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AFI Bids Farewell to STAR TREK Maverick, D.C. Fontana

Earlier this week, the AFI Conservatory lost a dedicated faculty member and Hollywood lost a trailblazing writer with the passing of D.C. Fontana. She was the first female writer for STAR TREK and wrote 11 episodes of the original series, which ran for three seasons from 1966-69. She co-wrote the pilot for STAR TREK: THE…

Alumni Matching Challenge Needs You!

A very generous AFI alumnus has stepped forward to issue a challenge to raise $25,000 from AFI alumni by December 31. If we are successful in this Alumni Scholarship Challenge, this anonymous donor will match those gifts dollar for dollar! By donating to the Challenge, you will be making a difference for people like alumni…

AFI AWARDS 2019 Honorees Announced

Today, AFI announced the recipients of the 2019 AFI AWARDS.  The honorees include 10 outstanding films and 10 outstanding TV programs deemed culturally and artistically representative of this year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image. Now in its 20th year, AFI AWARDS is the only national program that honors creative teams…

AFI FEST 2019 Announces Audience and Jury Awards, 2020 Dates

AFI FEST 2019 presented by Audi announced today the films that received this year’s Jury and Audience awards. The Shorts section, which included 40 films from filmmakers from all over the world showcasing their distinct international viewpoints, was the only juried section of the festival. The Grand Jury Award winners for Live Action and Animated…

Watch: Indie Contenders Roundtable

On Sunday, November 17, AFI FEST presented by Audi hosted one of the festival’s most popular panels — the Indie Contenders Roundtable. The lively conversation focused on the panelists’ indie projects and the democratization of content. Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter columnist Scott Feinberg, the Roundtable featured major talent from the AFI FEST 2019 lineup…

MARRIAGE STORY to Close AFI FEST on Thursday

A Gala presentation of Netflix’s MARRIAGE STORY will close AFI FEST 2019 presented by Audi at the historic TCL Chinese Theater on Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are now available for this free screening, which will be attended by director Noah Baumbach and star Laura Dern. In what is being called one of his…

AFI Member Spotlight: Shanna Ingalsbee

For this year’s AFI FEST, Shanna Ingalsbee, who has been an AFI member since 2004, rushed back from a convention where she works as a public servant to volunteer at the festival for her 18th year in a row. It’s no surprise that Ingalsbee, who has a deep sense of justice as someone who works…

Watch: Eva Longoria and Dr. Stacy Smith at AFI Summit

Kicking off the AFI Summit at AFI FEST 2019 presented by Audi, Eva Longoria and Dr. Stacy Smith from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative had a frank and illuminating conversation about the alarming statistics involving the erasure of Latinx individuals in film, both behind and in front of the camera – and addressed a solutions-driven…

AFI FEST Interview: Hector Barajas and Miguel Perez from READY FOR WAR

Andrew Renzi’s startling documentary READY FOR WAR tells the heartbreaking immigration story of veterans of the Armed Services who, after having fought for the U.S. as a path to legal citizenship, find themselves without citizenship and facing deportation. The film will be screening at AFI FEST presented by Audi on November 19 and 20. We…

Kayla Emter on Editing HUSTLERS, Crafting a Strong Female Perspective and Being Inspired by OUT OF SIGHT

Based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York Magazine article, HUSTLERS follows strippers-turned-conwomen Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) and Destiny (Constance Wu) who band together in the aftermath of the 2008 Great Recession. To make ends meet, the women turn to drugging and running up the credit cards of their wealthy Wall Street clientele. Earning rave reviews out…

Your Guide to FEST Films Screening on Thursday, November 21

Films are listed in chronological order so you can find the ones that best fit your schedule!   12:00 p.m. OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE Granted intimate access to Sacks and his close circle during his final months, master filmmaker Ric Burns has crafted a deeply moving documentary that captures Sacks’ remarkable life and reveals…

Your Guide to FEST Films Screening on Wednesday, November 20

Films are listed in chronological order so you can find the ones that best fit your schedule!   12:00 p.m. BALLOON Seasoned filmmaker Pema Tseden crafts a delicate and beautiful story of free will and duty. Premiering at Venice and Toronto, BALLOON explores the complexities between reality and soul with a loving and mystical touch. Buy…
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