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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. The 32nd edition of AFI FEST will take place in Hollywood, CA, from November 8–15, 2018 at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX and TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt. Entries are now being accepted and filmmakers are invited to submit feature, documentary, experimental, animated and short films at AFI.com/AFIFEST or through Withoutabox.com. AFI FEST will have submission deadlines — early, official and final — for fiction shorts (under 30 minutes), nonfiction shorts (under 40 minutes), feature films and virtual reality (VR) submissions. 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®.

FEATURES, SHORTS AND VIRTUAL REALITY (VR)
Early Deadline – March 31
Official Deadline – May 4
Final Deadline – July 13

Audi will return as the exclusive Presenting Sponsor of AFI FEST, enabling the festival to host the very best of world cinema in Hollywood. At AFI FEST 2017, Audi showcased a custom installation, spotlighting women filmmakers and the Audi Fellowship for Women, created last year to support one female director and her entire two-year AFI Conservatory enrollment. Audi and their visionary support reflect a continuing commitment to create opportunities for equality in film and television.

AFI FEST is the only global film festival of its stature that is free to the public.

Filmmakers can email programming@AFI.com or call 866.AFI.FEST for more information about the submissions process.

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.

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 will take 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 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 Gregory Peck, Sidney Poitier, Francis Ford Coppola, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Jack Valenti and George Stevens, Jr., as Director.

In 1969, the AFI Conservatory opened its doors to an inaugural class that included Terrence Malick, Caleb Deschanel and Paul Schrader. Alumni of this elite MFA program include Andrea Arnold, Darren Aronofsky, Julie Dash, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kamiński, David Lynch and Robert Richardson, among others.