARDA’S CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 (CLÉO DE 5 À 7) 

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 18, 2013 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced a program of four films selected by Guest Artistic Director Agnès Varda to screen at AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi.  Varda, once a resident of Los Angeles, makes a rare return to present and discuss her work at AFI FEST.  As an additional tribute to Varda, photos from her influential French New Wave film CLEO FROM 5 to 7 (CLÉO DE 5 À 7) are featured in this year’s festival marketing and programming materials.

As Guest Artistic Director, Varda has selected films that have inspired her throughout her six-decade career:  PICKPOCKET (DIR Robert Bresson, 1959), A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE (DIR John Cassavetes, 1974), THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN (DIR Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1979) and AFTER HOURS (DIR Martin Scorsese, 1985).  In addition, the festival will be screening a selection of Varda’s films, including restored versions of CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 (CLÉO DE 5 À 7) and DOCUMENTEUR. 

“It’s always good to be chosen, but it’s funny to be chosen to choose, therefore I immediately accepted the invitation from AFI FEST to propose some films for their program,” said Agnès Varda.  “They suggested that I pick some films that have influenced me.  Alas, I can’t.  When I wrote and shot my first film in 1954, LA POINT COURTE, I had hardly seen 10 films.  My culture was books, painting and theatre.  Alain Resnais, who edited my film, was the one who told me about cinema and suggested that I go to the Cinemathèque, which I had not approached before.  If I had seen the masterpieces that I discovered later I certainly would not have dared to create a film at 26.  My ignorance gave me freedom and audacity.  For AFI FEST I chose four films that have been important in my life.  For the subjects, the style that I call cinewriting, the radical choices and specific sensibilities, among some other films, I chose THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN, one pearl of Fassbinder films, PICKPOCKET by Bresson for its singular way of interpreting the art of stealing.  As an hommage to two American directors, I chose Scorsese and Cassavetes.  From Scorsese, AFTER HOURS, a strange ephemeral nightmare beautifully treated, and from Cassavetes one of my favorite among all: WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE, a delicate and complex portrait of a woman as well as of the people around her.  Actually, to choose is always painful.”

This year’s festival artwork features iconic imagery from one of Varda’s most influential films, CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 (CLÉO DE 5 À 7), and puts a spotlight on its timeless star Corrinne Marchand, who plays Cleo.  In creating a visual dialogue for the moving image, the creative materials represent the global, iconic, independent and auteur influence that defines the festival’s program.

Varda and her daughter Rosalie Varda recently oversaw the restoration of THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (LES PARAPLUIES DE CHERBOURG), a film made by her late husband Jacques Demy.  AFI FEST will screen the film in honor of its 50th anniversary and restoration. 

Varda, often called the “Mother of the French New Wave,” has directed over 30 films, including the César winning documentary THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS (LES PLAGES D’ AGNÈS), VAGABOND (SANS TOIT NI LOI), which was awarded the Golden Lion, JACQUOT (JACQUOT DE NANTES) and THE GLEANERS AND I (LES GLANEURS ET LA GLANEUSE).

Varda’s grandson, Valentin Vignet, graduated from AFI Conservatory in 2010.

Varda joins an impressive list of Guest Artistic Directors at AFI FEST that includes Bernardo Bertolucci, Pedro Almodóvar and David Lynch, an alumnus of the AFI Conservatory.

Leading up to the festival, which takes place November 7 through 14 in Hollywood, CA, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will be presenting “Agnès Varda in Californialand” from November 3, 2013 – June 22, 2014, the first U.S. museum presentation of her artwork.  This exhibition coincides with LACMA’s efforts, with the support of the Annenberg Foundation and The Film Foundation, to restore four films made by Varda in California:  BLACK PANTHERS, LIONS LOVE (…AND LIES), MUR MURS and UNCLE YANCO.  “Agnès Varda in Californialand” is accompanied by an extensive film series organized by LACMA.  The exhibition is part of LACMA’s Art+Film initiative, a large-scale effort to consider the place of film within a museum context.

For the fifth consecutive year, AFI FEST will offer free tickets to all screenings.  Moviegoers may register online to receive a time slot to select free tickets to AFI screenings before the festival begins.  Online registration opens on Tuesday, October 8 and closes on Friday, October 18.  Festival passes are on sale now and provide priority access to galas, high-demand films and events.  AFI members at the Two Star level and above receive a 10% discount on all 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. 

About Agnès Varda
Varda has often been called both the mother and the grandmother of the French New Wave movement.  Trained as a visual artist and without any formal cinematic training, she created her current film production company Cine-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 CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 in 1962, which brought her much acclaim.  Over the years Varda continued to be a force in art cinema.

Varda has directed over 30 films and received many accolades including the César Award for best documentary for THE BEACHES OF AGNES (LES PLAGES D’AGNES) 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 Pictures Arts and Sciences.

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.



CONTACTS:
Shari Mesulam, AFI FEST, 323.856.7896 or festpublicity@AFI.com

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