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  • 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.

IMMERSIVE, VIRTUAL REALITY AND 360-DEGREE STORYTELLING AT STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE

Free Tickets Available at AFI.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, NOVEMBER 4, 2016 — The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced details for State of the Art Technology Showcase: Innovation and Immersive Storytelling, taking place at AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi. Now in its third year as part of the festival, the two-day event will feature a selection of 360-degree, VR and immersive short film experiences representing a cross-section of what's currently possible in this new cinematic medium — and what's yet to come.

"There is a new generation of ambitious storytellers who are building innovative narratives, and worlds and immersive experiences with cutting-edge technology whose work we want to showcase at AFI FEST," said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST. "We're going to be presenting work from creative leaders in the field, from companies like Dark Corner, Felix & Paul Studios, Google Spotlight Stories, Here Be Dragons, Oculus Story Studio, Penrose Studios, Wevr and more."

The Showcase will take place Saturday, November 12, and Sunday, November 13, throughout locations in The Hollywood Roosevelt, including the VIZIO Lounge, and will include panel discussions with leading artists, interactive installations and VR stations accessible to festival attendees for a hands-on experience of this latest technology. Admission to all panels and events is free for festival guests and pass holders. Individual tickets are available on the festival's mobile app and on AFI.com.

Dolby, Google Spotlight Stories and VIZIO are sponsors of this year's Showcase. The opening keynote is sponsored by Google Spotlight Stories and will be delivered at the AFI FEST Cinema Lounge in The Hollywood Roosevelt on November 12 by Anthony Batt, co-founder and executive vice-president of virtual reality creative studio and production company Wevr.

Special guests and panelists at the Showcase include: Kim Adams, Oculus Story Studio senior producer and RAIN OR SHINE producer; Tuna Bora, production designer of PEARL; Daniel Burwen, Director of Experience at Jaunt VR; Eugene Chung, director of ALLUMETTE; Karen Dufilho-Rosen, executive producer at Google Spotlight Stories; Rainer Gombos, Emmy®-winning visual effects supervisor and founder of production company REALTRA; James Kaelan, Seed&Spark creative director; Oscar® winner Patrick Osborne, director of PEARL; Jan Pinkava, creative director of Google Spotlight Stories; and more. 

STATE OF THE ART PANEL DISCUSSIONS

GOOGLE SPOTLIGHT STORIES CASE STUDY: PEARL and RAIN OR SHINE – A conversation about development and production with the creative talent behind two of Google's latest projects, PEARL and RAIN OR SHINE.

IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING: BUILDING ANIMATED WORLDS – A conversation about the cutting-edge animation used in VR content between creators from Google and Oculus Story Studio and the VR experiences ALLUMETTE and GNOMES & GOBLINS.

IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING: GENRE EXPANDS INTO VR – Join the Dark Corner creators, Seed&Spark creative director James Kaelan and others who have brought genre stories to the immersive VR space.

VR AND 360° CAMERA RIG WORKSHOP – A conversation about the camera systems and rigs that filmmakers use to shoot and edit VR content, with cameras and rigs included from Dark Corner, Here Be Dragons, Jaunt One, Radiant Images and REALTRA.

IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING, VR AND 360-DEGREE FILM SHOWCASE

ALLUMETTE – An intimate tale about the love between a mother and her child as well as the sacrifices people are willing to make for the greater good. DIR Eugene Chung. Penrose Studios.

BURLAP – Step inside the lair of a lonely and disturbed killer as he comes closer than ever to completing his masterpiece. DIR Justin Denton. Dark Corner. 

CATATONIC – An immersive journey through an insane asylum in which the audience, bound to a wheelchair, undergoes a sensory-shocking horror thrill ride. DIR Guy Shelmerdine. Dark Corner; Here Be Dragons.

GNOMES & GOBLINS – Take a first step into the interactive fantasy world of Jon Favreau's GNOMES & GOBLINS and its many realms and denizens. Created by Jon Favreau. Wevr.

HARD WORLD FOR SMALL THINGS – A narrative exploration of the circumstances and lives affected by a single tragedy in Los Angeles. DIR Janicza Bravo. Seed&Spark; Wevr.

HENRY – This brilliantly animated delight takes you inside the world of a lonesome but lovable hedgehog. DIR Ramiro Lopez Dau. Oculus Story Studio.

KÀ THE BATTLE WITHIN – Designed as an epic VR Cirque du Soleil show, the world of KÀ THE BATTLE WITHIN is an adventure of heroism and martial arts. DIRS/SCRS François Blouin, Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël. Felix & Paul Studios.

LOVR – A story of love, told through neural activity captured over four seconds. DIR Aaron Bradbury. Luniere.

MULE – A thrilling, emotional journey through the last moments of a man's life. Choose your ending — do you want to be buried or cremated? DIR Guy Shelmerdine. Dark Corner.

NOTES ON BLINDNESS – An immersive VR experience based on one man's sensory and psychological experience of blindness. DIRS Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton, James Spinney. Ex Nihilo; ARTE France; AudioGaming; Archer's Mark.

PEARL – Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, PEARL follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. From Academy Award®-winning director Patrick Osborne comes a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love, and about finding grace in the unlikeliest of places. DIR Patrick Osborne. Google Spotlight Stories.

RAIN OR SHINE – It's a perfect summer day in London; the sun is shining, the birds are singing, there's a spring in everybody's step and Ella is determined to wear her new sunglasses. What could possibly go wrong? DIR Felix Massie. Google Spotlight Stories.

THROUGH THE AGES: PRESIDENT OBAMA CELEBRATES AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARKS – President Obama guides us on a wondrous and transporting journey to Yosemite as he honors the National Parks Service Centennial. DIRS Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël. Felix & Paul Studios.

TILT BRUSH – A stunning drawing tool that lets you paint life-size brush strokes in a 3D space. Google.

THEBLU – A three-part immersive encounter with undersea life. DIR Jake Rowell. Wevr.

THE VISITOR – A short horror experience about an unexpected visitor knocking on your door. DIRS James Kaelan, Blessing Yen. Seed&Spark. 

As Previously Announced

The Opening Night Gala will be the World Premiere of RULES DON'T APPLY (DIR Warren Beatty) on Thursday, November 10. Isabelle Huppert will be honored with a Tribute on Sunday, November 13, followed by a Centerpiece Gala screening of ELLE (DIR Paul Verhoeven). JACKIE (DIR Pablo Larraín) will screen as a Centerpiece Gala on Monday, November 14. LA LA LAND (DIR Damien Chazelle) will screen as a Centerpiece Gala on Tuesday, November 15. Annette Bening will be honored with a Tribute on Wednesday, November 16, followed by a Centerpiece Gala screening of 20TH CENTURY WOMEN (DIR Mike Mills). The Special Closing Night Gala Presentation will be PATRIOTS DAY (DIR Peter Berg) on Thursday, November 17.

In addition, the American Independents, Cinema's Legacy, Midnight, New Auteurs, Shorts and World Cinema and World Cinema Masters in Conversation sections have also been announced. More information about these sections is available via the 2016 Film Guide here.

In celebration of the 30th edition of the festival, a trio of diverse female trailblazers are featured in both the festival's 2016 key art and programming lineup. AFI FEST will spotlight Dorothy Dandridge, the first African American nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award®; Ida Lupino, a pioneering director, writer, producer and actress who became the first woman to direct a film noir; and Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American actress to rise to international prominence.

AFI FEST takes place November 10–17, 2016, in the heart of Hollywood. Screenings, Galas and other events will be held at the TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt. The full festival lineup and schedule will be unveiled in October.

For the 13th consecutive year, AFI FEST will showcase the very best in global cinema thanks to the visionary support of presenting sponsor Audi.

Patron Packages ensure reserved seats for Gala screenings, and all proceeds benefit the educational programs of the American Film Institute. A limited number of individual tickets to Opening Night and other screenings are also made available at no charge thanks to the event sponsors.  Go to AFI.com now to purchase Patron Packages, which can include access to Galas and other high-demand films and events.  Individual tickets will be available on AFI.com beginning November 1.

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

Audi is the exclusive presenting sponsor of AFI FEST 2016, once again championing innovative filmmakers from around the globe through its steadfast support of the festival and AFI's mission.

Additional top sponsors include AT&T; American Airlines, the official airline of AFI; and VIZIO, the official home theater sponsor of AFI.

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 the 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 movies and TV series 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, instagram.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 — 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. Celebrating its 30th edition, 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 10–17, 2016. 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/AFI.

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 1,800,000 vehicles to customers globally in 2015, and broke all-time company sales records for the 6th 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 http://www.audiusa.com or http://www.audiusa.com/newsroom for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.


CONTACTS:
Shari Mesulam, American Film Institute, 323.856.7672 or [email protected]
Liza Ameen, American Film Institute, 323.856.7885 or [email protected]