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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 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES SPONSORS AND CULTURAL PARTNERS FOR 2013

FREE TICKETS TO ALL SCREENINGS AVAILABLE ONLINE AND AT THE AT&T BOX OFFICE

Limited Number of Express Passes on Sale Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Los Angeles, CA, November 4, 2013 – AFI FEST presented by Audi today announced their cultural partners and sponsors for this year's film festival which takes place November 7 through 14 at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  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 capitol of the world.

“AFI FEST would not be possible without the generous support of our cultural partners and sponsors,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Festival Director, AFI FEST.  “They enable us to put on a festival that gives our audiences free tickets to see the best in global cinema and a chance to meet the filmmakers that we bring in from all over the world; our sponsors and cultural supporters help us fly them in and host them for eight days. Our alliance with AFM gives the filmmakers that come to the festival unparalleled access to the industry.  We are particularly proud of our 10-year relationship with our presenting sponsor Audi, which is one of the longest film festival corporate sponsorships.“

This is also the 10th year of AFI FEST’s alliance with the American Film Market (AFM). This strategic festival market alliance is the only one of its kind in North America. Filmmakers and industry executives benefit from the concurrence of the two events and the dialogue, and strategic partnerships of art and commerce that it fosters. This year 40 films that are being showcased at AFI FEST will also be represented at AFM and 12 films will screen at both events. Several international sales agents such as Bac Films, Beta Cinema, Celluloid Dreams, Elle Driver, Films Distribution, Finecut, Fortissimo Films, IM Global, Match Factory, Memento, MK2, Pathe, StudioCanal and Wild Bunch will have films screening at both events.

This year’s cultural partners include the Consul General of Belgium in Los Angeles; the Consul General of France – Film & TV Office; the Consul General of Israel Los Angeles; the Consul General of Italy, the Consul General of Switzerland in Los Angeles; the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles; German Films; Hollywood Foreign Press Association; the Italian Trade Commission; Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles; the Japanese Business Association; the Japan Foundation; Luce Cinecittà; the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles; The Korean Film Council (KOFIC); Pantelion Films; The Polish Film Festival Los Angeles; Québec Delegation Los Angeles; TV5MONDE; UCLA Latin American Institute; and uniFrance Films among others.

This year’s Guest Artistic Director Agnès Varda, will be attending FEST in collaboration with the Consul General of France - Film & TV Office and TV5Monde will be co-hosting a conversation with Varda at the screening of CLEO FROM 5 TO 7(CLÉO DE 5 À 7) at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, November 9. 

Celebrating the “Year of Italian Culture in the United States,” AFI FEST, Luce Cinecittà and the Italian Trade Commission will present the Centerpiece Gala on Sunday, November 10 of Bernardo Bertolucci’s THE LAST EMPEROR (3D) that will be attended by Bertolucci, as well as the screening of Paulo Sorrentino’s THE GREAT BEAUTY, Italy’s official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission, which will culminate in the celebration of Cinema Italian Style at the Egyptian Theatre on Thursday, November 14 that both Bertolucci and Sorrentino will attend. Additionally, in partnership with Luce Cinecittà the photo exhibit “Hollywood – Roma, a unique look to Rome through the eyes of Hollywood stars,” will be on display in the lobby of the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres for the duration of the festival. The exhibit showcases photos from the archives of the legendary Cinecittà Studios in Rome, the birthplace of thousands of international and Italian feature films, including many Academy Award winners.

For the 10th year, Audi returns as the festival’s presenting sponsor.  In addition to Audi, additional sponsors include American Airlines, the official airline of AFI; AT&T; Coca Cola; The Egyptian Theatre; Hollywood & Highland Center; Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; Morgan Stanley; Motorola; National Geographic Channel; New Amsterdam Vodka; Stella Artois and TCL Chinese Theatres, among many others. 

Visitors to AFI FEST can save 10-50% at places to eat and play nearby when they show their valid TAP card, Metro employee ID or LA County employee ID to the server or cashier. More details can be found at http://www.metro.net/service/discounts/artsentertainment/afi-fest-2013/. Those taking the Metro Red Line to the Hollywood/Highland Stations can find their best route by using the Trip Planner on www.metro.net.

Media sponsors include Entertainment Weekly; The Hollywood Reporter; Los Angeles Times; Screen International and Variety.

As previously announced, the North American Premiere of SAVING MR. BANKS (DIR John Lee Hancock) is the Opening Night Gala on Thursday, November 7 and INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (DIR Ethan Coen, Joel Coen) is the Closing Night Gala on Thursday, November 14.  The previously announced Centerpiece Galas are AUGUST:  OSAGE COUNTY (DIR John Wells) on Friday, November 8, the World Premiere of OUT OF THE FURNACE (DIR Scott Cooper) on Saturday, November 9, THE LAST EMPEROR 3D (DIR Bernardo Bertolucci) on Sunday, November 10, NEBRASKA (DIR Alexander Payne) featuring a Tribute to Bruce Dern on Monday, November 11, the World Premiere of LONE SURVIVOR (DIR Peter Berg) and THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (DIR Ben Stiller) on Wednesday, November 13. 

The complete AFI FEST 2013 program includes 119 films (83 features, 36 shorts), representing 43 countries. There are 27 films directed/co-directed by women and 10 documentaries.  The breakdown by section is: Galas/Tributes (8), Special Screenings (7), American Independents (6), New Auteurs (10), World Cinema (32), Midnight (5), Breakthrough (4), Guest Artistic Director (6), Presentations (2), Cinema’s Legacy (3) and Short Films (36), and includes 15 official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submissions.

For the fifth consecutive year, AFI FEST will offer free tickets to all screenings, but only the Cinepass Express will provide priority entry to all regular screenings, as well as access to the cinema lounge. These and other AFI FEST Passes are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST

Tickets are available to the general public now through Closing Night, Thursday, November 14 - additional tickets are being released daily.  You can get tickets on-line at AFI.com/AFIFEST 24-hours a day, 7 days a week and at the AT&T Box Office located in Suite 223 at the Hollywood and Highland Center.  Patron Packages and Express Passes can only be purchased on-line.  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.

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.

About Luce Cinecittà

Established in May 2009 following the merger of Cinecittà Holding and Istituto Luce, Luce Cinecittà is the public service branch of the Italian Ministry of Culture with the aim of promoting classic and contemporary Italian cinema worldwide, providing support in the selection of Italian films at major film festivals and coordinating the participation of Italian talents attending international events. www.cinecitta.com.

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CONTACTS: 

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