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. An annual program of the American Film Institute, 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. The 31st edition of AFI FEST will take place in Hollywood, CA, from November 9–16, 2017. Entries are now being accepted and filmmakers are invited to submit feature, documentary, experimental and short films at AFI.com/AFIFEST or through Withoutabox.com. AFI FEST will have three submission date deadlines — early, official and final — for both short films (under 30 minutes) and feature films. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Live Action and Animated Short Film categories for the annual Academy Awards®.
Early Deadline – March 31
Official Deadline – May 5
Final Deadline – July 14
In 2016, AFI FEST hosted 118 films (79 features, 39 shorts) representing 46 countries, including 33 films directed/co-directed by women, 11 documentaries and 12 animated films. The many highlights of the festival included the world premieres of the Opening Night film RULES DON'T APPLY (DIR Warren Beatty) and Special Screenings THE COMEDIAN (DIR Taylor Hackford), MISS SLOANE (DIR John Madden) and MOANA (DIR Ron Clements and John Musker); Tributes to Annette Bening and Isabelle Huppert; Centerpiece Gala presentations of JACKIE and LA LA LAND; conversations with director Barry Jenkins and the cast of MOONLIGHT, David O. Russell and Lily Tomlin celebrating the 20th anniversary of Miramax's FLIRTING WITH DISASTER, plus Peter Bogdanovich and Beatrice Welles discussing CITIZEN KANE; the Indie Contenders Roundtable with panelists Kate Beckinsale (LOVE & FRIENDSHIP), Adam Driver (PATERSON), Sally Field (HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS), Rebecca Hall (CHRISTINE), Margo Martindale (THE HOLLARS), Viggo Mortensen (CAPTAIN FANTASTIC), Ruth Negga (LOVING), Chris Pine (HELL OR HIGH WATER) and Miles Teller (BLEED FOR THIS); the inaugural Docs Roundtable with Otto Bell (THE EAGLE HUNTRESS), Alex Gibney (ZERO DAYS), Werner Herzog (INTO THE INFERNO), Kirsten Johnson (CAMERAPERSON), Barbara Kopple (MISS SHARON JONES!), Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg (WEINER), Brian Oakes (JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY), Clay Tweel (GLEASON) and Roger Ross Williams (LIFE, ANIMATED); and the inaugural World Cinema Masters in Conversations section, with documentarian Gianfranco Rosi (FIRE AT SEA) in a talk with Venice Film Festival Artistic Director Alberto Barbera and Raoul Peck (I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO) with Toronto International Film Festival Artistic Director Cameron Bailey
Additional guests and artists who attended AFI FEST 2016 included Pedro Almodóvar, Judd Apatow, Rosanna Arquette, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Haley Bennett, Saroo Brierley, Jacqueline Bisset, Peter Bogdanovich, Matthew Broderick, Jessica Chastain, Damien Chazelle, Ron Clements, Dabney Coleman, Lily Collins, Billy Crudup, Robert De Niro, Caleb Deschanel, Danny DeVito, Xavier Dolan, Alden Ehrenreich, Greta Gerwig, Taylor Hackford, Anjelica Huston, Isabelle Huppert, Nicole Kidman, Pablo Larraín, Cloris Leachman, Courtney Love, Baz Luhrmann, John Madden, Leslie Mann, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, James McAvoy, Mike Mills, Helen Mirren, John Musker, Edward James Olmos, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dev Patel, Alison Pill, Oliver Platt, Natalie Portman, M. Night Shyamalan, Emma Stone, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lily Tomlin, Gaspard Ulliel, Paul Verhoeven and Beatrice Welles.
Filmmakers can email programming@AFI.com or call 866.AFI.FEST for more information about the submissions process.
Film stills and photos from the 2016 edition of the festival and the official AFI FEST logo are available for press use only and can be downloaded at: http://afifestpress.afi.com/afi-images.
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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 the Live Action and Animated Short Film categories for the annual Academy Awards®. This year's edition takes place November 9–16, 2017. 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 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 DOCSand the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory.