AFI Announces 2020 AFI DOCS Film Festival Dates – American Film Institute

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AFI Announces 2020 AFI DOCS Film Festival Dates

The 2020 edition of AFI DOCS is going virtual! AFI announced today that AFI DOCS will showcase current non-fiction fare in a re-imagined online film festival June 17–21.

“AFI is committed to the documentary art form in the best of times and in the most challenging of times,” said Michael Lumpkin, Director of AFI Festivals. “Now more than ever, we are dedicated to supporting extraordinary films because the world needs stories that educate, inspire hope and remind us of humanity’s strength. AFI DOCS is here to help.”

AFI DOCS 2020 will open with the award-winning Apple and A24 film BOYS STATE, directed by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, on June 17, followed by a Q&A. The Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning film follows a group of teenage boys at an annual civics program hosted by the American Legion in Austin, Texas, where attendees create a mock government and campaign for leadership and party platforms. Exploring politics through a coming-of-age lens, the result reveals American democracy and political division at its most hopeful and terrifying moments.

The festival is proud to also announce the return of AT&T as Presenting Sponsor for the seventh consecutive year – their continued support enables AFI DOCS to connect audiences, policymakers and storytellers across the nation.

The AFI DOCS 2020 program will be presented in the following sections: Special Presentations, Features, Cinema’s Legacy and Shorts, as well as a virtual AFI DOCS Forum. Apple TV+, A24, Audience Network, HBO, National Geographic, PBS and The Atlantic will all have films in the festival.

The festival will also include a Cinema’s Legacy program, featuring historically notable non-fiction films that have made an impact on the documentary art form. In one of the most challenging general election years in modern times, this year’s program will be dedicated to films documenting landmark moments in our nation’s political history.

AFI DOCS Shorts Program will feature more than 20 documentary shorts screening in four curated programs. Each shorts program will be available to screen from June 18 through June 21.

Passes to AFI DOCS will be available for purchase on June 1 and the full slate will be announced on June 10. More ticket information will be available soon!

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Comments (4)

Virginia Quesada

Thank you for creating a virtual festival!



Elaine Douglas-Harrison

I look forward, if it’s not too expensive!



Mary Speyer

Great news!



Jean Christensen

Thank you! Please send more details. 🙂


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