Press Releases

  • SIX DOCUMENTARY PROJECTS TO RECEIVE AFI DOCS/NBCUNIVERSAL IMPACT GRANTS

    Funding Goes to Participants of the AFI DOCS 2016 Impact LabSponsored by NBCUniversal LOS ANGELES, CA, December 15, 2016 — The American Film Institute announced today that six documentary projects that screened at AFI DOCS 2016 in Washington, DC, have been selected to receive funding from the AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grants.

  • THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES AFI DOCS 2016 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

    Best Feature Goes to MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE Best Short Goes to SNAILS Festival Connects International Filmmakers with U.S.

  • THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES AFI DOCS 2016 FILMMAKER FORUM AND IMPACT LAB

    Filmmakers Will Connect With Industry Professionals and​National Opinion Leaders for a Series of Professional Development EventsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — JUNE 17, 2016, WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced the AFI DOCS 2016 Filmmaker Forum program and Impact Lab participants.

  • AT&T LEADS WIDE SUPPORT OF AFI DOCS 2016

    FESTIVAL SPONSORS INCLUDECORPORATIONS, CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS,PHILANTHROPISTS AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 18, 2016, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the AFI DOCS 2016 festival sponsors.

  • THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE UNVEILS FULL SLATE OF AFI DOCS 2016 FILMS 

    94 Films from 30 Countries Include Three World Premieres Screening June 22–26 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 9, 2016, WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced the slate of films for AFI DOCS 2016, running June 22–26 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD.

  • WERNER HERZOG NAMED 2016 GUGGENHEIM HONOREE BY THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

    AFI DOCS Will Tribute Herzog's Legendary Career on June 24FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 5, 2016, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that AFI DOCS will pay tribute to renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog as the festival's 2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree. The AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors documentary masters who have inspired audiences with their non-fiction stories of human experience.  Taking place at the Newseum on June 24 at 7:00 p.m., the Symposium will include a conversation with Herzog along with clips from his amazing documentary oeuvre.  Moderated by filmmaker Ramin Bahrani, the discussion will be followed by a screening of Herzog's latest documentary, LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD.  Magnolia Pictures will open the film in select theaters in summer 2016."Whether exploring unseen corners of the world or contemplating technology in our lives, Werner Herzog's cinematic voice is unmistakably evocative," said Michael Lumpkin, Director of AFI DOCS.  "He wields a world-class power, using his artistry to provoke audiences into seeing their world from the most esoteric angles.  We are honored to celebrate his distinguished storytelling career."The Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker's vast documentary credits include INTO THE ABYSS (2011), CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (2010), the Oscar®-nominated ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (2007), GRIZZLY MAN (2005), THE WHITE DIAMOND (2004), the Emmy®-nominated LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY (1997), BELLS FROM THE DEEP (1993), FATA MORGANA (1971) and LAND OF SILENCE AND DARKNESS (1971).  Throughout his career, Herzog has received top honors from the Berlinale, the Cannes Film Festival, the Directors Guild of America and many more prestigious institutions, including the German Film Academy, which presented him with a lifetime achievement award in 2009.  In 2013, Herzog founded the Rogue Film School, through which he hosts a series of intimate seminars with aspiring filmmakers.Herzog joins a renowned list of Guggenheim Symposium honorees:  Charles Guggenheim (2003), Barbara Kopple (2004), Martin Scorsese (2006), Jonathan Demme (2007), Spike Lee (2008), Albert Maysles (2009), Frederick Wiseman (2010), Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker (2011), Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (2012), Errol Morris (2013), Alex Gibney (2014) and Stanley Nelson (2015).AFI DOCS is proud to have AT&T return as this year's presenting sponsor.Tickets to AFI DOCS — including the Charles Guggenheim Symposium and Screening as well as the Opening Night and Closing Night Galas, will be available early to AFI members exclusively from May 9–17, and to the public on May 18.  Passes for AFI DOCS 2016 are now on sale at AFI.com/afidocs.  More information about AFI DOCS screenings and other special events will be announced in the coming weeks.About AFI DOCSAFI DOCS 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.

  • AFI DOCS 2016 ANNOUNCES OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT FILMS

    NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF ALEX GIBNEY'S ZERO DAYS OPENS FESTIVALNORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU CLOSES FIVE-DAY EVENT AT&T Returns as Presenting Sponsor Newseum Joins as Official Gala Screening Partner FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – APRIL 25, 2016, WASHINGTON, DC – Today, AFI DOCS, the American Film Institute’s annual documentary celebration held June 22–26, 2016, in the nation’s capital, announced the festival’s Opening and Closing Night films.

  • AFI DOCS 2016 ANNOUNCES DATES AND CALL FOR ENTRIES

    14th Annual Documentary Festival Will Bring TogetherFilmmakers and Our Nation’s LeadersJune 22–26, 2016FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 16, 2015, Los Angeles, CA — The American Film Institute’s (AFI) documentary film festival, AFI DOCS 2016, will take place in the nation’s capital June 22–26, 2016.

Videos

  • 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