MEET THE PRESS Hits the Big Screen for Its First-Ever Documentary Film Festival in Honor of Its 70th Anniversary – American Film Institute


MEET THE PRESS Hits the Big Screen for Its First-Ever Documentary Film Festival in Honor of Its 70th Anniversary

The #1 Most-Watched Sunday Show Collaborates With the American Film Institute
for Film Festival Debut This November

AUGUST 2, 2017In a dramatic brand expansion, NBC News’ Meet the Press with Chuck Todd will hit the big screen for the first time this fall, joining forces with the American Film Institute (AFI) for an innovative documentary film festival premiere featuring must-watch untold stories of American politics.

Politics-themed and issue-oriented documentaries are more popular than ever. The groundbreaking November film festival pairs the gravity of NBC News’ political reporting with AFI’s revered industry history, celebrating the 70th and 50th anniversaries, respectively, of both historical institutions. The commanding journalism of MEET THE PRESS is a powerful fit with AFI, an institute established in 1967 after President Johnson’s mandate to bring “together leading artists of the film industry, outstanding educators and young men and women who wish to pursue the 20th-century art form as their life’s work.” It is also known for its acclaimed Washington, DC-area documentary festival.

  • WHAT: The First-Ever Meet the Press Film Festival in Collaboration With AFI will feature seven short-length documentary films produced with a diversity of perspectives.
  •  WHEN: This November in Washington, DC. Exact dates to be announced.

  • HOW: Submissions are now being accepted.

More information on this first-ever film festival will be announced in the coming weeks.


For more information, contact:

Olivia Petersen
NBC News
o: (202) 885-4159
e: [email protected]

Liza Ameen
American Film Institute
o: (323) 856-7885
e:  [email protected]

“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 people across the country. “Meet the Press” reaches more than three million people every Sunday through its broadcasts and millions more through, OTT platforms and social media. “Meet the Press” brings its authority and influencer interviews to MSNBC with “MTP Daily” weekdays at 5 p.m. ET and to the “1947: The Meet the Press Podcast”. Chuck Todd is the political director of NBC News and the moderator of “Meet the Press”; John Reiss is the executive producer.

AFI is America’s promise to educate today’s audiences and tomorrow’s storytellers. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film; AFI AWARDS, honoring the most outstanding movies and TV series of the year; AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies television events and movie reference lists; film exhibition through AFI FEST presented by Audi and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and the world-renowned AFI Conservatory. AFI DOCS with presenting sponsor, AT&T is the American Film Institute’s annual documentary festival in the Washington, DC, area. 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, Rory Kennedy, Barbara Kopple, Spike Lee, Errol Morris, Stanley Nelson, D A Pennebaker, Agnès Varda and Frederick Wiseman. Approaching its 16th year, the festival will be held June 2018 in landmark Washington, DC, venues and at the historic AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD. Visit and connect on,, and


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