Festival Tickets and Passes Available Online

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Los Angeles, CA, October 31, 2022 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the sponsors and cultural supporters for AFI FEST 2022. This year’s festival will take place exclusively in person in Los Angeles from November 2-6. Passes and tickets are now available at AFI members receive discounts on passes and tickets and other exclusive benefits. To become an AFI member, visit Visit to view this year’s lineup.

AT&T returns as the festival’s Premium Sponsor and is committed to elevating underrepresented filmmakers and showcasing stories from diverse creators. AT&T Presents: Untold Stories is an inclusive program for filmmakers to submit production-ready feature film scripts for a chance to win $1M to make their film. The program also provides the winning filmmaker promotional and mentorship support throughout all phases of production, including a first look from HBO Max, and a guaranteed premiere at one of the top film festivals in the country. Learn more here – submissions for the 2023 program open November 1, 2022.

Festival Sponsors include Netflix, Showtime and Warner Bros. Discovery.

Los Angeles Times is back as the festival’s Primary Media Partner and the Red Carpet Premieres Media Partner.

Variety and The Hollywood Reporter are Official Media Sponsors.

Affiliate Media Partners include IndieWire and TheWrap.

Additionally, Variety is the Dedicated Film Sponsor of WOMEN TALKING, The Hollywood Reporter is the Dedicated Film Sponsor of BONES AND ALL, IndieWire is the Dedicated Film Sponsor of NANNY and TheWrap is the Dedicated Film Sponsor of “SR.”.

Contributing Sponsors include Participant.

Sustaining Sponsors include Eventive, Film Freeway, National Endowment for the Arts, Ovation, Panavision, TCL Chinese Theatre and US Blanks.

This year’s Festival underwriter is Scott Patterson, whose generous philanthropy supports the festival.

This year’s Cultural Sponsors include the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, ELMA (European Languages and Movies in America), the Farhang Foundation, the Polish Film Institute, SAGindie, TV5Monde & Sling TV, and Villa Albertine.

As previously announced

The World Premiere of Apple Original Film’s SELENA GOMEZ: MY MIND AND ME will open the festival and the U.S. premiere of Universal Pictures’ and Amblin Entertainment’s THE FABELMANS, directed by AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg, will close AFI FEST 2022. Additional Red Carpet Premieres include BARDO, FALSE CHRONICLE OF A HANDFUL OF TRUTHS, directed by Academy Award®-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu; the U.S. Premiere of GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO, directed by Academy Award®-winning director Guillermo del Toro and Emmy Award® winner Mark Gustafson; LIVING, directed by Oliver Hermanus; SHE SAID, directed by Emmy Award®-winning director Maria Schrader; and THE SON, directed by Academy Award® winner Florian Zeller. Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay will serve as Guest Artistic Director at AFI FEST 2022 and will be showcasing three independent films amplifying the voices of women directors including HELLION (2014), directed by Kat Candler and starring Academy Award®-nominee Juliette Lewis and Aaron Paul; MOSQUITA Y MARI (2012) directed by Aurora Guerrero and YELLING TO THE SKY (2011), directed by Victoria Mahoney and starring Academy Award®-nominee Gabourey Sidibe and Zoë Kravitz. The full program can be found HERE.


About the American Film Institute (AFI)

The American Film Institute (AFI) is a nonprofit organization with a mandate to champion the moving image as an art form. Established in 1967, AFI launched the first comprehensive history of American film and sparked the movement for film preservation in the United States. In 1969, AFI opened the doors of the AFI Conservatory, a graduate-level program to train narrative filmmakers. The Conservatory, which counts Deniese Davis, Affonso Gonçalves, Susannah Grant, Matthew Libatique, David Lynch, Melina Matsoukas and Rachel Morrison as Alumni, is ranked the #1 film school in America. AFI’s enduring traditions include the AFI Life Achievement Award, which honors the masters for work that has stood the test of time; AFI AWARDS, which celebrates the creative ensembles of the most outstanding screen stories of the year; and scholarly efforts such as the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive that preserve film history for future generations. AFI exhibition programs include AFI FESTAFI DOCS and year-round exhibition at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Maryland. AFI Movie Club is a destination for movie lovers from around the world to celebrate and engage with the art form every day. Other pioneering programs include workshops aimed at increasing diversity in the storytelling community, including AFI DWW+ and the AFI Cinematography Intensive for Women. Read about all of these programs and more at and follow us on social media at,, and


Now in its 36th year, AFI FEST is a world-class event, showcasing the best films from across the globe. This year’s edition takes place in Los Angeles from November 2-6, 2022.  With an innovative slate of programming, the five-day festival presents screenings, panels and conversations, featuring both master filmmakers and new cinematic voices.  AFI FEST includes high-profile films with Q&As featuring the films’ cast and crew and a robust lineup of fiction and nonfiction features and shorts, providing a one-of-a-kind experience for movie fans.  Additional information about AFI FEST is available Connect with AFI FEST at,, Instagram/AmericanFilmInstitute, TikTok/@AmericanFilmInstitute and


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