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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 Those taking the Metro Red Line to the Hollywood/Highland Stations can find their best route by using the Trip Planner on

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

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 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

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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

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 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 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.

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Shari Mesulam, AFI FEST, 323.856.7896 or [email protected]