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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,, Hoy, IndieWire, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Confidential Magazine, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, Martin Outdoor Media, MovieMaker Magazine,, 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 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, 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 or connect with AFI at,, and

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 Connect with AFI FEST at, and

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 or for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.


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