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  • 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 SHORTS LINEUP REVEALED

Shorts Award Winners Eligible for Academy Awards®

AFI FEST Schedule Available Today on AFI.com


FOR 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. As the only juried section of the festival, the Grand Jury Award winners for Live Action and Animated Short will be eligible for the 2019 Best Live Action Short and Best Animated Short Academy Awards®. The Shorts jury is 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).

Dates and times for all AFI FEST screenings are now available at AFI.com.

SHORTS

III – A sudden meeting of a man and a woman begins a hypnotic act — a game of pleasure and discomfort. III is a portrait of a woman in an exhausting relationship with a man, which allures and repulses at the same time. DIR Marta Pajek. SCR Marta Pajek. Poland

49 MILE SCENIC DRIVE – The compelling and amusing story behind one of San Francisco's most visually arresting signposts and the design change that tarnished a legacy. DIR Bradley Smith, Tyler McPherron. USA

ADA – Ada is an unlikeable competitive walker who makes a dress out of toilet paper and has an unfortunate run-in with a hose.  DIR Eleanore Pienta. USA

ALL INCLUSIVE – Under the spell of mass entertainment on the high seas. DIR Corina Schwingruber Ilić. Switzerland

APPLIED PRESSURE – Ease the pain from past physical and mental distress. The body remembers. Aches may linger. Lay prone, breathe deeply, release tension, let go of the pain. DIR Kelly Sears. USA

BABY BROTHER – My baby brother moves back in with our parents. DIR Kamau Bilal. USA

BIRDIE – A casual gesture of friendliness quickly spirals into a paralyzing moment for a woman on a train. DIR Shelly Lauman. Australia

BLOOMSTREET 11 (BLOEISTRAAT 11) – As summer progresses, the bodies of inseparable best friends start to morph and shift as puberty interrupts their bond.  DIR Nienke Deutz. Belgium, Netherlands

CAT DAYS (NEKO NO HI) – Jiro, a little boy, feels sick. His father takes him to the doctor. She diagnoses a harmless condition, but it shakes the core of the boy's identity. DIR Jon Frickey. Germany, Japan

COME ON MANDY – A wheelchair-bound woman trying to get her dog to come when she calls. DIR Joshua Wilmott. USA

CONCUSSION PROTOCOL – By the end of the 2017-18 season, more than 250 players in the NFL will have sustained concussions. For his latest project, data artist Josh Begley tracked these injuries. DIR Josh Begley. USA

COUNTERFEIT KUNKOO – In a city that houses millions, Smita discovers a strange prerequisite for renting a house in middle-class Mumbai. She would make an ideal tenant, except for one glaring flaw — she is an Indian woman without a husband. DIR Reema Sengupta. India

CYCLISTS (BICIKLISTI) – During the final race of the cycling season, two men in the lead compete for more than the Grand Trophy. DIR Veljko Popovic. Croatia, France

DESERT RATS – Out in the Salt Flats, people think nothing can survive, but Lily did. DIR Shaz Bennett. USA

DOWN THERE – A blissful night is unexpectedly interrupted by a sound from downstairs. Different reactions are triggered as well as indifference. DIR Zhengfan Yang. China, France

DULCE – In coastal Colombia, a mother teaches her daughter how to swim, so that she may go to the mangroves and harvest piangua shellfish with other women in the village.  DIR Angello Faccini, Guille Isa. Colombia, USA

EGG – A woman is locked in her home with an egg. She eats the egg, she repents. She kills it. She lets the egg die of hunger. DIR Martina Scarpelli. France, Denmark

FAUVE – Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer. DIR Jeremy Comte. Canada

GINGERBREAD – In 1862, during the bloodiest days of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln reluctantly agrees to join Mary Todd in a séance to contact their recently departed son. DIR Kendell Courtney Klein. USA

GOD NEVER DIES (DIOS NUNCA MUERE) – Living in hidden America, Paula, a Mexican farmworker, struggles to raise her two children on her own. DIR Barbara Cigarroa. USA, Ireland

GOOD PEOPLE – Overwhelmed by guilt after an intense affair, Emma returns home to her family hoping to reconnect with her husband. An AFI Conservatory thesis film. DIR Gregory Kohn. USA

HAIR WOLF – The staff of a black hair salon fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture. DIR Mariama Diallo. USA

HALF A CHICKEN – Bryan struggles to keep to his chicken alive. DIR Sarah Ginsburg, Will Lennon. USA

INSTINCT – A psychosexual thriller about Isabelle, a lonely gallery owner, who meets a dangerously seductive performance artist and discovers they have more in common than expected. An AFI Conservatory thesis film. DIR Maria Alice Arida. USA

IRISH PRINCE – When an older Irish gentleman reveals to his pals how he met his wife, the story turns out to be a lot more familiar than expected. DIR Joey Garfield. USA

JEOM – A strange and wonderful story about a special connection between father and son. DIR Kangmin Kim. USA

A LITTLE BREAK (LES PETITES VACANCES) – While on their summer break, two young women explore their sexuality. DIR Louise Groult. France

MAGIC ’85 – During the height of the AIDS epidemic in LA, Gabriel, a lonely hospice worker, helps lead his patients to a conscious death. An AFI Conservatory thesis Film. DIR Annika Kurnick. USA

MAGIC ALPS – An Afghani refugee arrives in Italy with his goat and seeks political asylum for both of them. DIR Andrea Brusa, Marco Scotuzzi. Italy

MATRIA – Faced with the challenges presented by her daily routine, Ramona tries to take refuge in the relationship that ties her to her daughter and granddaughter. DIR Alvaro Gago. Spain

METEORITE – Bird men suffer mysterious falls in the search for where the sun rises. An altered reality through rites that converge in one objective: die to generate life. DIR Mauricio Sáenz. Mexico

NORMAL APPEARANCES – An unsettling supercut of the women of #BachelorNation watching themselves being watched. DIR Penny Lane. USA

THE ORPHAN (O ÓRFÃO) – Jonathas is adopted but then returned due to his "different" way. Inspired by true events. DIR Carolina Markowicz. Brazil

PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE. – 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. DIR Rayka Zehtabchi. USA

PIU PIU – A restless young woman yearns to escape the confines of romance in order to find her superpower. DIR Naima Ramos-Chapman. USA

REBIRTH IS NECESSARY – A video-art film exploring the magic and dynamism of Blackness in a realm where time and space are altered. DIR Jenn Nkiru. UK

SHE (AJO) – To escape an early marriage arranged by her father, Zana has to make a courageous decision. DIR More Raca. Kosovo

A SIEGE (OSTROM) – A lonely woman in war-torn Sarajevo embarks on a journey to find water, and neither her neighbors nor sniper fire can stop her. DIR István Kovács. Hungary

THE SUMMER OF THE ELECTRIC LION (EL VERANO DEL LEON ELECTRICO) – Hidden in a house far from the city, Alonso accompanies his dear sister, Daniela. She expects to become the seventh wife of The Lion, a prophet who (according to stories) electrocutes you when you touch him. DIR Diego Céspedes. Chile

UMBRA (TARIKI) – A few minutes after midnight, a young woman realizes that her partner has disappeared after sex. Worried, she goes out to find him in the dark streets. DIR Saeed Jafarian. Iran

WAR PAINT – A young, South LA black girl experiences a series of events that intersect racism and sexism during the Fourth of July holiday. An AFI Directing Workshop for Women film. DIR Katrelle Kindred. USA

THE WATER SLIDE – Tragedy strikes the world's tallest water slide. DIR Nathan Truesdell.  USA

WHERE THE WATER RUNS – During the most drastic and prolonged drought in California history, a water truck delivery driver uses his resources to return water to the communities that need it most. An AFI Conservatory thesis film. DIR DuBois Ashong. USA

WHILE I YET LIVE – Five acclaimed African-American quilters from Gee's Bend, Alabama, talk about love, religion and the fight for civil rights as they continue the tradition of quilting that originally brought them together. DIR Maris Curran. USA

X – X, a young black kid, wanders through Los Angeles while confronting the difficult realities of adolescence while being black in America. DIR Yara Shahidi. USA

YAEL (CONCEPTION: YAEL) – Becoming a mother is one of the most transformative life experiences. DIR Margaret Cheatham Williams, Jordan Bruner. USA

YASAMIN – Amid the Iranian Hostage Crisis, Yasamin moves to the USA and navigates the trials and tribulations of assimilation through the waxing of a unibrow. DIR Julia Elihu. USA

As Previously Announced

AFI FEST takes place November 8–15, 2018, 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 and The Hollywood Roosevelt. 

The Opening Night Gala will be the World Premiere of ON THE BASIS OF SEX (directed by AFI Conservatory alumna Mimi Leder) and the Closing Night Gala will be the World Premiere of MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (directed by Josie Rourke).  Visit AFI.com/AFIFEST to view the entirety of this year’s previously announced programming.

AFI FEST will once again bring 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.  Audi was born with a vision of boldly challenging the status quo and is bound by a promise to imaginatively innovate.  That same progressive spirit drives Audi's iconic partnership with the American Film Institute.

Audi has collaborated with AFI to celebrate the history of the motion picture, honoring filmmakers and their work and educating the next generation of storytellers.  Inspired by a commitment to drive progress, Audi joined forces with AFI to expand the alliance by creating the Audi Fellowship for Women, which supports one female director for her entire two-year AFI Conservatory enrollment. The next Audi Fellow will be announced in 2019.

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

Go to AFI.com now to purchase Patron Packages, which can include access to Galas and other high-demand films and events. A limited number of individual tickets will be available free of charge on AFI.com beginning October 30.

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 takes 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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