AFI FEST – American Film Institute

AFI FEST 2022 Announces Dates

We’re thrilled to announce that AFI FEST 2022 will take place Nov. 2-6, showcasing transformative stories from groundbreaking artists. You won’t want to miss the 36th edition of the longest running international film festival in Los Angeles which will feature an exciting lineup of narrative and documentary work, as well as post-screening Q&As with cast...

AFI FEST 2021 Announces Award Winners

Congratulations to the AFI FEST 2021 award winners! This year’s hybrid festival heralded a return to theaters – and it was electric. Check out this year's FEST filmmaker conversations, Q&As, red carpet photos and exclusive interviews with the stars and filmmakers here. And join us in celebrating the following Jury and Audience Award winners: Audience Award...
King Richard Film Still - Will Smith, Demi Singleton and Saniyya Sidney

AFI Movie Club: KING RICHARD

Based on the remarkable true story of a family whose unwavering resolve and unconditional belief ultimately delivers two of the world’s greatest sports legends , KING RICHARD (2021) stars Will Smith in the title role. Through their Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation, Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith– a Trustee of the American Film Institute...
Parallel Mothers Film Still - Penélope Cruz and Milena Smit

AFI Movie Club: PARALLEL MOTHERS

Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film, PARALLEL MOTHERS (2021),  follows two women Janis and Ana – both single mothers – from the moment they give birth to two daughters. Janis is thrilled by her accidental pregnancy, seeing it as perhaps her last chance at motherhood, while the adolescent Ana is scared and traumatized by the...
Swan Song Film Still - Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali

AFI Movie Club: SWAN SONG

Marking the debut feature from Academy Award®-winning writer/director Benjamin Cleary and making its world premiere at AFI FEST 2021, SWAN SONG (2021) features hauntingly elegiac cinematography by AFI Alum Masanobu Takayanagi (AFI Class of 2002). Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH SWAN SONG Screening as part of AFI FEST November 12 at 7:30 p.m. GET...
The Power of the Dog Film Still - Benedict Cumberbatch

AFI Movie Club: THE POWER OF THE DOG

The year is 1925. The Burbank brothers (Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons) are wealthy ranchers in Montana. Severe, pale-eyed, handsome, Phil Burbank is brutally beguiling. All of Phil’s romance, power and fragility is trapped in the past and in the land. He is a cowboy as raw as his hides. At the Red Mill restaurant...
tick, tick...BOOM! Film Still - Andrew Garfield

AFI Movie Club: tick, tick…BOOM!

Adapted from the autobiographical stage production by “Rent” creator Jonathan Larson, tick, tick...BOOM! (2021) marks the feature directorial debut of Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film premiered at AFI FEST 2021. Jon is a young theater composer who’s waiting tables at a New York City diner in 1990 while writing what he hopes will be the next great...

AFI FEST 2021: Feature Films Screening Virtually

FEST from home with this year's outstanding feature films and shorts programs! Join us for AFI FEST 2021, Nov. 10-14, 2021. Learn more about the films below and visit FEST.AFI.com for more curated lists, filmmaker videos and more. CITIZEN ASHE Following the virtual and theatrical screenings, watch a special conversation with director-producer Rex Miller and...

AFI FEST 2021: Festival Programming Intern Payton Ewalt Picks

By Festival Programming Intern Payton Ewalt I’d never imagined that the extent of my connection with AFI would go farther trying to complete the AFI 100 Greatest American Films list, but I was beyond lucky to participate in an internship this semester that allowed me to work closely with the amazing AFI FEST Programming team....

AFI FEST 2021: Strong Female Leads

The AFI FEST 2021 program is filled to the brim with powerful, outspoken and resilient women characters in both shorts and features. These women go beyond the classification of mother, daughter, sister or wife – some band together to form a Christian girl gang (MEDUSA), others bond over the shared desire to express their struggles...

AFI FEST 2021: Music Films

What do The Buzzcocks, Bob Dylan, and Bernstein have in common? What about rappers from Morocco and rappers from Chicago? And what connects the next great American musical and a classic Chinese love song? The answer is easy: you will find all of this great music in films at this year’s AFI FEST! These toe...

AFI FEST 2021: Sports Films

Want some great films that don’t pull any punches? Well, the ball’s in your court; just get your tickets to see some of the best sports films in this year’s roster! We don’t just talk a good game when we tell you that these films are in a league of their own. So, what’s in...
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