Press Releases

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES AUDIENCE AND JURY AWARD WINNERS

    Jury Award Winners Eligible for Short Film Oscar®CategoriesLive-Action Short Winner Is AFI Directing Workshop for Women Short WAR PAINTFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Los Angeles, CA, November 16, 2018 —AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi has announced the films that received this year’s Jury and Audience awards.Audience Award – FeatureTHE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM (DIR John Chester)In this poignant and charming documentary, filmmaker John Chester chronicles the eight-year effort of an ambitious, life-changing personal venture: moving out of Los Angeles with his wife, Molly, and building a diverse, sustainable farm.Audience Award – ShortPERIOD.

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ADDS ARETHA FRANKLIN DOCUMENTARY AMAZING GRACE

    Special Screening of West Coast Debut of Concert FilmTo Take Place Thursday, November 15, 8:00 p.m.

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES SPONSORS AND CULTURAL PARTNERS

    Free Tickets to Screenings Available Online and at AT&T Box Office Limited Number of Priority Passes Still Available FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Los Angeles, CA, November 7, 2018 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the sponsors and cultural partners for AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi, which takes place November 8-15 in Hollywood, CA, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt.

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL CONVERSATIONS

    Conversation Will Follow Special Screening of VOX LUX onFriday, November 9FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Los Angeles, CA, October 26, 2018 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that a Conversation with Natalie Portman has been added to AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi.

  • A CONVERSATION WITH NATALIE PORTMAN ADDED TO AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI

    Conversation Will Follow Special Screening of VOX LUX onFriday, November 9FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Los Angeles, CA, October 26, 2018 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that a Conversation with Natalie Portman has been added to AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi.

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI SHORTS LINEUP REVEALED

    Shorts Award Winners Eligible for Academy Awards®AFI FEST Schedule Available Today on AFI.comFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Los Angeles, CA, October 25, 2018 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films playing in the Shorts lineup at AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi.The Shorts section features 47 films from filmmakers from all over the world, showcasing their distinct international viewpoints.

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI SPECIAL SCREENINGS, CINEMA'S LEGACY AND MIDNIGHT LINEUPS ANNOUNCED

    Special Screenings Include World Premiere of First Episode FromAFI Conservatory Alumna Patty Jenkins’ Limited Series I AM THE NIGHTCinema’s Legacy Lineup Features Restored Classics Directed by WomenFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Los Angeles, CA, October 18, 2018 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will play in the Special Screenings, Cinema's Legacy and Midnight sections at AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi. This year's Special Screenings section showcases some of the most highly anticipated films and episodic series of the season.

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES WORLD CINEMA LINEUP

    Section Includes Seven Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® Submissionsand a Total of 28 Titles From 27 CountriesFeaturing North American Premiere of Episodes of Elena Ferrante MiniseriesMY BRILLIANT FRIENDFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — October 16, 2018, Los Angeles, CA — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will play in the World Cinema section of AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi. The World Cinema section showcases the most celebrated international films of the year and features 28 titles from 27 countries.  The section includes seven official Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® submissions: CAPERNAUM (DIR Nadine Labaki), DOGMAN (DIR Matteo Garrone), “I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS” (DIR Radu Jude), NEVER LOOK AWAY (DIR Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck), SHOPLIFTERS (DIR Hirokazu Kore-eda), SUNSET (DIR László Nemes) and THE WILD PEAR TREE (DIR Nuri Bilge Ceylan).  AFI FEST will also present the North American premiere of the first two episodes of MY BRILLIANT FRIEND as part of the section.

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP OF GALAS

    Galas Include World Premieres ofBIRD BOX and THE KOMINSKY METHODAlong With THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS, GREEN BOOK and WIDOWS.

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES AN EVENING WITH NICOLE KIDMAN

    Festival Will Host Conversation With Kidman in Tribute to Her Career,Followed by Gala Screening of DESTROYERFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — October 9, 2018, Los Angeles, CA — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi will host An Evening With Nicole Kidman.

  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES NEW AUTEURS AND AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS LINEUPS 

       AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES NEW AUTEURS AND AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS LINEUPS Sections Feature 28 Films,Including 17 Films Directed by WomenFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — LOS ANGELES, CA, October 4, 2018 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will be featured in the New Auteurs and American Independents sections at AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi. Highlighting rising 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 18 films, with 12 helmed by female filmmakers.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 10 films — half of which are directed by women — from both new voices and filmmakers returning to AFI FEST.  Five are directed by women."The New Auteurs and American Independents sections are where you will find some of the boldest and most experimental work in the festival," said Lane Kneedler, Director of Programming, AFI Festivals.  "We encourage audiences to explore these unique films, and become acquainted with the emerging and provocative voices of their directors."NEW AUTEURSACID FOREST (RŪGŠTUS MIŠKAS)– A wispy stretch of land from Russia to Lithuania is home to an unlikely tourist attraction: a dying forest of leafless trees overtaken by thousands of ancient black birds ruining the area with their acid-fortified feces.

  • WORLD PREMIERE OF MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS TO CLOSE AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — September 25, 2018, Los Angeles, CA — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that AFI FEST presented by Audi will close with the World Premiere of Focus Features and Working Title's MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS.

  • ON THE BASIS OF SEX WORLD PREMIERE TO OPEN AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI

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  • AFI FEST 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL DATES AND CALL FOR ENTRIES

    32nd Edition of AFI FEST to Be Held November 8–15 Submissions Open Today Audi Returns as Presenting Sponsor FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — LOS ANGELES, CA, March 1, 2018 — AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi has officially announced its dates and call for entries.

2015 press

  • AFI FEST 2015 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES JURY AND AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

    ENCORE SCREENINGS OF SELECT AWARD-WINNING FILMSAT THE TCL CHINESE 6 THEATRES TODAYFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, November 12, 2015 — AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi announces today the feature and short films receiving this year’s Jury and Audience Awards.

  • AFI FEST 2015 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCESA CONVERSATION WITH DIRECTOR SCOTT COOPER AND JOHNNY DEPP SPONSORED BY VIZIO AND IN PARTNERSHIP WITH VARIETY

    IN THE MAJESTIC DOLBY THEATRE ON NOVEMBER 8FREE TICKETS ONLINE AND AT THE AT&T BOX OFFICEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, November 5, 2015 – AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi announces today that a new event has been added to the festival – A Conversation with Director Scott Cooper and Johnny Depp.  They will discuss their recent collaboration on BLACK MASS (2015) in an evening moderated by Variety Deputy Awards and Features Editor Jenelle Riley.  Sponsored by VIZIO and in partnership with Variety, the Conversation will take place at AFI FEST on Sunday, November 8th at 6:00 p.m.

  • AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES SPONSORS, CULTURAL PARTNERS AND AN ADDITIONAL SPECIAL EVENT: ON ACTING: A CONVERSATION WITH BENICIO DEL TORO

    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 3, 2015 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announces today their sponsors and cultural partners for AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi.

  • AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES ADDITIONS TO SLATE:A DUAL TRIBUTE, PRESENTATIONS, A SPECIAL SCREENING AND CONVERSATIONS WITH MICHAEL CAINE AND RIDLEY SCOTT

    Free Individual Tickets Are Available Now on AFI.comFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, October 26, 2015 — The American Film Institute announced today the latest wave of programming at AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi that includes a dual Tribute, Presentations and Conversations with Michael Caine and Ridley Scott.

  • STATE OF THE ART A TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE FEATURING LEADING ARTISTS' IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING AND VIRTUAL REALITY AT AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi

    Official AFI FEST Mobile App Now Available To DownloadFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, October 23, 2015 — The American Film Institute announced today the details for State of the Art – Innovation, Storytelling and Technology, this year's showcase dedicated to immersive storytelling and virtual reality (VR) on November 7 and 8 at AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi.

  • AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi FULL SLATE OF FILMS

    INCLUDES WORLD CINEMA, BREAKTHROUGH,MIDNIGHT, SHORTS AND CINEMA'S LEGACY SECTIONSPatron Packages and Express Passes Now Available for Priority SeatingFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, October 21, 2015 — The American Film Institute announced today the films that will screen in the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight, Shorts and Cinema's Legacy programs at AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi.

  • TWO ADDITIONAL CENTERPIECE GALAS AND SEVEN SPECIAL SCREENINGS ADDED TO AFI FEST 2015 PRESENTED BY AUDI

    Passes to Ensure Seating Available Now at AFI.comFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, October 19, 2015 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that two more Centerpiece Galas will screen at AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi.

  • NEW AUTEURS AND AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS TITLES ANNOUNCED FOR AFI FEST 2015 PRESENTED BY AUDI 

    Express Passes for all Regular Screenings on Sale NowFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, October 15, 2015 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will be featured in the New Auteurs and American Independents sections at AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi.

  • WORLD PREMIERE OF CONCUSSION TO PLAY AS CENTERPIECE GALA AT AFI FEST 2015 PRESENTED BY AUDI

    ­Centerpiece Gala on November 10 Makes Three World Premieres Announced at FestivalPasses to Ensure Seating Available Now at AFI.comFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, September 30, 2015 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that the World Premiere of Sony Pictures’ CONCUSSION — starring two-time Academy Award® nominee Will Smith, written and directed by Peter Landesman, and produced by Ridley Scott, Giannina Scott, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman and Elizabeth Cantillon — will be the Centerpiece Gala of AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi.  The honored event will take place at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on Tuesday, November 10.

  • WORLD PREMIERE OF THE BIG SHORT TO CLOSE AFI FEST PRESENTED BY AUDI

    Gala to be Held Thursday, November 12 at the Historic TCL Chinese TheatrePasses to Ensure Seating Available Now at AFI.comFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, September 22, 2015 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that the World Premiere of Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises’ THE BIG SHORT will be the Closing Night Gala of AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi on Thursday, November 12 at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.

  • WORLD PREMIERE OF BY THE SEA TO OPEN AFI FEST 2015 PRESENTED BY AUDI

    Film by Angelina Jolie Pitt to Launch the Festival on November 5at the Historic TCL Chinese TheatrePasses to Ensure Seating Available Now at AFI.comFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, August 27, 2015 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that the World Premiere of Universal Pictures’ BY THE SEA —  written, directed, produced by and starring Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie Pitt and also starring and produced by Academy Award ® winner Brad Pitt  —  will be the Opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi on Thursday, November 5, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.  The film features an international cast that includes Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer.  Available now at AFI.com are festival passes for purchase, which ensure reserved seats for Opening Night.The 29th edition of AFI FEST takes place November 5–12, 2015, in the heart of Hollywood.

  • AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL DATES AND CALL FOR ENTRIES

    29th AFI FEST to be held November 5-12FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, February 18, 2015 – AFI FEST presented by Audi officially announced its dates and call for entries today.  The American Film Institute’s annual celebration of artistic excellence, AFI FEST brings Hollywood icons, emerging artists and audiences together to experience global cinema in the movie capital of the world.  The film festival is the only one of its stature that is free to the public.