Press Releases

  • 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 SPONSORS AND CULTURAL PARTNERS


AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES

SPONSORS AND CULTURAL PARTNERS

Free Tickets to Screenings Available Online and at AT&T Box Office

Limited Number of Express Passes Still Available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, November 9, 2017 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the sponsors and cultural partners for AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi, which takes place November 9-16 in Hollywood, CA, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, Dolby Cinema at the Vine, the Mark Goodson Screening Room at the American Film Institute and The Hollywood Roosevelt.

For the 14th consecutive year, Audi brings its visionary support to AFI FEST as the exclusive presenting sponsor, enabling the festival to host the very best of world cinema in Hollywood.  Throughout AFI FEST, festivalgoers are encouraged to experience Audi's l installation in the lobby of The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The installation incorporates an AFI-produced PSA featuring women in film that spotlights the Audi Fellowship for Women, which was created earlier this year to support one female director and her entire two-year AFI Conservatory enrollment. Audi and their support of the festival reflect a continuing commitment to "Drive Progress" by fostering opportunities for equality in film and television.

Premium sponsors of the festival are AT&T and VIZIO, the official home theater sponsor of AFI.  The AT&T Box Office is located at Hollywood & Highland, and VIZIO will be hosting many of the Tech Showcase panels and discussions at the VIZIO Lounge.

American Airlines, the official airline of AFI, and Dolby Laboratories are the festival's official sponsors.  Festival sponsors include AMC Networks, BRICKTOWN, IMDbPRO, Lagunitas Brewing Company, LaMarca Prosecco, Netflix, Panavision and Participant Media.

The festival's official hotel and venue sponsors include The Hollywood Roosevelt, TCL Chinese Theatres, the Hollywood & Highland Center and the Egyptian Theatre.

Contributing sponsors include Camarena Tequila, Gelson's Market, New Amsterdam Vodka, Prophecy Wines, So Cal Self Storage and US Blanks.

Sustaining sponsors incude The Bagel Broker; Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood; Picky Print Production, Inc.; Quixote; SmartSource; and Squarebox.

The Tech Showcase sponsors are Audi, Dolby Laboratories, HTC Viveport and VIZIO. 

The Youth & Family program supporters are GRoW @ Annenberg and City of LA - Department of Cultural Affairs and their program partners are Latino Film Institute Youth Cinema Project, LAUSD and Young Storytellers.

This year's cultural sponsors include the Farhang Foundation, Luce Cinecittà, the Italian Trade Agency (ITA), SAG-AFTRA and SAGindie.  The festival's cultural supporters include the Consulate General of Belgium in Los Angeles, the Consulate General of Canada, Danish Film Institute, European Languages and Movies in America (ELMA), Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG), the Consulate General of France – French Mission for Cultural Affairs and the Creative Industries, German Films, the Consulate General of Israel, Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles (IIC), Japan House Los Angeles, Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles, Korean Film Council (KOFIC), Latino Film Institute Youth Cinema Project, Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, the Polish Film Festival Los Angeles, Québec Government Office in Los Angeles, the Consulate General of Switzerland, Telefilm Canada, TV5MONDE, UniFrance and Wallonie Bruxelles Images.

This year, AFI FEST, Luce Cinecittà, the Italian Trade Agency, the Italian Consulate in Los Angeles and IIC partner to celebrate "Cinema Italian Style," and will present a double bill of restored Michelangelo Antonioni films, which are emblematic of arthouse cinema in the 1960s: RED DESERT (1964) and BLOW-UP (1966). Both films screen on Monday, November 13, at the TCL Chinese Theatre.  RED DESERT's DCP restoration was curated by CSC-Cineteca Nazionale and Istituto Luce Cinecittà, in collaboration with RTI-Mediaset. BLOW-UP's DCP restoration was curated by The Criterion Collection, Cineteca di Bologna and Istituto Luce Cinecittà, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Park Circus.

The partners also present A CIAMBRA directed by Jonas Carpignano, Italy's official Academy Award® entry for Best Foreign Language Film. Carpignano's sophomore feature follows Pio, a streetwise teen in Calabria who must step up when his older brother lands in trouble with the police. A CIAMBRA will screen in AFI FEST's World Cinema section on Wednesday, November 15 before its gala opening at "Cinema Italian Style" on Thursday, November 16.

The primary media sponsor of the festival is the Los Angeles Times.  Official media sponsors include ALT 98.7, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, KOST 103.5, Screen International, Time Out Los Angeles, Variety, WSJ. Magazine and Yelp.  JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! is the official late night show sponsor of AFI FEST.  Affliate media sponsors include American Cinematographer, Backstage, Deadline, Hollywood.com, Hoy, IndieWire, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Confidential Magazine, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, Martin Outdoor Media, MovieMaker Magazine, MovieTickets.com, OUTFRONT Media, Trailer Addict, TV5MONDE and TheWrap.

The American Film Market (AFM) is the market partner of AFI FEST. The association between the two events connects art and commerce, broadening the opportunities for all participants, and collectively represents the largest gathering in North America.  The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA).

Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and Galas are available to the general public online at AFI.com/AFIFEST or at the AT&T Box Office at Hollywood & Highland.  AFI FEST Patron Packages and Passes include access to sold-out Galas and other high-demand films and events.  Passes are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST, and AFI members receive special discounts.  The American Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization, and Patron Packages are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

About the American Film Institute

Celebrating its golden milestone, the American Film Institute began its mission on June 5, 1967 — to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. Established by Lyndon B. Johnson's presidential mandate in the White House Rose Garden, AFI is America's promise to educate today's audiences and tomorrow's artists. The Institute was anchored by a foundation of luminaries from the film community including Gregory Peck as Chair, Sidney Poitier as Vice Chair, George Stevens, Jr., as Director and CEO with board members Francis Ford Coppola, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and Jack Valenti.

In 1969, AFI opened the Center for Advanced Film Studies, now called the AFI Conservatory, an elite MFA program whose inaugural class included Terrence Malick, Caleb Deschanel and Paul Schrader. The program's acclaimed film and television alumni include Andrea Arnold, Darren Aronofsky, Julie Dash, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kamiński, David Lynch and Robert Richardson, among others.

In addition to the AFI Conservatory, 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. 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 31st 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 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 Audi

Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. The Audi Group is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. In 2016, AUDI AG delivered about 1.871 million Audi automobiles and broke all-time company sales records for the seventh straight year in the U.S. Visit www.audiusa.com or media.audiusa.com for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.

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