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A Dialogue Among AFI Fellows

The AFI Conservatory convened its Fellows tonight for an open dialogue about the issues surrounding THE BIRTH OF A NATION. The conversation was led by Elvis Mitchell, one of our country’s most respected film historians and a member of the AFI faculty as well as AFI screenwriting alumna Brennan Peters. Keeping with the long-held traditions…

World Premiere of Warren Beatty’s RULES DON’T APPLY Will Open AFI FEST 2016

The world premiere of 20th Century Fox’s RULES DON’T APPLY — written, directed, produced by and starring AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award® winner Warren Beatty — will be the Opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi on Thursday, November 10, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA….

AFI FEST 2016 Cinema’s Legacy Lineup

AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi has announced its annual Cinema’s Legacy lineup. This section highlights classic movies and, this year, is comprised of nine iconic titles from film history, including Orson Welles’ masterpiece CITIZEN KANE (1941), along with films featuring the three female film trailblazers adorning this year’s festival key art: CARMEN JONES (1954), starring…

Watch: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kobe Bryant & More Salute John Williams

Back in June, movie maestro John Williams took to the Dolby Theatre stage in Hollywood to accept the AFI Life Achievement Award before an audience of his closest friends and collaborators — including award presenter Steven Spielberg, who has collaborated with the composer on more than 25 projects. The night’s starry guests and speakers also included actors Drew…

LISTEN: Our John Williams Playlist on Spotify

As AFI gets ready to salute John Williams for the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute on June 9, look back at the storied sounds from the great film composer. From classic tracks from the STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES films, to highlights from Williams’ E.T. The EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, SCHINDLER’S LIST and SUPERMAN scores and themes…

FRONTMAN Wins VIZIO + Dolby Vision Filmmaker Challenge

VIZIO, Inc. has announced today that AFI Conservatory Class of 2015 Cinematographer Todd Sheridan’s FRONTMAN (an AFI thesis film directed by Matthew Gentile, Class of 2015) is the winning selection in the VIZIO + Dolby Vision™ Filmmaker Challenge. FRONTMAN scored highest out of five finalists by a panel of judges. Clinching the top prize, Sheridan…

Congrats to AFI Conservatory’s Emmy-Nominated Alumni

Thursday morning’s 68th Annual Primetime Emmy® Awards announcement featured 22 AFI Conservatory alumni up for a total of 20 nominations. A record total of 50 alumni worked on 25 nominated programs — adding to a 2016 winning streak that has included 12 Television Critics Association Award nominations, three Cannes Film Festival prizes, five Academy Award®…

Stream These 10 AFI FEST Short Films

In anticipation of the final submissions deadline next week (July 15), AFI FEST showcases some of the short films that have screened at the festival in previous years. These shorts range from narrative to documentary to animation and even border on experimental. The AFI FEST programming team loves to champion shorts that are a little on…

Announcing the AFI DOCS 2016 Audience Award Winners

The American Film Institute has revealed the AFI DOCS 2016 Audience Award winners, concluding the five-day festival in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD. This year’s Audience Award for Best Feature went to MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE, directed by Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules (U.S.). This year’s Audience Award for Best Short went to…

The AFI DOCS Interview: SEVEN DAYS A WEEK Director Tal Amiran

In SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, Paul Saxton reflects on a long life behind the counter of his North London newspaper stand, 365 days a year at 4:40 a.m. for the last 36 years. The film won the Londonist Award for Best London Short Film at the London Short Film Festival. Ahead of the film’s AFI DOCS…

The AFI Interview: CONTEMPORARY COLOR Directors Bill and Turner Ross

Bill and Turner Ross are AFI FEST alumni with their film TCHOUPITOULAS (AFI FEST 2012). We caught up with them to talk about their latest documentary, CONTEMPORARY COLOR, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and will be screening this week at AFI DOCS. The film documents the Contemporary Color concerts organized by David Byrne, pairing a…

The AFI DOCS Interview: TRAIN SURFERS Director Adrien Cothier

In Adrien Cothier’s short film TRAIN SURFERS, thrill-seeking young men tempt fate doing stunts on Mumbai’s high-speed trains. AFI spoke to director Adrien Cothier ahead of the film’s AFI DOCS premiere. He is a New York-based filmmaker who cut his teeth working on the set of Wes Anderson’s FANTASTIC MR. FOX. What led you to documentary…
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