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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 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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