AFI DOCS 2020 – American Film Institute

A Look Back at the AFI DOCS 2020 Virtual World Premieres

Congratulations to all the films that had their Virtual World Premiere at AFI DOCS 2020! BLOOD ON THE WALL Directed by Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested A devastating chronicle of the events that would lead thousands of desperate Central American families to walk hundreds of miles through Mexico to seek asylum at the United States…

ICYMI: AFI DOCS Forum Panels on Netflix’s CRIP CAMP and ATHLETE A

This year’s AFI DOCS Forum brought together filmmakers, industry leaders, journalists, film subjects and activists for thought-provoking and informative discussions, including two AFI DOCS Forum panels featuring Netflix films: CRIP CAMP: A DISABILITY REVOLUTION and ATHLETE A. Winner of the 2020 Sundance Audience Award, CRIP CAMP: A DISABILITY REVOLUTION is a rare combination of personal…

Highlights From the AFI DOCS 2020 Virtual Festival

Brought to you by AT&T AFI’s five-day online festival celebrating the best in documentary, supported by Presenting Sponsor AT&T, has wrapped – and the 18th edition of the festival was unlike no other: it was held completely online. With over 50 films from 11 countries – 61% directed by women – the lineup explored social…

AFI DOCS Announces 2020 Award Winners

Congratulations to all the films and filmmakers that screened at AFI DOCS 2020! The five-day online festival ran June 17-21 and included live Q&A’s with filmmakers and DOCS Forum events with industry leaders and activist. The festival’s Audience Award for Best Feature went to TRANSHOOD, directed by Sharon Liese. The Audience Award for Best Short…

AFI DOCS: Loira Limbal on THROUGH THE NIGHT

“‘A country without documentary cinema is like a family without a photo album.’ That quote by Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman best encapsulates my feelings on the importance of documentary cinema.”-Loira Limbal, director of THROUGH THE NIGHT Any working parent can tell you how vital childcare providers are to their lives. As America’s economy requires more…

AFI DOCS: Your Guide to Shorts Program 3

Watch the best in short nonfiction films at AFI DOCS, June 18-21. Get your ticket here. Curated from hundreds of entries, this year’s short films highlight unique voices from around the world – presented in four programs. Following the screening, watch a recorded discussion with the films’ directors.   ABORTION HELPLINE, THIS IS LISA –…

AFI DOCS: Your Guide to Shorts Program 2

Watch the best in short nonfiction films at AFI DOCS, June 18-21. Get your ticket here. Curated from hundreds of entries, this year’s short films highlight unique voices from around the world – presented in four programs. Following the screening, watch a recorded discussion with the films’ directors.   8:08 HOW WE RESPOND – directed…

AFI DOCS: Your Guide to Shorts Program 4

Watch the best in short nonfiction films at AFI DOCS, June 18-21. Get your ticket here. Curated from hundreds of entries, this year’s short films highlight unique voices from around the world – presented in four programs. Following the screening, watch a recorded discussion with the films’ directors.   BLACKFEET BOXING: NOT INVISIBLE, directed by Kristen Lappas…

AFI DOCS: Michelle Ferrari on THE VOTE

“To me, it’s a rare art that can entertain and enlighten even as it informs – that can make you think differently – and festivals that showcase and promote documentaries are critical to keeping that art form alive.” -Michelle Ferrari, THE VOTE THE VOTE  is having its Virtual World Premiere at AFI DOCS 2020. Two episodes…

AFI DOCS: Your Guide to Shorts Program 1

Watch the best in short nonfiction films at AFI DOCS, June 18-21. Get your ticket here. Following the program, watch a recorded discussion with directors Tal Amiran (DAFA METTI), Jesse Auritt (THE PAINT WIZZARD), Kira Dane (MIZUKO), Alison Klayman (FLOWER PUNK), Alexandra Lazarowich (LAKE) and Martyna Starosta (ELEVATOR PITCH).   From Martyna Starosta about her approach…

AFI DOCS: Maria Finitzo on DILEMMA OF DESIRE 

DILEMMA OF DESIRE, the latest film from two-time Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker Maria Finitzo, follows a motley crew of unstoppable women, comprised of artists, educators, scientists, strippers and sex toy designers, who have made it their mission to dismantle internalized sexism and begin to repair the dissociated relationships many women have to their own bodies.  …

AFI DOCS: Daniel Lombroso on WHITE NOISE

“White nationalism, conspiracy theories, and hate are surging in the U.S. and around the world. WHITE NOISE situates you within this movement, so that you can see and feel how deep it runs…We have to understand the seductive power of extremism in order to neutralize it.” -Daniel Lombroso, director of WHITE NOISE The film screened…
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