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  • 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.

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 5
at the Historic TCL Chinese Theatre

Passes to Ensure Seating Available Now at AFI.com

FOR 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. Screenings and Galas will be held at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Dolby Theatre, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The full festival lineup and schedule will be unveiled in October.

“Time and again, Angelina Jolie Pitt has proven herself an artist of the highest caliber,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO.  “It is an honor for AFI to celebrate her latest story with its World Premiere – and in doing so – to shine a proper light upon her boundless creative energies as actor, director, writer and producer.”

“AFI has long supported the boldness and experimentation that accompanies provocative cinema,” said Jolie Pitt.  “As a filmmaker, and on behalf of our cast and crew, I am honored to launch the film at the Opening Night Gala for AFI FEST.”

"We are launching this year's AFI FEST with a film that is fueled by the influence of both American and foreign cinema. Angelina Jolie Pitt's intelligent artistry in BY THE SEA proves that she is one of today's most creative and expressive filmmakers. It is a perfect way to kick off what will be eight days of incredible films from Hollywood and across the globe," said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST.    

AFI FEST remains the only global event of its caliber to offer free individual tickets to screenings and events as a gift to the community.  These free tickets will be available to the general public online at AFI.com beginning Monday, October 26.  Available for purchase now at AFI.com are AFI FEST Patron Packages and Express Passes — which can include access to sold-out Galas and other high-demand films and events.

As part of their membership benefit, AFI members will receive a complimentary AFI FEST Cinepass, which allows access to all regular screenings at this year’s festival.  Additionally, AFI members at the Two-Star level and above level receive a 10% discount on all AFI FEST Patron Packages and Express Passes.  Information about AFI membership is available at AFI.com/membership.

For the 12th consecutive year, AFI FEST is proud to have Audi as the presenting sponsor.  Additional top sponsors include AT&T; American Airlines, the official airline of AFI; and VIZIO. 

About BY THE SEA
BY THE SEA follows an American writer named Roland (Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis.  As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds Lea (Laurent) and François (Poupaud), and village locals Michel (Arestrup) and Patrice (Bohringer), the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives.  In its style, and its treatment of themes of the human experience, BY THE SEA is inspired by European cinema and theater of the 1960s and 1970s.

Jolie Pitt is joined behind-the-scenes by a key crew that includes cinematographer Christian Berger (THE WHITE RIBBON), who used his Cine Reflect Lighting System to shoot the film; production designer Jon Hutman (UNBROKEN); editor Patricia Rommel (THE LIVES OF OTHERS); and costume designer Ellen Mirojnick (WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS).  Pitt joins her in production duties, while Chris Brigham (INCEPTION), Holly Goline-Sadowski (UNBROKEN) and Michael Vieira (UNBROKEN) serve as executive producers.  To learn more about BY THE SEA, visit the film’s official website at www.bytheseamovie.net. In theaters November 13, 2015.

About the American Film Institute
AFI is America’s promise to preserve the heritage 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 theAFI 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 attwitter.com/AmericanFilm, facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute andyoutube.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 — 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 5-12, 2015.  Additional information about AFI FEST is available atAFI.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 over 1,741,000 vehicles to customers globally in 2014, and broke all-time company sales records for the 5th straight year in the U.S.  Through 2019, AUDI AG plans to invest about 24 billion euros - 70 percent of the investment will flow into the development of new models and technologies.  Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusa.com/newsroom for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.