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American Film Institute and Library of Congress Will Celebrate AFI’s 50th Anniversary

AFI today announced plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a Gala dinner in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress (LOC) in Washington, DC, on November 1, 2017 — commemorating the Institute’s roots in the nation’s capital and shining a light on five decades of partnership with the LOC to preserve America’s precious motion…

Announcing AFI FEST 2017 Centerpiece Galas and Tribute

AFI has revealed 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. On…

Meet the Press Film Festival With AFI Official Selections Announced

The Meet the Press Film Festival in Collaboration With the American Film Institute has announced its full slate of official selections — 16 short-length political documentaries produced by filmmakers from across the country. The inaugural film festival will be held at the Landmark Atlantic Plumbing Cinema in Washington, DC, on the evening of November 13….

AFI FEST 2017 New Auteurs and American Independents Lineups Announced

AFI has announced the films that will be featured in the New Auteurs and American Independents sections at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi.

MUDBOUND Will Open AFI FEST 2017

AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi will open with the Netflix film MUDBOUND. Directed by Dee Rees and co-written by Virgil Williams and Rees, the historical period drama features cinematography by AFI Conservatory alumna Rachel Morrison (Class of 2006). The film stars Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Jason Clarke, Jonathan Banks,…

George Clooney to Receive 46th AFI Life Achievement Award

Actor, director, writer and producer George Clooney will be the recipient of the 46th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film.  The award will be presented to Clooney at a Gala Tribute on June 7, 2018, in Los Angeles, CA.  The AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute special will return for…

Watch: IT Director Andy Muschietti on Creating the Film’s Monster

This past month, filmmaker Andy Muschietti (MAMA) came to the AFI campus to present and discuss his new film IT with AFI Conservatory Fellows. Based on the Stephen King bestseller, the film follows a ragtag group of misfits determined to take down a manifestation of evil known as Pennywise, an evil clown that feeds on…

“Becoming AFI” Available October 10

On October 10, AFI President Emerita Jean Picker Firstenberg will release her book “Becoming AFI: 50 Years Inside the American Film Institute,” co-authored by former longtime COO of AFI James Hindman. Written in a unique memoir style, “Becoming AFI” offers a candid look at how AFI has brought together aspiring filmmakers, outstanding educators and visionary…

MOTHER! Director Darren Aronofsky, Cinematographer Matthew Libatique and Production Designer Philip Messina At AFI

This past weekend, MOTHER! director/writer Darren Aronosky (AFI Class of 1992), cinematographer Matthew Libatique (AFI Class of 1992) and production designer Philip Messina presented and discussed their provocative film with AFI Conservatory Fellows on campus. The film stars Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence as a couple whose idyllic existence in a sprawling Victorian house —…

AFI FEST to Present Robert Altman Retrospective – Watch Videos

Today AFI has announced an inaugural, annual retrospective to spotlight one filmmaker of global significance, as part of AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi, running November 9–16, 2017, in Hollywood, CA.

Vote Now in the VIZIO + Dolby Vision Filmmaker Challenge

Established to celebrate excellence in the art of storytelling and advancements in filmmaking, the second annual VIZIO + Dolby Vision™ Filmmaker Challenge inspires rising cinematographers to showcase their filmmaking prowess. The contest invited second-year Fellows from the AFI Conservatory — the American Film Institute’s renowned film training program — to submit their films. From the pool of…

Interview: AFI Conservatory Alumna Mimi Leder on Directing THE LEFTOVERS

As an executive producer and director on HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS, Mimi Leder (AFI Class of 1973, Cinematography) brought her deft storytelling touch to the recent series finale. But her work has extended well beyond the prestige mystery series, with Primetime Emmy wins and nominations for ER, THE WEST WING and CHINA BEACH, and film-directing credits…
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