Festival Sponsors Include Local And National Media And Cultural Institutions, Major Corporations, And Arts Associations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 15, 2020, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the sponsors for AFI DOCS 2020, with AT&T returning for the seventh consecutive year as Presenting Sponsor.

Support for the festival comes from a wide range of media companies, cultural institutions, major corporations and arts associations both in the DC-metro area and across the nation. The 18th edition of AFI DOCS runs online June 17-21, 2020.

“For seven years, AT&T’s support for AFI DOCS has given us the opportunity to provide the best festival experience for our filmmakers and audiences,” said Michael Lumpkin, Director of AFI Festivals. “We’d like to thank all of our sponsors, both new and returning, for their dedication to AFI DOCS and to ensuring these inspiring stories are told during this unprecedented time as the festival moves online.”

AT&T will host the Opening Night of AFI DOCS, which kicks off with the screening of BOYS STATE on June 17, 2020

In addition to supporting AFI DOCS film programming and festival events, sponsors provide services to filmmakers and festival attendees throughout the week. Sponsor participation includes sponsoring specific film screenings and panels and national and local promotion of the festival.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) returns as Official Sponsor of the festival. CPB is Official Sponsor of Cinema’s Legacy at AFI DOCS, a special archival/retrospective film section, which includes two public media films this year. In addition, CPB is sponsor of the Special Presentation event featuring the film PORTRAITS AND DREAMS, which has its world premiere at AFI DOCS. CPB is also sponsor of the AFI DOCS Forum, five days of panels, conversations and meetings for filmmakers, industry personnel and documentary enthusiasts. Several screenings of public media films will be sponsored by CPB, including two films that are part of a special focus on Women and the Vote timed with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S.

Primary Media Partners for the 2020 festival are NBC News’ Meet the Press with Chuck Todd and The Washington Post. This year, Meet the Press will sponsor the festival’s Short Film Section, as well as a panel discussion during the AFI DOCS Forum. The Washington Post Press Freedom Partnership will sponsor the presentation of A THOUSAND CUTS and the AFI DOCS Forum panel discussion about the film.

Screen Sponsors include Audi, SHOWTIME® Documentary Films, Netflix, WarnerMedia, HBO Documentary Films and CuriosityStream. SHOWTIME® Documentary Films traditionally hosts a lively Filmmaker Welcome Party in D.C. This year, they will send a special package for filmmakers to continue to honor and connect with them while celebrating AFI DOCS at home.

Official Media Partners include Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

New this year, Dell Technologies signed on as a Major Sponsor. Additional partners at this level include Participant and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Affiliate Media Partners are CNN en Español, International Documentary Association and LA Weekly.

Supporting Sponsors are the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce and Realscreen.

The festival’s Community Partners are Women in Film & Video, Kartemquin and WHUT.

Contributing Sponsors include Film Freeway and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Generous individual support comes from Official Festival Underwriters Nancy Blachman and David des Jardins, Grace Guggenheim, Stephanie and Hunter Hunt and Rachel and John King.



AFI DOCS is the American Film Institute’s annual documentary festival historically held in Washington, DC.  Presenting the year’s best documentaries, AFI DOCS is the only festival in the U.S. dedicated to screenings and events that connect audiences, filmmakers and policy leaders in the heart of our nation’s government. The AFI DOCS advisory board includes Ken Burns, Davis Guggenheim, Chris Hegedus, Werner Herzog, Barbara Kopple, Spike Lee, Errol Morris, Stanley Nelson and Frederick Wiseman.  Now in its 18th year, the festival will be held online June 17-21, 2020. Visit and connect on,, and


About the American Film Institute (AFI)
Established in 1967, the American Film Institute is the nation’s non-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring artists and audiences through initiatives that champion the past, present and future of the moving image. AFI’s pioneering programs include filmmaker training at the AFI Conservatory; year-round exhibition at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center and at AFI Festivals across the nation; workshops aimed at increasing diversity in the storytelling community; honoring today’s masters through the AFI Life Achievement Award and AFI AWARDS; and scholarly efforts such as the AFI Catalog of Feature Films that uphold film history for future generations. Read about all of these programs and more at and follow us on social media at,, and


About AT&T Communications

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About the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @CPBmediaFacebook and LinkedIn, and subscribe for email updates.

About The Washington Post and Washington Post Press Freedom Partnership

The Washington Post is an award-winning news leader whose mission is to connect, inform, and enlighten local, national and global readers with trustworthy reporting, in-depth analysis and engaging opinions. It combines world-class journalism with the latest technology and tools so readers can interact with The Post anytime, anywhere.

The Washington Post Press Freedom Partnership is an ongoing initiative that aims to highlight organizations working vigilantly to promote press freedom and raise awareness of the rights of journalists worldwide. Learn more at [].

About NBC News’ Meet the Press with Chuck Todd

NBC News’ Meet the Press with Chuck Todd  is where newsmakers come to make news — setting the political agenda and spotlighting the impact Washington decision-making has on Americans across the country. It is the #1 most-watched Sunday public affairs show for the 2018-2019 season, reaching more than three million viewers every Sunday and millions more through social, digital and on-demand platforms. Meet the Press brings its authority and influencer interviews to MSNBC with MTP Daily weekdays at 5 p.m. ET and to The Chuck ToddCast. It’s the longest-running show in television history, recently expanding its brand to include a political short-documentary film festival in collaboration with the American Film Institute. Chuck Todd is the political director of NBC News and the moderator of Meet the Press; John Reiss is the executive producer.


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