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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.

2014 press

  • AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES JURY AND AUDIENCE AWARD-WINNING FILMS

    Encore Screenings of Selected Award-Winning Filmsat the Chinese 6 Theatres TodayLOS ANGELES, CA, November 13, 2014 – AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi today announced this year’s Jury and Audience Awards for features and short films included in the festivals New Auteur and Shorts programs.  The New Auteurs section highlights first and second-time feature film directors and the Shorts selections represent diverse and varied international perspectives.  Grand Jury Awards were presented to SELF MADE (BOREG), which received the New Auteurs Critics’ Award, and to THE TRIBE (PLEMYA), which received the VIZIO Visionary Special Jury Award.  BUFFALO JUGGALOS by Scott Cummings received the Live Action Short Award, and YEARBOOK by Bernardo Britto received the Animated Short Award.  Special Jury Award winners went to GÜEROS and VIOLET.

  • AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES CLINT EASTWOOD’S AMERICAN SNIPER AS THE SECRET SCREENING ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, November 10, 2014 – AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, announced today that Clint Eastwood’s AMERICAN SNIPER will be the Secret Screening tomorrow at 9:00 p.m.

  • PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON IN CONVERSATION FOLLOWING A PRESENTATION OF MONDO HOLLYWOOD at AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi

    OVER 100 ARTISTS FROM 22 COUNTRIES TO ATTENDFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, November 5, 2014 – AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, announced today that Paul Thomas Anderson will present the 1967 documentary MONDO HOLLYWOOD (DIR Robert Carl Cohen), a film which influenced his upcoming feature, INHERENT VICE, on the afternoon of Saturday, November 8 at the Egyptian Theatre.   Following the screening Anderson will be in conversation with Cohen.Over 100 artists from 22 countries are expected to attend this year’s festival.Logan Lerman, Jena Malone and Jenny Slate will be a part of the Los Angeles Times’ Young Hollywood Roundtable on Friday, November 7 at the TCL Chinese Theatres.  J.C.

  • AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES SPONSORS AND CULTURAL PARTNERS

    Free Tickets to all Screenings Available Online and at the AT&T Box OfficeLimited Number of Express Passes Still AvailableFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, November 4, 2014 – AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, announced their cultural partners and sponsors for this year’s festival which will take place November 6 through 13 in Hollywood, CA, at the Dolby Theatre®, the TCL Chinese Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.For the eleventh year, Audi is the festival’s presenting sponsor.  Additional top sponsors include AT&T, Coca-Cola, VIZIO, American Airlines (the official airline of AFI), Dunkin’ Donuts, Netflix, Stella Artois, Dolby Laboratories and Technicolor.  The festival’s venue sponsors include the Dolby Theatre®, TCL Chinese Theatres, the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the Egyptian Theatre.New sponsor VIZIO will add an official venue to the festival, the VIZIO Ultra HD Lounge, located in the Roosevelt Hotel.  The lounge is open to passholders and will play host to a variety of filmmaker panels, conversations, industry meetings and special events.

  • AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES FIRST LOOK AT SELMA 

    STAR DAVID OYELOWO, DIRECTOR AVA DUVERNAY, AND PRODUCERS OPRAH WINFREY, DEDE GARDNER AND JEREMY KLEINER TO PARTICIPATE IN CONVERSATION.

  • AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE STATE OF THE ART - INNOVATION, STORYTELLING AND TECHNOLOGY 

    Patron Packages and Cinepass Express Passes Now Available ​for Priority SeatingFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, October xx, 2014 – AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, today announced an inaugural technology showcase, STATE OF THE ART – INNOVATION, STORYTELLING AND TECHNOLOGY, with curated and sponsored discussions.  AFI FEST will take place November 6 through 13 in Hollywood, CA, at the Dolby Theatre®, the TCL Chinese Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, with the technology showcase running Monday, November 10 through Wednesday, November 12.“Dolby, the festival’s newest partner, enables us to bring our audiences and filmmakers an extraordinary movie-going experience in a world-class venue and provides the festival with a theater where we can launch this engaging forum on technology and storytelling,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST.

  • AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES WORLD CINEMA, BREAKTHOUGH, MIDNIGHT AND CINEMA’S LEGACY SECTIONS

    Patron Packages and Cinepass Express Passes Now Available for Priority SeatingAFI FEST Mobile App Available to Download FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, October 22, 2014 – AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, announced today the remaining films that will screen in the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight, and Cinema’s Legacy programs.  AFI FEST will take place November 6 through 13 in Hollywood, CA, at the Dolby Theatre®, the TCL Chinese Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.World Cinema showcases the most acclaimed international films of the year, Breakthrough highlights true discoveries of the programming process, Midnight’s selections will grip the audience with terror and laughter and Cinema’s Legacy highlights recent restorations of classic films and films about the history of cinema.

  • TOMMY LEE JONES’ THE HOMESMAN RIDES HIGH AT AFI FEST presented by Audi 

    SPECIAL SCREENINGS AND CONVERSATIONS ALSO ADDEDPriority and Reserved Seating Available with Patron Packages and Cinepass Express PassesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, October 20, 2014 – The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced an additional Centerpiece Gala, eight Special Screenings and the Conversations for AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi.  This year’s Galas include two World Premieres; the Special Screenings section includes three official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submissions and the Conversations include an Indie Contender’s Roundtable and a Young Hollywood Roundtable.THE HOMESMAN, directed by and starring Academy Award® winner Tommy Lee Jones, will be the Centerpiece Gala on Tuesday, November 11 at the Dolby Theatre®.AFI FEST’s Special Screenings are CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (DIR Olivier Assayas); MERCHANTS OF DOUBT (DIR Robert Kenner); MOMMY (DIR Xavier Dolan); MR.

  • AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES BOLD NEW AUTEURS, SHORTS AND AMERICAN INDEPENDENT TITLES

    Express Passes for all Regular Screenings on Sale NowFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, October 16, 2014 – AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, announced today the films that will be featured in the New Auteurs, Shorts and American Independents sections at this year’s festival.The New Auteurs and Shorts sections both showcase filmmakers from around the world; the New Auteurs section highlights first and second-time feature film directors and the Shorts selections representing diverse and varied international perspectives.

  • INHERENT VICE ADDED TO STELLAR LINEUP AT AFI FEST presented by Audi

    Centerpiece Gala at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, November 8Patron Packages on Sale NowFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, October 15, 2014 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that Warner Bros.

  • THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE GAMBLER TO PLAY AFI FEST presented by Audi

    Red Carpet Gala to take place at the Dolby Theatre on Monday, November 10Patron Packages on Sale NowFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, October 13, 2014 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that Paramount Pictures’ THE GAMBLER will have its World Premiere on Monday, November 10, 2014 at AFI FEST presented by Audi.

  • FOXCATCHER TO CLOSE AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi

    Closing Night Gala on Thursday, November 13Red Carpet Galas to take place at AFI FEST’s newest venue, the Dolby TheatrePatron Packages on Sale NowFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, October 6, 2014 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that Sony Pictures Classics’ FOXCATCHER – directed by Academy Award® nominee Bennett Miller and starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Academy Award® nominee Mark Ruffalo, Academy Award® winner Vanessa Redgrave and Sienna Miller – will be the Closing Night Gala of AFI FEST presented by Audi on Thursday, November 13 at the Dolby Theatre®.”Bennett Miller and the film’s incredible cast are going to close the festival and our last night at the iconic Dolby Theatre with an enthralling psychological drama that is one of the highlights of American independent filmmaking this year,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST.To attend the Closing Night Gala of FOXCATCHER with reserved seats, guests must purchase a festival package at the Star Patron or Marquee Patron levels.  These and other AFI FEST Patron Packages and Passes – that can include access to sold-out galas and other high-demand films and events – 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.  AFI Members will be given access to regular screenings with a Cinepass for this year’s festival.  Information about AFI Membership is available at AFI.com/membership.  The American Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization, and Patron Packages are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and galas will be available to the general public online at AFI.com beginning Friday, October 24.The Dolby Theatre, home of the Academy Awards®, will be the festival’s newest venue for red carpet galas from November 10-13.  The Dolby Theatre, an iconic Hollywood landmark, provides filmmakers an impressive platform to showcase their work with the very best in audio and imaging capabilities.

  • WORLD PREMIERE OF A MOST VIOLENT YEAR OPENS AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi

    Opening Night Gala on Thursday, November 6, at the Historic TCL Chinese TheatrePatron Packages on Sale NowFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, September 24, 2014 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that A24’s A MOST VIOLENT YEAR will have its World Premiere on Thursday, November 6, as the Opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi.  The film is written and directed by Academy Award® nominee J.C.

  • AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO SOPHIA LOREN

    FESTIVAL POSTER HONORS LOREN WITH ICONIC IMAGE.

  • AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi Announces Dates and Call For Entries

    The American Film Institute’s 28th Annual Celebration of Global Cinema in Hollywood Continues Unprecedented Offer of Free Tickets to All Screenings Still the Only Festival in North Americawith a Market Partner (American Film Market)LOS ANGELES, CA, March 12, 2014 – AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi officially announced its dates and call for entries today.