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.

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 RELEASELOS ANGELES, CA, March 2, 2017AFI 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 [email protected] 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.

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.

 

Media Contacts: Liza Ameen, American Film Institute, 323.856.7885, [email protected]
Stephanie Sweeney, American Film Institute, 323.856.7871, [email protected]