afi fest 2015 – American Film Institute

The AFI Interview: SON OF SAUL Cinematographer Mátyás Erdély

László Nemes’s harrowing portrait of a Sonderkommando in the final days of Auschwitz, SON OF SAUL stunned Cannes upon its world premiere, landing the festival’s Grand Jury Prize and making the festival rounds before playing at AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi. We spoke with cinematographer and AFI Conservatory alumnus Mátyás Erdély about how he…

Look Back at AFI FEST 2015’s Cultural Supporters

This year, many cultural supporters helped celebrate AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi. These guests included consul generals, cultural representatives and filmmakers hailing from 15 countries, proving that the love of world cinema can speak one language. Events such as the Awards Brunch, the Filmmaker Welcome Dinner, the Francophone reception and the YOUTH reception for…

AFI FEST 2015 Award Winners Announced

AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi has announced the features and short films that received this year’s Jury and Audience Awards. Select award-winning films will screen again on November 12, 2015 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. Grand Jury Award for Live Action Short: BOYS Grand Jury Award for Animated Short: WORLD OF TOMORROW Live Action Short Special Mention for…

The AFI FEST Interview: MEN GO TO BATTLE Director Zachary Treitz

Director Zachary Treitz’s MEN GO TO BATTLE, which is eligible for the AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi American Independents Audience Award, follows two young farmers, Francis and Henry Mellon as they eke out a living in the rural Kentucky countryside in 1861. As the Civil War plays out in the distance, the brothers focus…

POSSIBILIA: Encouraging the Audience to Interact with the Story

One of the interactive films featured in the State of the Art technology showcase, POSSIBILIA, is directed by the Grammy®-nominated filmmaking duo The Daniels (TURN DOWN FOR WHAT, 2014). The film’s interactive storytelling transforms viewers into active participants in the contentious relationship of two young lovers named Paulina and Rick. Playing in the Cinema Lounge…

The AFI FEST Interview: 45 YEARS Director Andrew Haigh

45 YEARS, British director Andrew Haigh’s follow-up to his acclaimed gay relationship drama WEEKEND (2012), is a deceptively low-key film that packs a powerful emotional punch. UK screen icons — and AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi Tribute recipients — Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay star as Kate and Geoff Mercer, a couple one week away…

The AFI FEST Interview: VR Artist Chris Milk

This year, AFI FEST presented by Audi invites attendees to sample emerging technology in the exciting arena of immersive storytelling and Virtual Reality (VR). A highlight of this section is Chris Milk’s EVOLUTION OF VERSE from Vrse.works, a photorealistic, CG-rendered 3D Virtual Reality film that takes the viewer on a journey “from one beginning to…

The AFI FEST Interview: MA Director Celia Rowlson-Hall

MA, screening in AFI FEST’s Breakthrough section, is a modern-day retelling of Mother Mary’s pilgrimage. With a background in choreography, director and star Celia Rowlson–Hall envisions the Virgin figure as a lanky, lonely woman who emerges from the desert. She meets a man, and they spend the next few days acting out hyperbolic representations of…

Meet the 11 New Auteurs of AFI FEST

New Auteurs is the juried competition section of AFI FEST.  The films, all made by first- or second-time filmmakers, represent some of the best of world cinema from new voices we’re excited to hear more from in the future. We spoke with each of these 11 filmmakers about their films, and what they hope AFI FEST…

The AFI FEST Interview: THE 33 Director Patricia Riggen

In AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi Centerpiece Gala THE 33, Mexican-born director Patricia Riggen tells the true-life story of the 2010 Chilean mine disaster in which a 100-year-old copper and gold mine collapse left 33 miners trapped deep underground for 69 days. As their families watched helplessly and rescuers drill through 2,300 feet of…

Join a Conversation with Director Scott Cooper and Johnny Depp at AFI FEST

AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi has added a new event to the festival – A Conversation with Director Scott Cooper and Johnny Depp. The two will discuss their recent collaboration on BLACK MASS (2015) in an evening moderated by Variety Deputy Awards and Features Editor Jenelle Riley. The Conversation will take place at AFI FEST…

The AFI FEST Interview: CHRONIC Director Michel Franco

Mexican director Michel Franco, whose acclaimed teenage bullying drama AFTER LUCIA screened at AFI FEST in 2012, returns this year with CHRONIC, an intense, uncompromising portrait of a palliative nurse working with chronically and terminally ill patients. Tim Roth gives a stunning, slow-burn performance as David, who selflessly and efficiently tends to his patients’ pain…
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