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  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDIAUDIENCE AND JURY AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

    Audience Awards Given inWorld Cinema, New Auteurs and American Independents SectionsJury Award Winners Eligible for Short Film Oscar® CategoriesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — November 17, 2017 — LOS ANGELES, CA — The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the films that received the Audience and Jury awards at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi."As the 31st edition of AFI FEST comes to a close, this year's awards shine a light on the American independent, auteur and foreign cinema that resonated with our audiences and jurors," said Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI FEST Director.  "Audience awards help bring film lovers together, while building momentum for the filmmakers in this year's festival."Audience Award – World CinemaTHE INSULT (DIR Ziad Doueiri)Lebanon's official Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission, this engrossing and unforgettable tale of modern life in the Middle East is a razor-sharp look at a country's long-simmering resentments toward Palestinian refugees, and its traumatized civil war wounds.Audience Award – New AuteursWHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY (DIR Iram Haq)Iram Haq's sophomore feature is a powerful story of a young woman growing up between two cultures, with no control over her life choices, who must carve out her own path despite a significant culture clash.Audience Award – American IndependentsBODIED (DIR Joseph Kahn)Whether it's sci-fi, satire, or race relations, Joseph Kahn's auteur style defies anticipations.

  • MOLLY'S GAME TO CLOSE AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDIWITH GALA SCREENING AND TRIBUTE

    AFI FEST Tribute to Director Aaron Sorkin to Precede Screeningon Closing Night, Thursday, November 16 VIZIO Is Gala Sponsor for Closing Night FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — November 12, 2017, Los Angeles, CA — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that Academy Award® and Emmy®-winning writer/director Aaron Sorkin will be honored by AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi with a Tribute and Premiere Closing Night Gala screening of STXfilms and The Mark Gordon Company's MOLLY'S GAME on Thursday, November 16, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES DAN GILROY'S ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. AS SPECIAL SCREENING ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15

    AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCESDAN GILROY'S ROMAN J.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI TECH SHOWCASE ANNOUNCED

     AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDITECH SHOWCASEANNOUNCEDFeaturing Innovative Animation, Virtual Reality and Cinema TechnologyFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — LOS ANGELES, CA, November 7, 2017 — The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the Tech Showcase lineup for AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi.  The Tech Showcase will include a selection of 360-degree, virtual reality, augmented reality and immersive short film experiences representing a cross-section of what's currently possible in this new cinematic medium.  The Showcase will be on display November 11–14 at The Hollywood Roosevelt, in the Academy Room and Johnny Grant Suite.Audi, VIZIO, Dolby and HTC Viveport are sponsors of this year's Tech Showcase.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI PRESENTATIONS AND CONVERSATIONS ANNOUNCED

    AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDIPRESENTATIONS AND CONVERSATIONSANNOUNCEDChristopher Nolan to Discuss His Acclaimed Film DUNKIRK,Agnès Varda to Discuss New Doc FACES PLACESSofia Coppola, Salma Hayek, Patty Jenkins, Angelina Jolie,Martin McDonagh, Jordan Peele, Andy SerkisAmong Other Artists to Be Celebrated at the FestivalFOR IMMMEDIATE RELEASE — November 1, 2017 — LOS ANGELES, CA — The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the Presentations and Conversations lineups for AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi.  Events include a conversation on directing with Christopher Nolan; a conversation with filmmaker Agnès Varda; a roundtable of documentary filmmakers presented by the Los Angeles Times; The Hollywood Reporter's Indie Contenders Roundtable with eight standout artists; an in-depth conversation with director Patty Jenkins; a conversation on storytelling with Angelina Jolie and Loung Ung; and a conversation with Martin McDonagh and Sam Rockwell about THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, presented by Variety.The complete AFI FEST program includes 137 films (93 features, 44 shorts), representing 53 countries, including 40 films directed/co-directed by women, 19 documentaries and 14 animated short films.  The breakdown by section is: Galas/Tributes (6), Special Screenings (7), American Independents (11), New Auteurs (11), World Cinema (30), Midnight (3), Cinema's Legacy (9), Retrospective (12), Youth and Family (2) and Short Films (44).  This year's program includes 14 official Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® submissions, and 25 films featuring 76 AFI alumni.PRESENTATIONSCINEMATIC STORYTELLING: A CONVERSATION WITH CHRISTOPHER NOLANDirector/writer/producer Christopher Nolan discusses his latest film, DUNKIRK, centering on the British maneuvers from the land, sea and air as the military and civilians attempt to save 400,000 soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, France, during World War II.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI WORLD CINEMA, MIDNIGHT AND YOUTH AND FAMILY LINEUPS ANNOUNCED

    AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDIWORLD CINEMA, MIDNIGHT AND YOUTH AND FAMILYLINEUPS ANNOUNCED13 Foreign Oscar® Submissions Featured in World Cinema LineupFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — October 25, 2017, Los Angeles, CA — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will be featured in the World Cinema, Midnight and Youth and Family sections at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi.The World Cinema section showcases the most celebrated international films of the year and features 30 films from 39 countries.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI SPECIAL SCREENINGS, CINEMA'S LEGACY AND SHORTS LINEUPS ANNOUNCED

    AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDISPECIAL SCREENINGS, CINEMA'S LEGACY AND SHORTSLINEUPS ANNOUNCEDLOS ANGELES, CA, October 23, 2017 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will play in the Special Screenings, Cinema's Legacy and Shorts sections at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi. This year's Special Screenings section offers an array of engaging stories and intimate portraits of riveting individuals: FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (DIR Paul McGuigan); I, TONYA (DIR Craig Gillespie); JIM & ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND – FEATURING A VERY SPECIAL, CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED MENTION OF TONY CLIFTON (DIR Chris Smith); THE LEISURE SEEKER (DIR Paolo Virzì); MOLLY'S GAME (DIR Aaron Sorkin); SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I'VE GOTTA BE ME (DIR Sam Pollard); and THE SHAPE OF WATER (DIR Guillermo del Toro).Cinema's Legacy is AFI FEST's celebration of motion picture history, and a special opportunity to screen recent restorations of classic films.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI CENTERPIECES GALAS AND TRIBUTE ANNOUNCED

       AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDICENTERPIECES GALAS AND TRIBUTEANNOUNCEDCALL ME BY YOUR NAME, THE DISASTER ARTIST and HOSTILESto Be Celebrated as Centerpiece GalasLegendary Filmmaker Errol Morris to Be HonoredWith Tribute and Screening of WORMWOODPatron Packages on Sale Now Ensure Reserved Seating at Galas and TributeFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — LOS ANGELES, CA, October 20, 2017 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the three Centerpiece Galas and Tribute that will take place at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi.  The Centerpiece Galas are: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (DIR Luca Guadagnino) on Friday, November 10; THE DISASTER ARTIST (DIR James Franco) on Sunday, November 12; and HOSTILES (DIR Scott Cooper) on Tuesday, November 14.

  • ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD TO CLOSE AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI WITH WORLD PREMIERE GALA SCREENING AND TRIBUTE

    ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLDTO CLOSE AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDIWITH WORLD PREMIERE GALA SCREENING AND TRIBUTEAFI FEST Tribute to Director Ridley Scott to Precede Screeningon Closing Night, Thursday, November 16VIZIO Is Gala Sponsor for Closing NightPatron Packages to Ensure Closing Night Seating Available Now at AFI.comFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — October 19, 2017, Los Angeles, CA — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that Academy Award®-nominated director and producer Ridley Scott will be honored by AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi with a Tribute and World Premiere Closing Night Gala screening of TriStar Pictures' ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD on Thursday, November 16, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre.  The Tribute will celebrate Scott's legendary filmmaking career with a moderated discussion of his work followed by the World Premiere screening.  Directed by Scott, ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD stars Academy Award® nominees Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams, and Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey.

  • NEW AUTEURS AND AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS LINEUPS ANNOUNCED

      AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDINEW AUTEURS AND AMERICAN INDEPENDENTSLINEUPS ANNOUNCEDPatron Packages and Express Passes On Sale NowFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — LOS ANGELES, CA, October 16, 2017 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will be featured in the New Auteurs and American Independents sections at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi. Highlighting first- and second-time 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 11 films, nine of which come from female directors.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 11 films from both fresh new voices and filmmakers returning to AFI FEST."The New Auteurs and American Independents programming speaks to a singular mandate of AFI FEST: ensuring that emerging filmmakers from around the globe have a world-class venue to present their stories to an eager audience," said Lane Kneedler, AFI FEST Director of Programming.

  • MUDBOUND TO OPEN AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9

    MUDBOUND TO OPEN AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES NEW EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AT THE FESTIVAL

    ROBERT ALTMAN RETROSPECTIVEIN-CLASS STORYTELLING BOOTCAMP WITH LAUSD ADDED AUDI RETURNS FOR 14TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR ASEXCLUSIVE PRESENTING SPONSORFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — September 13, 2017, Los Angeles, CA — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) has announced an inaugural, annual retrospective to spotlight one filmmaker of global significance, in addition to new educational experiences as part of AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi, running November 9–16, 2017, in Hollywood, CA.

  • 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.

AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI SPECIAL SCREENINGS, CINEMA'S LEGACY AND SHORTS LINEUPS ANNOUNCED

AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI

SPECIAL SCREENINGS, CINEMA'S LEGACY AND SHORTS
LINEUPS ANNOUNCED

LOS ANGELES, CA, October 24, 2017 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will play in the Special Screenings, Cinema's Legacy and Shorts sections at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi. 

This year's Special Screenings section offers an array of engaging stories and intimate portraits of riveting individuals: FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (DIR Paul McGuigan); I, TONYA (DIR Craig Gillespie); JIM & ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND – FEATURING A VERY SPECIAL, CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED MENTION OF TONY CLIFTON (DIR Chris Smith); THE LEISURE SEEKER (DIR Paolo Virzì); MOLLY'S GAME (DIR Aaron Sorkin); SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I'VE GOTTA BE ME (DIR Sam Pollard); and THE SHAPE OF WATER (DIR Guillermo del Toro).

Cinema's Legacy is AFI FEST's celebration of motion picture history, and a special opportunity to screen recent restorations of classic films. This year, to celebrate AFI's 50th Anniversary, the program includes a selection of international classics from 1967, including Stanley Kramer's groundbreaking masterpiece of interracial romance GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER; Juan Ibáñez's outrageous hallmark of Mexican cinema LOS CAIFANES; the timeless romantic comedy BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda; Eric Rohmer's love-triangle "Six Moral Tales" installment LA COLLECTIONEUSE; and Frederick Wiseman's seminal documentary TITICUT FOLLIES. Also part of the celebration are Sergio Leone's THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966; released in the U.S. in 1967), and a duo of Michelangelo Antonioni films that are emblematic of arthouse cinema in the 1960s, BLOW-UP (1966) and RED DESERT (1964). Finally, Tony Zierra's documentary FILMWORKER (2017), which follows the collaboration between Leon Vitali and Stanley Kubrick, will screen.

The Shorts section features filmmakers from around the globe and represents various distinct international viewpoints. The Shorts jury is comprised of Jeffrey Bowers (Senior Curator, Vimeo), Moira Griffin (Executive Director of Production, Creative Labs, 21st Century Fox) and Nathan Silver (director, ACTOR MARTINEZ, THIRST STREET).  The Grand Jury Award winners for Live-Action and Animated Short, as decided by the Shorts Jury, will be automatically eligible for the Academy Award® shortlists in the Best Live Action Short and Best Animated Short categories.

Dates and times for all AFI FEST screenings and events will be available soon on AFI.com.

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL - Annette Bening stars as Gloria Grahame and Jamie Bell as her young ex-lover in this visually sumptuous, deeply compassionate romance. DIR Paul McGuigan. SCR Matt Greenhalgh. CAST Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Vanessa Redgrave. USA

I, TONYA - Margot Robbie stars as tabloid-bait figure skater Tonya Harding in this unforgettable film that is nothing less than a Shakespearean tale of love, loss and the crushing force of poverty in America. DIR Craig Gillespie. SCR Steven Rogers. CAST Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Paul Walter Hauser, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Mckenna Grace. USA

JIM & ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND - FEATURING A VERY SPECIAL, CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED MENTION OF TONY CLIFTON - In this insightful documentary, Jim Carrey reflects on his experience playing legendary comedian Andy Kaufman in 1999's MAN ON THE MOON. DIR Chris Smith. FEATURING Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Milos Forman, Judd Hirsch, Carol Kane, Paul Giamatti, Bob Zmuda. USA

THE LEISURE SEEKER - Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland star in this unforgettable tale of love and memory in an America on the brink of an uncertain new course. DIR Paolo Virzì. SCR Stephen Amidon, Francesca Archibugi, Francesco Piccolo, Paolo Virzì. CAST Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Christian McKay, Janel Moloney, Dana Ivey. Italy

MOLLY'S GAME - Oscar® nominee Jessica Chastain stars in Oscar®-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut, set in the glamorous world of high-stakes underground poker games. DIR Aaron Sorkin. SCR Aaron Sorkin. CAST Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O'Dowd, Bill Camp. USA

SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I'VE GOTTA BE ME - Longtime Spike Lee collaborator Sam Pollard directs this accomplished documentary on the ups and downs of the life and career of trailblazing multi-hyphenate Sammy Davis, Jr. DIR Sam Pollard. SCR Laurence Maslon. FEATURING Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones, Jerry Lewis, Kim Novak, Nancy Sinatra, Norman Lear. USA

THE SHAPE OF WATER - Set at the height of the Cold War, Guillermo del Toro's latest stars Sally Hawkins in an otherworldly love tale between a mute cleaning lady and an Amphibian Man. DIR Guillermo del Toro. SCR Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor. CAST Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer. USA

CINEMA'S LEGACY

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK - This classic romantic comedy pairs Robert Redford and Jane Fonda as a young married couple with absolutely nothing in common. DIR Gene Saks. SCR Neil Simon. CAST Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Charles Boyer, Mildred Natwick, Herbert Edelman, James Stone, Ted Hartley, Mabel Albertson. USA

BLOW-UP - A fashion photographer accidentally photographs a murder in BLOW-UP, one of Michelangelo Antonioni's many masterpieces, and his first film in English. Restoration curated by The Criterion Collection, Cineteca di Bologna and Istituto Luce Cinecittà, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Park Circus. DIR Michelangelo Antonioni. SCR Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra. CAST Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, David Hemmings, John Castle, Jane Birkin, Gillian Hills, Peter Bowles. Italy

LOS CAIFANES - A wealthy couple gets an impromptu tour around Mexico City from an urban gang in this outrageous, ahead-of-its-time Mexican cinema classic. DIR Juan Ibáñez. SCR Carlos Fuentes, Juan Ibáñez. CAST Julissa, Enrique Álvarez Félix, Óscar Chávez, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Sergio Juménez, Eduardo López Rojas, Tamara Garina, Martha Zabaleta. Mexico

LA COLLECTIONNEUSE - The third of Eric Rohmer's "Six Moral Tales" centers on two men and a rules-breaking woman, rumored to be a "collector" of the opposite sex, staying together on the Riviera. DIR Eric Rohmer. SCR Haydée Politoff, Patrick Bauchau, Daniel Pommereulle, Eric Rohmer. CAST Haydée Politoff, Patrick Bauchau, Daniel Pommereulle, Alain Jouffroy, Mijanou, Annik Morice, Denis Berry, Seymour Hertzberg. France

FILMWORKER - The relationship between master Stanley Kubrick and his right-hand-man, actor turned "filmworker" Leon Vitali, is a moving portrait of total dedication to art and genius. DIR Tony Zierra. FEATURING Leon Vitali, Ryan O'Neal, Matthew Modine, Danny Lloyd, Stellan Skarsgård. USA

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (IL BUONO, IL BRUTTO, IL CATTIVO) - Starring Clint Eastwood in a career-defining performance, Sergio Leone's best-known work follows a band of men during the American Civil War as they hunt down a stolen cache of Confederate gold. DIR Sergio Leone. SCR Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone. CAST Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach, Aldo Giuffrè, Luigi Pistilli, Rada Rassimov, Enzo Petito, Claudio Scarchilli, John Bartha. Italy, Spain, West Germany, USA

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER - Anchored by powerful performances by Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, this Oscar®-winning, groundbreaking masterpiece centers on an interracial romance in the 1960s. DIR Stanley Kramer. SCR William Rose. CAST Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton, Cecil Kellaway, Beah Richards, Roy Glenn. USA

RED DESERT (IL DESERTO ROSSO) - Michelangelo Antonioni's first foray into color centers on a maladjusted woman, played by muse Monica Vitti, searching for her place in a foggy, bleak industrial town. Restoration curated by CSC-Cineteca Nazionale and Istituto Luce Cinecittà, in collaboration with RTI-Mediaset. DIR Michelangelo Antonioni. SCR Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra. CAST Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Carlo Chionetti, Xenia Valderi, Rita Renoir, Aldo Grotti. Italy, France

TITICUT FOLLIES - This searing debut documentary by Frederick Wiseman, centering on a facility for the criminally insane in Massachusetts, was banned for general audiences for 23 years. DIR Frederick Wiseman. USA

SHORTS

THE 6TH AMENDMENT - A jury decides the fate of one of the Boston Marathon bombers. DIR Elika Portnoy. SCR Mike Harden, Rob Tremblay. CAST Michael Bakkensen, Tony V., Shawn Fitzgibbon, Rose Weaver, Brookes Reeves, Mary Niederkorn, JP Valenti, Debbie Lewis, Melissa Schmidt, Courtland Jones, Tonya Chen, Richard Pacheco, Steve Assad. Bulgaria

AFTER SCHOOL KNIFE FIGHT - Laëtitia, Roca, Nico and Naël are in a band that soon will no longer exist. DIR Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel. SCR Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel. CAST Lucas Doméjean, Marylou Mayniel, Pablo Cobo, Nicolas Mias. France

ASCRIBED ACHIEVEMENTS - A failed suicide creates a new situation. DIR Samaneh Shojaei. SCR Amin Kafashzadeh. CAST Amin Kafashzadeh. Iran

BALLOONFEST - Cleveland attempts to overcome its nickname, "The Mistake by the Lake." DIR Nathan Truesdell. SCR Nathan Truesdell. USA

THE BURDEN - An animated musical with apocalyptic undertones. DIR Niki Lindroth von Bahr. SCR Niki Lindroth von Bahr. CAST Olof Wretling, Sven Björklund, Mattias Fransson, Carl Englén. Sweden

CLOWNS - Clowns! Suddenly, they're everywhere. DIR The Manhattan Company. USA

COIN OPERATED - Seventy years pass in the life of one naïve explorer. DIR Nicholas Arioli. SCR Nicholas Arioli. USA

COMMODITY CITY - A glimpse at the goods for sale and the humans who sell them in the largest wholesale consumer market in the world. DIR Jessica Kingdon. USA, China

COPA-LOCA - Paulina is the girl at the heart of Copa-Loca, an abandoned Greek summer resort. DIR Christos Massalas. SCR Christos Massalas. CAST Elsa Lekakou, Jenny Hiloudaki, Pavlos Iordanopoulos, Talat Iqbal, Stathis Stamoulakatos, Michalis Pitidis, Fotis Stratigos, Nadia Katsoura, Panos Iosifidis, George Ramantanis, Jon Simvonis. Greece

CUBS (UNGAR) - A single father fulfills his young daughter's wish to throw a slumber party. DIR Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir. SCR Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir. CAST Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Agla Bríet Gísladóttir, Anna Bíbí Wium Axelsdóttir, Ragnheiður Ugla Ocares Gautsdóttir. Iceland

DADYAA – THE WOODPECKERS OF ROTHA - Atimaley and Devi are faced with a dilemma when a friend leaves without saying goodbye. DIR Pooja Gurung, Bibhusan Basnet. SCR Pooja Gurung, Bibhusan Basnet. CAST Parimal Damai, Chham Kala Damai. Nepal, France

THE DIVER – Take a plunge with the man who excavates Mexico City's sewage system. DIR Esteban Arrangoiz. SCR Esteban Arrangoiz, Mariana Rodríguez. FEATURING Julio César Cú Cámara. Mexico

DOLLAR KING - It's the perfect crime: three friends in pig masks with squirt guns at the dollar store. DIR Drew Pollins. SCR D.M. Brent. CAST Jason Boggs, John Charles Meyer, Ed Mattiuzzi, Susan Berger, John McCool Bowers, Ronnie Clark, Josh Harp. USA

EDGE OF ALCHEMY - Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor are cast into a surreal epic in this handmade film assembled from over 6,000 collages. DIR Stacey Steers. SCR Stacey Steers. USA

THE FARE - A young human trafficker must confront his morals when he's asked to transport a girl from his hometown. DIR Santiago Paladines. SCR Santiago Paladines. CAST Johnny Ortiz, Noemi Pedraza, Eduardo Roman. USA

FISH STORY - A search for the truth behind a fishy tale. DIR Charlie Lyne. SCR Charlie Lyne. FEATURING Caspar Salmon. UK

GAZE (NEGAH) - A woman witnesses a crime on a bus. DIR Farnoosh Samadi
SCR Farnoosh Samadi, Ali Asgari. CAST Marzieh Vafamehr, Amirreza Ranjbaran, Pedram Ansari, Safoura Kazempour, Gholamreza Rahimi, Mehrdad Mohammadi, Kiana Asadi, Mehran Elhamifar, Babak Karimi. Iran, Italy

A GENTLE NIGHT (XIAO CHENG ER YUE) - A mother, with a missing daughter, refuses to stop searching. DIR Qiu Yang. SCR: Qiu Yang. CAST Li Shuxian. China

GREAT CHOICE - A woman gets stuck in a looping Red Lobster commercial from hell. DIR Robin Comisar. SCR Robin Comisar. CAST Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector. USA

HI STRANGER - It's time to catch up with an old friend. DIR Kirsten Lepore. SCR Kirsten Lepore. CAST Garrett Davis. USA

HOT DOG HANDS - A suburban woman can't stop growing new fingers. DIR Matt Reynolds. SCR Matt Reynolds. CAST Gillian Wallace Horvat. USA

HOUSE OF JXN - A glimpse into the dance clubs and Rainbow families of Jackson, MS. DIR Rosie Haber. USA

HOW'S YOUR PROSTATE? - A discussion between two girlfriends. DIR Jeanne Paturle, Cécile Rousset. SCR Jeanne Paturle, Cécile Rousset, Cécile Mille. CAST Cécile Mille. France

IFO - Historic UFO sightings over Mansfield, OH, are evoked through memory, report and gesture. DIR Kevin Jerome Everson. FEATURING Albert Thomas, Elijah Bailey Harris, Saveon Moore, Carmenita Higginbotham, Matilda Washington, Tre'Zhan Gamble. USA

ISLANDS (LES ÎLES) - Three characters wander through an erotic maze of love and desire. DIR Yann Gonzalez. SCR Yann Gonzalez. CAST Sarah-Megan Allouch, Thomas Ducasse, Alphonse Maitrepierre, Mathilde Mennetrier, Romain Merle, Simon Thiébaut. France

JOY JOY NAILS - Under the polish, everyone's a victim. DIR Joey Ally. SCR Joey Ally. CAST Kahyun Kim, Yi Liu, Tae Song, Esther Moon, Shirley Kwon, Chris Yejin, Sarah Chang, Amber Sealey, Caryn West, Catherine Haena Kim, Jongman Kim. USA

LANCE LIZARDI - A young man embarks on a reptilian adventure. DIR Xander Robin, FEATURING Lance Lizardi, James Bears, Robin Robin, Michael Kefeyalew, Valerie Brooks, Michael Casper, Gary Holzapple. USA

LIFE BOAT - Six teenagers are led into a game of survival by their guidance counselor. DIR Lorraine Nicholson. SCR Lorraine Nicholson. CAST Elizabeth Gilpin, Stephen Dorff, Moises Arias, Kwame Boateng, Hopper Penn, B.K. Cannon, Chloe Bridges. USA

LUPUS - In December 2011, a security guard was killed by a pack of stray dogs prowling in a poor neighborhood in Bogota. DIR Carlos Gomez Salamanca. SCR Carlos Gomez Salamanca. France

MARE NOSTRUM - A Syrian father prepares his daughter for a dangerous journey. DIR Rana Kazkaz, Anas Khalaf. SCR Rana Kazkaz. CAST Ziad Bakri, Zayn Khalaf. France, Syrian Arab Republic

MR. YELLOW SWEATSHIRT - A man enters the New York City subway. DIR Pacho Velez, Yoni Brook. USA

NATIONAL DISINTEGRATIONS - A peek inside Swiss freeports, where many of the world's art treasures are hidden. DIR Braden King. USA, Switzerland

NIGHTHAWK (NOČNA PTICA) - A drunk badger lies motionless on a road. DIR Špela Čadež. SCR Gregor Zorc, Špela Čadež. CAST Andrej Nahtigal, Karin Komljanec, Gregor Zorc. Slovenia, Croatia

NUTAG-HOMELAND - A hand-painted visual poem about the tragic mass deportations of the Kalmyk people during WWII. DIR Alisi Telengut. SCR Alisi Telengut. Canada

PET RITUALS - The frontwoman of a hardcore punk band struggles to cut ties with her boyfriend. DIR J. Casey Modderno. SCR Jarret Rosenblatt. CAST Sophia Dueñas, Austin Ford, Maynor Alvarado, Casey Mills. USA

SHINAAB - A young Anishinaabe man is haunted by thoughts of home. DIR Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Jr. SRC Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Jr. CAST Ajuawak Kapashesit, Brian Joyce, Zoe Corbine-Daniels, Anna Stranz, John Edel, Tyson Lietz. USA

SILICA - An exploration of territorial constructs and the boundaries of the real and the mediated in an opal mining town in the South Australian desert. DIR Pia Borg. SCR Pia Borg. FEATURING Nicolette Krebitz. Australia, UK

STILL DEVOUT - An anxious 23-year-old, still living at home, must choose between romance and the needs of her family. DIR Melissa Perez. SCR Melissa Perez. CAST Valeria Chavez, Gloria Sandoval, J. Eddie Martinez, Antonio Sagastizado, Armando Heredia, Natalie Camunas. USA

TAKEOUT NIGHT - An incident with a neighboring mom causes a couple to reevaluate a very big decision. DIR Duncan Birmingham. SCR Duncan Birmingham. CAST Rachel Sondag, Frances Chewning, Duncan Birmingham. USA

TEN METER TOWER - A 10-meter diving tower forces people to confront their fears. DIR Maximilien Van Aertryck, Axel Danielson. SCR Maximilien Van Aertryck, Axel Danielson. Sweden

THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT (TESLA: LUMIÈRE MONDIALE) - Visionary inventor Nikola Tesla makes one last appeal to J.P. Morgan, his onetime benefactor. DIR Matthew Rankin. SCR Matthew Rankin. CAST Robert Vilar. Canada

THE TOWN I LIVE IN - Artists and activists clash over the future of a rapidly gentrifying Los Angeles neighborhood. DIR Guadalupe Rosales, Matt Wolf. USA

VICTOR & ISOLINA - Victor and Isolina answer questions about their lifelong, complex and arduous relationship. DIR William Caballero. FEATURING Victor Muriel, Isolina Muriel. USA

VISIONS OF AN ISLAND - Impressions of an island in the Bering Sea. DIR Sky Hopinka. USA

As Previously Announced

AFI FEST takes place November 9–16, 2017, 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, Dolby Cinema at the Vine, the Mark Goodson Screening Room at the American Film Institute and The Hollywood Roosevelt. The full festival lineup and schedule will be unveiled on Friday, October 27. Free tickets will be available on AFI.com/AFIFEST on Wednesday, November 1.

This year's Centerpiece Galas are CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (DIR Luca Guadagnino), THE DISASTER ARTIST (DIR James Franco) and HOSTILES (DIR Scott Cooper).  Also screening at the festival is WORMWOOD, featuring a Tribute to director Errol Morris.

Additionally, the New Auteurs and American Independent sections have been announced and more information about these sections can be found here.

The Opening Night Gala will be MUDBOUND (DIR Dee Rees) on Thursday, November 9.  The Closing Night Gala will be the World Premiere of ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD (DIR Ridley Scott) on Thursday, November 16.

This year, AFI FEST will present a retrospective of the work of Robert Altman (1925–2006), with screenings and discussions of 12 films:  M*A*S*H (1970), MCCABE & MRS. MILLER (1971), THE LONG GOODBYE (1973), CALIFORNIA SPLIT (1974), NASHVILLE (1975), 3 WOMEN (1977), VINCENT & THEO (1990), THE PLAYER (1992), SHORT CUTS (1993), KANSAS CITY (1996), GOSFORD PARK (2001) and A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION (2006).

New educational experiences taking place as part of the festival this year include an AFI FEST Storytelling Bootcamp for Los Angeles Unified School District students.

AFI FEST will once again bring the best in global cinema to Los Angeles thanks to the visionary support of Audi — now in its 14th consecutive year as presenting sponsor of the festival.  An enduring champion of the motion picture arts, Audi nurtures new and established voices through its support of AFI FEST and beyond, including the Audi Fellowship for Women at the AFI Conservatory, a new full-tuition scholarship investing in the future of female directors in film and television.

Patron packages ensure reserved seats for Galas, and all proceeds benefit the educational programs of the American Film Institute.  A limited number of individual tickets to Galas 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.


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 2017.  Additional 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

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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CONTACTS: 

Shari Mesulam, American Film Institute, 323.856.7672 or festpublicity@AFI.com

Liza Ameen, American Film Institute, 323.856.7885 or LAmeen@AFI.com