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  • AFI DOCS 2015 ANNOUNCES DATES AND CALL FOR ENTRIES

    The American Film Institute’s 13th Annual Documentary FestivalWill Be Held June 17-21, 2015LOS ANGELES, CA, October 8, 2014 – The American Film Institute’s international documentary film festival, AFI DOCS 2015 will take place June 17–21, 2015 in and around the nation’s capital – with the goal to inspire change by bringing together the nation’s leaders and leading artists.  Located in Washington, DC’s Penn Quarter, as well as the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD, AFI DOCS continues the American Film Institute’s legacy in Washington, DC where it was born of a presidential mandate in 1965.  AFI DOCS presents a diverse slate of documentaries ranging in topics from national politics, education and health to music, sports, nature and culture.Submissions are now open and filmmakers are invited to submit feature and short documentaries at AFI.com/AFIDOCS or through Withoutabox.com. This year AFI DOCS will have three deadlines – early, regular and late submission dates for both short films (40 minutes and under) and feature films.December 12, 2014 - Early submission deadline for both features and shortsJanuary 30, 2015 - Regular submission deadline for both features and shortsMarch 2, 2015 - Late submission deadline for both features and shortsJune 17–21, 2015 - AFI DOCSAFI DOCS is the only festival in the U.S.

  • AFI DOCS ANNOUNCE FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS

  • FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR THURSDAY INCLUDE

    The Spotlight Screening of E-TEAMThree AFI Catalyst ScreeningsThe Second Annual Policy Engagement Program on Capitol HillFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, June 19, 2014 – AFI DOCS presents a full schedule of events that includes the festival’s Spotlight Screening of E-TEAM, directed by Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman;three AFI Catalyst Screenings dedicated to public discourse and the second annual Policy Engagement Program, which brings filmmakers to the U.S.

  • FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEKEND INCLUDE

    Saturday Closing Night Film: LIFE ITSELFSunday Spotlight Screening: FREEDOM SUMMERFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, WASHINGTON, DC, June 21, 2014 – AFI DOCS presents a full weekend of films in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD including the Closing Night screening of LIFE ITSELF, directed by Steve James, and a Spotlight Screening of FREEDOM SUMMER, directed by Stanley Nelson.

  • FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR FRIDAY INCLUDE

    Academy Award®-winning Director Alex Gibney to Be Honored at Guggenheim SymposiumSpotlight Screening: GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE MEAFI Catalyst Screening: THE HOMESTRETCHWashington, DC, Friday, June 20, 2014 – Friday features a full day of films and events at AFI Docs 2014 including the Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoring Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney and the Spotlight Screening of GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME, by filmmaker James Keach.

  • AFI DOCS ANNOUNCES FILMMAKER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

    Tickets Now Available for Catalyst Screenings with Filmmakers and Policy LeadersFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Monday, June 16, 2014, Washington, DC – AFI DOCS announced details today for the AFI DOCS Filmmaker Enrichment Program, a series of professional development sessions which embody the mandate of the festival – to bring together the nation’s leaders and the nation’s leading artists.The new program includes both a Policy Engagement Series — an opportunity for festival filmmakers to meet with congressional and federal agency staff and Impact Panels dedicated to helping filmmakers amplify their message within stakeholder communities. Also announced today are details for the AFI DOCS Catalyst Screenings.  These are film screenings followed by discussions on diverse subjects  – homeless youth seeking an education, skyrocketing college tuition and government overreach.

  • AT&T JOINS AFI DOCS 2014 AS A PRESENTING SPONSOR

  • AFI DOCS UNVEILS FULL SLATE OF 2014 FILMS

    Celebration of Documentaries Presents84 Films from 28 Countries June 18–22Festival Opens with World Premiere of HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEYCloses with LIFE ITSELF and Celebrates Alex Gibney as Guggenheim HonoreeNew Events Include Catalyst Screenings and the Filmmaker Engagement ProgramWashington, DC – AFI DOCS announced today its full slate of films for the 2014 festival, which runs from June 18 - 22 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD.  The festival will showcase 84 films representing 28 countries, including four World, three U.S.

  • AFI DOCS ANNOUNCES ‘HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY’ AND ‘LIFE ITSELF’ AS OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT SELECTIONS

    Actor Hal Holbrook Introduces the World Premiere as Opening Night America’s Movie Critic Roger Ebert is Celebrated as Closing Night

  • ALEX GIBNEY NAMED 2014 GUGGENHEIM HONOREE BY THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

    Filmmakers and Policy Leaders to Attend June 20, 2014 AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium at National Archives in Washington, DCMAY 1, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC – The American Film Institute announced today that AFI DOCS will pay tribute to Academy Award® winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney as its 2014 AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim honoree during its 12th edition held June 18-22, 2014 in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD.

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AFI DOCS brings the best new documentaries to the Washington, DC, area with an expanded footprint in the heart of DC. The Festival has built a reputation for presenting compelling and engaging films that connect with audiences in theaters, and beyond. The Festival will run from Wednesday, June 17 through Sunday June 21, 2015.

Now in its 12th year, the festival serves as a launch pad for independent documentaries, and affords international filmmakers access to US audiences. Called the "Pre-eminent US Documentary Fest" by Screen International, the "premier showcase for documentary films" by The Hollywood Reporter, and "Non-fiction Nirvana" by Variety the 2012 edition screened sold-out shows to more than 27,000 participants who viewed the world's best new documentaries and experienced free outdoor screenings and performances, panel discussions and many special events.

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