Press Releases

  • AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES AFI DOCS 2018 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS 

     ***PHOTOS AVAILABLE HERE***Best Feature Goes to MR.

  • NBC NEWS' "MEET THE PRESS" JOINS AFI DOCS AS A MEDIA SPONSOR

    "Meet the Press" Presents a Strand of Four Films Moderated by NBC News Journalists,Including Moderator Chuck Todd FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — JUNE 13, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that NBC News' "Meet the Press" has joined AFI DOCS 2018 as a media sponsor.

  • AT&T RETURNS TO AFI DOCS AS PRESENTING SPONSOR

    FESTIVAL SPONSORS INCLUDECORPORATIONS, CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS,ARTS ASSOCIATIONS AND PHILANTHROPISTSFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — June 13, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the AFI DOCS 2018 festival sponsors — with AT&T returning this year as Presenting Sponsor, which represents the top level of support.

  • AFI DOCS AND RABEN_IMPACT ANNOUNCE 2018 AFI DOCS IMPACT LAB FILM PROJECTS

    Four Features and One Short Selected for the AFI DOCS Impact Lab FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — JUNE 5, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — AFI DOCS — the American Film Institute's five-day documentary film festival in the nation's capital, supported by Presenting Sponsor AT&T — has announced the five films selected for the fourth annual AFI DOCS Impact Lab in partnership with RABEN_IMPACT.

  • AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES AFI DOCS 2018 FORUM

    AFI DOCS Forum Will Feature Discussions on the Rise of Short Filmmaking, the State of Documentary Filmmaking in the DC Region, Resources for Filmmakers and More FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 23, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — AFI DOCS — the American Film Institute's five-day documentary film festival in the nation's capital, supported by Presenting Sponsor AT&T — has announced its 2018 Forum.

  • STEVE JAMES NAMED 2018 GUGGENHEIM HONOREE BY AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

    AFI DOCS Will Celebrate Academy Award®-Nominated Filmmaker on June 14 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 18, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — AFI DOCS — the American Film Institute's five-day documentary film festival in the nation's capital, supported by Presenting Sponsor AT&T — has announced that it will pay tribute to Steve James as the 2018 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree.

  • AFI DOCS 2018 UNVEILS FULL SLATE OF FILMS

    AFI DOCS 2018UNVEILS FULL SLATE OF FILMS 92 Films From 22 Countries, Including Five World Premieres,Will Screen June 13–17 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 11, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — AFI DOCS has announced its full slate of films for 2018 — with AT&T returning as Presenting Sponsor of the American Film Institute's five-day documentary film festival in the nation's capital.

  • AFI DOCS 2018 ANNOUNCES OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT FILMS, CENTERPIECE AND SPECIAL SCREENINGS

    PERSONAL STATEMENT and UNITED SKATES to Bookend Five-Day Festival in Nation's Capital AT&T Returns as Presenting Sponsor FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 4, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — AFI DOCS has announced its Opening and Closing Night films, and Centerpiece and Special Screenings — with AT&T returning as Presenting Sponsor of the festival for the fifth consecutive year.

  • VIRUNGA filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel and Producer  Joanna Natasegara at their screening at the AFI Silver TheatreVIRUNGA filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel and Producer Joanna Natasegara at their screening at the AFI Silver Theatre
  • At the post-screening Q&A of THE HOMESTRETCH (L-R) filmmakers Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly speak with film subjects Maria Rivera, Roque Sanchez, Anthony Lynch and Kasey WhiteAt the post-screening Q&A of THE HOMESTRETCH (L-R) filmmakers Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly speak with film subjects Maria Rivera, Roque Sanchez, Anthony Lynch and Kasey White
  • Film subjects and filmmaker Laura Naylor of THE FIX at the post-screening Q&AFilm subjects and filmmaker Laura Naylor of THE FIX at the post-screening Q&A
  • DIOR AND I filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng at his screeningDIOR AND I filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng at his screening
  • After his AFI DOCS screening of THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO, we caught up with Director Ian Cheney walking past ChinatownAfter his AFI DOCS screening of THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO, we caught up with Director Ian Cheney walking past Chinatown
  • AFI DOCS guests attend a festival networking happy hour at Penn Social, sponsored 
by CNN AFI DOCS guests attend a festival networking happy hour at Penn Social, sponsored by CNN
  • AT&T provided a charging station to AFI DOCS guests at the festival Hub, Penn 
Social AT&T provided a charging station to AFI DOCS guests at the festival Hub, Penn Social
  • (L-R) E-TEAM film subject Carroll Bogert, Human Rights Watch, filmmakers Katy 
Chevigny and Ross Kauffman, and post-screening moderator Michael Hirsh from 
Politico Magazine at the Portrait Gallery (L-R) E-TEAM film subject Carroll Bogert, Human Rights Watch, filmmakers Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman, and post-screening moderator Michael Hirsh from Politico Magazine at the Portrait Gallery
  • THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY filmmaker Brian Knappenberger at the post-screening Q&A with David Segal of Demand Progress, Ben Wikler of The Good Fight and moderator Cecilia Kang of The Washington PostTHE INTERNET’S OWN BOY filmmaker Brian Knappenberger at the post-screening Q&A with David Segal of Demand Progress, Ben Wikler of The Good Fight and moderator Cecilia Kang of The Washington Post
  • YOU WON’T REGRET THAT TATTOO filmmakers Michelle Woodward and Angie Bird YOU WON’T REGRET THAT TATTOO filmmakers Michelle Woodward and Angie Bird
  • THE NEWBURGH STING co-directors Kate Davis and David Heilbroner at the Portrait GalleryTHE NEWBURGH STING co-directors Kate Davis and David Heilbroner at the Portrait Gallery
  • (L-R) Filmmaker Kate Davis, Salam al-Marayati,  Nihad Awad, filmmaker David Heilbroner, Mike German, and film subject Sam Braverman(L-R) Filmmaker Kate Davis, Salam al-Marayati, Nihad Awad, filmmaker David Heilbroner, Mike German, and film subject Sam Braverman
  • E-TEAM filmmakers Ross Kauffman and Katy Chevigny introduce their film as the Spotlight Screening at the Portrait GalleryE-TEAM filmmakers Ross Kauffman and Katy Chevigny introduce their film as the Spotlight Screening at the Portrait Gallery
  • Filmmakers Allison Berg and Keith Frank Keraudren of THE DOG at their screening at AFI Silver TheatreFilmmakers Allison Berg and Keith Frank Keraudren of THE DOG at their screening at AFI Silver Theatre
  • The Washington Post’s Dana Priest moderates a Q&A with SILENCED filmmaker James SpioneThe Washington Post’s Dana Priest moderates a Q&A with SILENCED filmmaker James Spione
  • 2014 AFI DOCS Festival Director, Christine O’Malley introduces SILENCED2014 AFI DOCS Festival Director, Christine O’Malley introduces SILENCED
  • (L-R) Filmmakers Jayisha Patel of A PARADISE, Bartek Swiderski of SATI and Lawrence Topham of FAST ICE answering audience questions after SHORTS PROGRAM: FACE THE MUSIC(L-R) Filmmakers Jayisha Patel of A PARADISE, Bartek Swiderski of SATI and Lawrence Topham of FAST ICE answering audience questions after SHORTS PROGRAM: FACE THE MUSIC
  • Will Jenkins, HHS, introduces filmmakers to the panelists of the Policy Engagement ProgramWill Jenkins, HHS, introduces filmmakers to the panelists of the Policy Engagement Program
  • (L-R) Sery Kim, Ken Spain and Cameron French meet filmmakers at the Capital(L-R) Sery Kim, Ken Spain and Cameron French meet filmmakers at the Capital
  • Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and documentarian Jose Antonio Vargas at Impact Panel “GETTING REAL — CREATING CHANGE FROM THE INSIDE OUT,”
presented by the International Documentary AssociationPulitzer Prize winning journalist and documentarian Jose Antonio Vargas at Impact Panel “GETTING REAL — CREATING CHANGE FROM THE INSIDE OUT,”
presented by the International Documentary Association
  • Filmmaker Alan Hicks introduces KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON at AFI DOCSFilmmaker Alan Hicks introduces KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON at AFI DOCS
  • Film subjects of THE HOMESTRETCH, Anthony Lynch, Kasey White and Roque Sanchez meet with Senator Blumenthal at the Capital Film subjects of THE HOMESTRETCH, Anthony Lynch, Kasey White and Roque Sanchez meet with Senator Blumenthal at the Capital
  • Francois Rivasseau, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the United States introduced the screening of feature film THE AGREEMENT and short film OF MANYFrancois Rivasseau, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the United States introduced the screening of feature film THE AGREEMENT and short film OF MANY
  • Linda G. Mills, Director of short film OF MANY at the post-screening Q&ALinda G. Mills, Director of short film OF MANY at the post-screening Q&A
  • AFI DOCS Programmer Andrea Passafiume (R) moderates a post-screening discussion with (L-R) Producer Joey Daoud and filmmaker Kareem Tabsch of CHERRY POP: THE STORY OF THE WORLD’S FANCIEST CAT, Jennifer Clymer of SHOWFOLK and Daniel Jewel of THE SECRET WORAFI DOCS Programmer Andrea Passafiume (R) moderates a post-screening discussion with (L-R) Producer Joey Daoud and filmmaker Kareem Tabsch of CHERRY POP: THE STORY OF THE WORLD’S FANCIEST CAT, Jennifer Clymer of SHOWFOLK and Daniel Jewel of THE SECRET WOR
  • Attendees screen IVORY TOWER at the Naval Heritage CenterAttendees screen IVORY TOWER at the Naval Heritage Center
  • (L-R) Anthony Carnevale, Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University; Jeff Selingo, author, College (Un)Bound and contributing editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education; filmmaker Andrew Rossi and moderator Christine Romans of CNN’s Ear(L-R) Anthony Carnevale, Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University; Jeff Selingo, author, College (Un)Bound and contributing editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education; filmmaker Andrew Rossi and moderator Christine Romans of CNN’s Ear
  • The Goethe theatre is ready to screen films from AFI DOCS 2014The Goethe theatre is ready to screen films from AFI DOCS 2014
  • Filmmaker Kareem Tabsch and Producer Joey Daoud of CHERRY POP: THE STORY OF THE WORLD’S FANCIEST CAT at their screening at the Goethe InstitutFilmmaker Kareem Tabsch and Producer Joey Daoud of CHERRY POP: THE STORY OF THE WORLD’S FANCIEST CAT at their screening at the Goethe Institut
  • Film subjects (L-R) John and Bonnie Raines, filmmaker Johanna Hamilton, film subject and former Washington Post reporter Betty Medsger and subject Carl Stern attend 1971 at the Portrait GalleryFilm subjects (L-R) John and Bonnie Raines, filmmaker Johanna Hamilton, film subject and former Washington Post reporter Betty Medsger and subject Carl Stern attend 1971 at the Portrait Gallery