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AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES SPONSORS AND CULTURAL PARTNERS

Free Tickets to all Screenings Available Online and at the AT&T Box Office

Limited Number of Express Passes Still Available

FOR 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. VIZIO’s brand new P-Series Ultra HD televisions will be on display in the lounge.

AT&T has once again created the AT&T Box Office located at the Hollywood & Highland Center.  AT&T U-verse will also host an exclusive AFI FEST app that showcases festival highlights, the full schedule of films and red carpet photos.

AFI FEST and the American Film Market (AFM) form a strategic alliance for the eleventh year, the only one of its kind in North America.  Filmmakers and industry executives benefit from the concurrence of the two events creating opportunities for impactful partnerships of art and commerce.  This year, 30 films which will be showcased at AFI FEST will also be represented at AFM and10 films will screen at both events.  Several international sales agents including EuropaCorp, Film Factory, Films Distribution, Mongrel International, Protagonist Pictures and WestEnd will have films screening at both events.

The American Film Institute is grateful to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, both of which have provided generous support to the World Cinema program at AFI FEST. Additionally, SAG-AFTRA and SAGIndie return as supporters of the festival.

This year’s cultural partners include AMEXCID, China Onscreen Biennial, the Consulate General of Belgium in Los Angeles; the Consulate General of France – Film & TV Office; the Consulate General of Israel; the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles, the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, the Consulate General of Switzerland; Flanders Image; Isituto Italiano di Cultura; Italian Trade Agency; Japan Foundation Los Angeles, Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles, Korean Film Council, Luce Cinecittà; Québec Government Office in Los Angeles; TELEFILM Canada, TV5MONDE, UCLA Latin America, uniFrance Films; University of Guadalajara Foundation, and Wallonie-Bruxelles Images.

AFI FEST and Luce Cinecittà will present the World Premiere of the digitally restored version of Giuseppe Tornatore’s CINEMA PARADISO on Monday, November 10 at the Egyptian Theatre with Tornatore in attendance and Danny DeVito introducing the film.  The film, which won the 1990 Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, is a Franco Cristaldi and 123’ ITA Production.   Dolce & Gabbana is the main supporter, along with Luce Cinecittà and Cineteca di Bologna for the restoration.   In addition, AFI FEST, Luce Cinecittà and the Italian Trade Agency partner to celebrate “Cinema Italian Style,” and will present Paolo Virzi’s HUMAN CAPITAL, Italy’s official Oscar® entry for Best Foreign Language Film, on Thursday, November 13 at the Egyptian Theatre. 

AFI FEST collaborates with the UCLA Confucius Institute on the second edition of the China Onscreen Biennial.  The China Onscreen Biennial closes their festival at AFI FEST with BLACK COAL, THIN ICE (DIR Diao Yinan) on Friday, November 7 and Monday, November 10 at the TCL Chinese Theatres.  

The AFI FEST 2014 mobile application incorporates the Gimbal context aware and proximity platform to serve up pass offers, festival promotions and movie trailers that allow you to share your AFI FEST experience.  Gimbal beacons will be placed in private venues within the festival area, including select Martin Outdoor Media benches.  These Gimbal proximity beacons, which communicate with the festival app via Bluetooth® Smart (Bluetooth low energy) technology, provide highly accurate (within a few feet) micro-location information.  If the user has opted-in to receive push notifications, the user will get information and offers that are tuned, not just to the fact that the user is at AFI FEST, but to the fact that the user is—in that moment—very near to something of interest.

The primary media sponsor of AFI FEST is The Los Angeles Times. Official media sponsors include 102.7 KIIS FM; ALT 987; Entertainment Weekly; The Hollywood Reporter; IMDbPRO; Indiewire; Screen International, Variety, and WSJ. Magazine. 

Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and Galas are available to the general public online at AFI.com or at the AT&T Box Office at Hollywood & Highland.  AFI FEST Patron Packages and Passes include access to sold-out Galas and other high-demand films and events.  Passes are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST, and AFI Members receive special discounts.  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.

Visitors to AFI FEST can save 10-20% at places to eat 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 here. 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.

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; 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 and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory.  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 ­– 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 6 – 13, 2014.  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.  The Audi Group delivered 1,575,500 vehicles to customers globally in 2013, and broke all-time company sales records for the fourth straight year in the U.S.  Through 2018, AUDI AG will invest about $30 billion in new products, facilities and technologies.  Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.

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 80 countries, 700 screenings and the industry’s largest Conference Series, AFM is the pivotal destination for filmmakers, producers, writers, directors, distributors, financiers, industry executives, talent, 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.

Twitter: @AFMOFFICIAL #AFM2014

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.

About the China Onscreen Biennial (COB)
A non-profit initiative of the UCLA Confucius Institute, the COB is a unique cross-continental collaboration among American cultural and educational institutions to promote US-China dialogue through the art of film.

Showcasing some of the best new film and media art from China, the COB returns in an expanded second edition October 17 through November 14, 2014 with screenings and events in Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Hawaii. While Chinese audiences have driven the international growth of Hollywood blockbusters in recent years, little focus has been lent state-side to Chinese filmmaking itself – despite the rapidly changing ecology of Chinese film and media, possibly the world’s most dynamic today. The 2014 COB attempts to address that gap, bringing a slate of 15 Chinese features and 7 shorts to American audiences. The curation by an American team of film curators highlights a multiplicity of voices, from emerging to established, and the myriad connections between cinemas past and present.


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CONTACTS: 

Ashley Tecson, AFI FEST, 323.856.7823 or festpublicity@AFI.com

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