AFI FEST – American Film Institute

AFI Alumni Receive Grants for Directing and Screenwriting Achievement

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 AFI Alumni Awards! AFI Alumni Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in directing and screenwriting, were awarded to the following members of the Class of 2018 during a private alumni reception at this year’s AFI FEST presented by Audi. Omer Ben-Shachar received a Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence…

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…

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…

Your Guide to FEST Films Screening on Tuesday, November 19

Films are listed in chronological order so you can find the ones that best fit your schedule! 12:00 p.m. LINGUA FRANCA Writer/director Isabel Sandoval (SEÑORITA, APPARITION) deftly plays Olivia as a woman capable of finding incredible strength and grace in a world that seems so against her life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Buy tickets…

Watch: Martin Scorsese Tribute at AFI FEST 2019

On November 15, AFI FEST presented by Audi honored AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese with a Tribute at the TCL Chinese Theatre. The packed audience greeted the legendary filmmaker with a standing ovation. In the Q&A with AFI President & CEO Bob Gazzale, Scorsese spoke about the early years…

Your Guide to FEST Films Screening on Monday, November 18

Films are listed in chronological order so you can find the ones that best fit your schedule!   2:30 p.m. – NOBADI In this delightful rustic tale from contemporary world cinema, elderly Robert is in need of some help and encounters a young immigrant, Adib. A classic conflict of cultures and a wide generational gap…
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