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  • 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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