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AFI FEST Interview: JUST MERCY Director/Co-Writer Destin Daniel Cretton

JUST MERCY plays as a Special Screening at AFI FEST on Saturday, November 16 at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. Writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton is an indie darling with credits, including the award-winning drama SHORT TERM 12 and THE GLASS CASTLE — an adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ 2005 bestselling memoir. This spring Marvel came…

AFI FEST Interview: HALA Writer/Director Minhal Baig

HALA plays as part of the New Auteurs section at AFI FEST at the TCL Chinese Theatres on Monday, November 18 and Wednesday, November 20. Buy tickets to the screening here. Writer/director Minhal Baig has steadily proven herself a force within the independent film world with her first feature, ONE NIGHT, and now HALA, which…

AFI FEST Interview: ALAN PAKULA: GOING FOR TRUTH director Matthew Miele

Producer/director/writer Alan J. Pakula created some of the most emotionally penetrating, culturally significant and artistically brilliant films of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. AFI FEST 2019 will celebrate the master filmmaker with a tribute featuring three of his all-time classics: KLUTE, SOPHIE’S CHOICE and THE STERILE CUCKOO. Filmmaker Matthew Miele’s insightful documentary ALAN J. PAKULA:…

AFI Conservatory Application Deadline is December 1st!

Your best work starts here – as long as you submit your application on time! If you are considering applying to the AFI Conservatory or have already started your application, you already know that AFI is more than an academic experience in the art of moviemaking. At AFI, filmmaking comes first, and Fellows actively participate…

AFI FEST Interview: AND THEN WE DANCED Writer/Director Levan Akin

AND THEN WE DANCED plays as part of the World Cinema section at AFI FEST at the TCL Chinese Theatres on Wednesday, November 20 and Thursday, November 21. Buy tickets to the screening here. Premiering in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, Levan Akin’s third feature, AND THEN WE DANCED, is about a young dancer struggling…

AFI FEST Interview: QUEEN & SLIM Writer Lena Waithe

Although initially known as an onscreen performer, Lena Waithe turned heads when she wrote the poignant Thanksgiving episode of MASTER OF NONE in which, over a series of Thanksgivings, a young woman embraces her sexuality as she struggles to come out to her family. Not only was the episode critically hailed, but it also earned…

Just Added to AFI FEST 2019: A Tribute to Martin Scorsese

AFI announced today that AFI FEST 2019 presented by Audi will honor Martin Scorsese with a Tribute on Friday, November 15 at the TCL Chinese Theatre. The evening will celebrate the AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award® winner’s indelible impact on culture as one cinema’s most acclaimed filmmakers. “Martin Scorsese is an American…

Wondering What to See at AFI Fest 2019? Here are Some Programmer Highlights

This week's announcement of the full AFI FEST 2019 presented by Audi lineup marks the culmination of many months of screening, reviewing and whittling down thousands of film entries by our dedicated team of festival programmers. In the end emerges a dynamic showcase that includes world premiere Galas, rising new auteurs, a brand-new documentary section...

AFI Alumnus David Lynch Receives Honorary Oscar

On October 27, the Academy of Arts and Sciences awarded David Lynch (AFI Class of 1970) with an honorary Oscar® at the Governors Awards. The award was presented by his long-time collaborators Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern and Isabella Rossellini, and the star-studded audience gave Lynch a standing ovation. Lynch has been previously recognized by the…

Watch: Ang Lee on 3D as an Art Form

During a recent Harold Lloyd Master Seminar for AFI Conservatory Fellows moderated by Dean Susan Ruskin, Academy Award® winner Ang Lee discussed the making of his latest 3D film GEMINI MAN starring Will Smith and his hopes for the nascent film technology. The master storyteller believes “3D is not visual effects. It’s a language… I…

AFI FEST 2019 Announces Full Program

The program for this year’s AFI FEST presented by Audi includes 142 titles of which 51% are directed by women. The New Auteurs section highlighting emerging directors features 24 films, with 17 helmed by female filmmakers. The section also includes two official International Feature Film Oscar® submissions: Morocco’s ADAM and Russia’s BEANPOLE. Over in the…

AFI Summit to debut at AFI FEST

AFI announced today the program for the inaugural AFI Summit that will take place at AFI FEST 2019 presented by Audi. The six-day forum of intimate conversations and dynamic panel discussions will feature acclaimed and thought-provoking filmmakers, industry leaders and academics who are making a difference. BUY A PASS TO AFI FEST 2019 DOC ROUNDTABLE…
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