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  • AFI DOCS FILM FESTIVAL AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

    Best Feature goes to WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?Best Short goes to A CONVERSATION WITH MY BLACK SON***PHOTOS AVAILABLE AT AFIDOCSPRESS.AFI.COM***Festival Convenes Global Filmmakers With U.S.

  • AFI DOCS OFFERS WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS

    Saturday Spotlight Screenings: THE ARMOR OF LIGHT and World Premiere of FIRST AND 17Closing Night Screening of MAVIS! from filmmaker Jessica EdwardsWashington, DC, Saturday, June 20, 2015 — Weekend highlights include the world premiere of The Washington Post Strand film FIRST AND 17 from director Brad Horn and the Spotlight Screening of THE ARMOR OF LIGHT from director Abigail Disney.  AFI DOCS concludes the 2015 festival on Sunday night with the Closing Night Screening of MAVIS! and panel discussion with director Jessica Edwards and film subject Julian Bond. WORLD PREMIERE OF FIRST AND 17Saturday, June 20 at 3:15 p.m.

  • AFI DOCS OFFERS FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

    Pioneering Documentary Filmmaker Stanley Nelson to be Honored at the Guggenheim SymposiumSpotlight Screenings Include MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED and THE DIPLOMATDay Two of the Filmmaker ConferenceWashington, DC, Friday, June 19, 2015 — AFI DOCS presents a full schedule of Friday events that include the Charles Guggenheim Symposium celebrating Emmy Award®-winning documentarian Stanley Nelson.  The Guggenheim Symposium, which is free and open to the public, will include a presentation of Nelson’s work and a discussion and Q&A with the legendary filmmaker.  Also featured are Spotlight Screenings of MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED from director Greg Whiteley and THE DIPLOMAT from director David Holbrooke.  The two-day Filmmaker Conference concludes Friday at the Hotel Monaco.WHAT:           GUGGENHEIM SYMPOSIUM                     The Guggenheim Symposium will pay tribute to pioneering documentary filmmaker Stanley NelsonWHO:             Filmmaker Stanley Nelson, moderator Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post’s movie critic, Archivist of the United States David S.

  • AFI DOCS OFFERS THURSDAY HIGHLIGHTS

    Programming includes world premieres of THE THREE HIKERS and Discovery's RISE: THE PROMISE OF MY BROTHER'S KEEPERDay One of the Filmmaker ConferenceWashington, DC, Thursday, June 18, 2015 — AFI DOCS presents a full schedule of Thursday’s events including the world premieres of THE THREE HIKERS and RISE: THE PROMISE OF MY BROTHER’S KEEPER and day one of the Filmmaker Conference.  These events and festival screenings further the mission of AFI DOCS:  to bring filmmakers, our nation's leaders and audiences together in the heart of Washington, DC.WHAT:    THE THREE HIKERS, from The Washington Post Film Strand In 2009, when American hikers Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal mistakenly wandered off the beaten path near Iraq’s poorly marked border with Iran, they quickly experienced the draconian consequences of their error.WHO:    THE THREE HIKERS director Natalie Avital, film subjects Josh Fattal and Nora Shourd, mother of hiker Sarah Shourd.

  • AT&T LEADS WIDE SUPPORT OF AFI DOCS 2015

    FESTIVAL SPONSORS INCLUDE CORPORATIONS, PHILANTHROPISTS, ARTS ASSOCIATIONS, GOVERNMENT AGENCIESFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 9, 2015, WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced AFI DOCS’ 2015 festival support that includes returning presenting sponsor AT&T, major corporations, arts associations, philanthropists and government agencies.  The documentary film festival will run June 17–21 in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD.“AT&T recognizes the power of documentary film and stands with AFI to ensure it is celebrated in a manner worthy,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO.

  • THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE UNVEILS FULL SLATE OF AFI DOCS 2015 FILMS

    81 Films from 25 Countries Including Four World Premieres to Screen June 17–21 in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MDFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 20, 2015, WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced the slate of films for the AFI DOCS 2015 Film Festival, running June 17–21 in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD.  The 13th edition of the festival showcases 81 films representing 25 countries, including four world premieres, three U.S.

  • THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES AFI DOCS OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT FILMS

    Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville's BEST OF ENEMIES and Jessica Edwards' MAVIS! to Bookend AFI DOCS 2015MAY 12, 2015, WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced Magnolia Pictures’ BEST OF ENEMIES, from director Robert Gordon and Academy Award®-winning director Morgan Neville (20 FEET FROM STARDOM), as the Opening Night film at AFI DOCS.  HBO’s MAVIS! from AFI DOCS alumna director Jessica Edwards has been named the Closing Night film selection.AFI DOCS kicks off on June 17 with the Opening Night Gala and screening of BEST OF ENEMIES at the Newseum, followed by a discussion and Q&A with filmmakers Gordon and Neville.

  • STANLEY NELSON NAMED 2015 GUGGENHEIM HONOREE BY THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

    The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that AFI DOCS will pay tribute to pioneering documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson as its 2015 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree.

  • AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE APPOINTS MICHAEL LUMPKIN DIRECTOR OF AFI DOCS

    AT&T Returns to AFI DOCS 2015 as Presenting SponsorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, DECEMBER 11, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the appointment of producer and the Executive Director of the International Documentary Association (IDA) Michael Lumpkin as Director of AFI DOCS, the Institute’s annual documentary festival in Washington, DC.

  • 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.

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THE FESTIVAL
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 13th 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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