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  • 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 2018 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES AUDIENCE AND JURY AWARD WINNERS

Jury Award Winners Eligible for Short Film Oscar®Categories

Live-Action Short Winner Is AFI Directing Workshop for Women Short WAR PAINT

FOR 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 – Feature
THE 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 – Short

PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE. (DIR Rayka Zehtabchi)

In an effort to improve feminine hygiene, a machine that creates low-cost biodegradable sanitary pads is installed in a rural village in Northern India.

Grand Jury Award – Live-Action Short

WAR PAINT (DIR Katrelle Kindred)

Jury Statement: “We picked this film for its powerful intersectional narrative which focuses on the difficult aspects of one girl’s coming of age.”

In WAR PAINT, a young, South LA black girl experiences a series of events that intersect racism and sexism during the Fourth of July holiday. Katrelle Kindred (AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Class of 2018) directed WAR PAINT in 2017 as her AFI DWW short. The film world-premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

Grand Jury Award – Animated Short

EGG (DIR Martina Scarpelli)

Jury Statement: “We chose this film for its visceral portrayal of the relationship between a woman and her body.”

In an effort to improve feminine hygiene, a machine that creates low-cost biodegradable sanitary pads is installed in a rural village in Northern India.

Honorable Mention for Social Impact Short

MAGIC ALPS (DIR Andrea Brusa, Marco Scotuzzi)

In MAGIC ALPS, an Afghani refugee arrives in Italy with his goat and seeks political asylum for both of them.

Honorable Mention for Best Documentary Short
PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE. (DIR Rayka Zehtabchi)

Honorable Mention for Acting – Short
Vedrana Bozinovic, A SIEGE

In A SIEGE, a lonely woman in war-torn Sarajevo embarks on a journey to find water, and neither her neighbors nor sniper fire can stop her.

The Shorts jury was comprised of Alison Becker (actor on PARKS AND RECREATION, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM), Chinonye Chukwu (director/writer), Alicia Malone (host on Turner Classic Movies), Michael Mohan (co-creator of the Netflix original series EVERYTHING SUCKS!), Eliza Skinner (comedian and writer on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN) and Sasheer Zamata (comedian, actress, writer and former SNL cast member).

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

AFI FEST once again brought the best in global cinema to Los Angeles thanks to the visionary support of Audi — now in its 15th consecutive year as Presenting Sponsor of the festival. 

The complete AFI FEST program included 135 titles (84 features, four episodic, 47 shorts), representing 45 countries, including 65 films directed by women, 29 documentaries and nine animated films. This year’s program includes nine official Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®submissions, and 24 films featuring 52 AFI Conservatory alumni credits, throughout the sections.The breakdown by section is Galas (8), Special Screenings (13), World Cinema (28), New Auteurs (18), American Independents (11), Midnight (4), Cinema’s Legacy (6) and Shorts (47). 

The many highlights of the festival included Conversations with Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Natalie Portman and Rob Marshall; the Indie Contenders Roundtable featuring Willem Dafoe, Richard E. Grant, Kathryn Hahn, Felicity Jones, Joanna Kulig, Thomasin McKenzie, Rosamund Pike and John C. Reilly; the Doc Roundtable featuring filmmakers Alexis Bloom (DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES), Talal Derki (OF FATHERS AND SONS), Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (FREE SOLO), Morgan Neville (WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?), RaMell Ross (HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING), Jed Rothstein (ENEMIES: THE PRESIDENT, JUSTICE & THE FBI), Sandi Tan (SHIRKERS), Rudy Valdez (THE SENTENCE) and Betsy West (RBG); a panel with foreign filmmakers Rima Das (VILLAGE ROCKSTARS), Sophie Dupuis (FAMILY FIRST), Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (NEVER LOOK AWAY) and László Nemes (SUNSET); a panel with female film critics; and much more.

Additional guests and artists who attended the festival included Christopher Abbott, Mahershala Ali, Joe Alwyn, Ann-Margret, Alan Arkin, Jon S. Baird, Susanne Bier, Alison Brie, Sandra Bullock, Carter Burwell, Linda Cardellini, Ethan and Joel Coen, Steve Coogan, Brady Corbet, Paul Dano, Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Douglas, Lisa Edelstein, Peter Farrelly, Gillian Flynn, Andrew Garfield, Teddy Geiger, Lukas Haas, Armie Hammer, Marielle Heller, Shirley Henderson, Zoe Kazan, Karyn Kusama, Yorgos Lanthimos, Mimi Leder (AFI Class of 1973), Machine Gun Kelly, Frances McDormand, Steve McQueen, David Robert Mitchell, Viggo Mortensen, Tim Blake Nelson, Pawel Pawlikowski, Trevante Rhodes, Margot Robbie, Michelle Rodriguez, Josie Rourke, Taylor Schilling, Yara Shahidi, Sebastian Stan, Justin Theroux, Nancy Travis, Matt Walsh, Sam Waterston, Jacki Weaver and Beau Willimon.

Audi was the exclusive presenting sponsor of AFI FEST 2018. Additional top sponsors included AT&T and American Airlines, the official airline of AFI.

About the American Film Institute

The American Film Institute was established by presidential proclamation in the White House Rose Garden, and launched its national mandate 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. AFI's founding Trustees included Chairman Gregory Peck, Vice Chairman Sidney Poitier, Francis Ford Coppola, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Jack Valenti and George Stevens, Jr., as Director.

For more information about AFI, visit AFI.com or connect with AFI at twitter.com/AmericanFilm, facebook.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 32nd 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 took place November 8–15, 2018. 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. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands, delivering about 1.878 million vehicles globally in 2017. In the U.S., Audi of America sold nearly 227,000 vehicles in 2017 and broke all-time company sales records for the eighth straight year. Visit audiusa.com or media.audiusa.com for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.

      

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