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

  • ART AND CRAFT Director Jennifer Grausman at the post-screening discussion with Tiffany Graham-Golden, AFI DOCSART AND CRAFT Director Jennifer Grausman at the post-screening discussion with Tiffany Graham-Golden, AFI DOCS
  • Ashley and Shannon Campbell perform for a packed crowd after the Spotlight Screening of GLEN CAMPBELL..I'LL BE MEAshley and Shannon Campbell perform for a packed crowd after the Spotlight Screening of GLEN CAMPBELL..I'LL BE ME
  • DINOSAUR 13 film subjects Pete Larson, Kristin Donnan Standard and filmmaker Todd Miller at the post-screening Q&ADINOSAUR 13 film subjects Pete Larson, Kristin Donnan Standard and filmmaker Todd Miller at the post-screening Q&A
  • AFI DOCS 2014 Guggenheim honoree Alex Gibney with 2004 honoree and documentarian Barbara KoppleAFI DOCS 2014 Guggenheim honoree Alex Gibney with 2004 honoree and documentarian Barbara Kopple
  • AFI DOCS Guggenheim honoree Alex Gibney in a conversation with The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday about Gibney’s work at the Guggenheim SymposiumAFI DOCS Guggenheim honoree Alex Gibney in a conversation with The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday about Gibney’s work at the Guggenheim Symposium
  • Filmmakers were given the opportunity to visit the White House as part of the Policy Engagement ProgramFilmmakers were given the opportunity to visit the White House as part of the Policy Engagement Program
  • Engagement strategists shared how public media makes social impact at the Content That Matters, Engagement That Counts Impact Panel sponsored by CPBEngagement strategists shared how public media makes social impact at the Content That Matters, Engagement That Counts Impact Panel sponsored by CPB
  • Filmmakers discussed top issues represented in their films with policymakers in the Indian Treaty Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office BuildingFilmmakers discussed top issues represented in their films with policymakers in the Indian Treaty Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building
  • Sen. Ed Markey introduces Friday’s Spotlight Screening of GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE MESen. Ed Markey introduces Friday’s Spotlight Screening of GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME
  • (L-R) Dr. Ron Peterson, Mayo Clinic; Larry Minnitz; Mike King, Volunteers for America; film subject and son Cal Campbell; Producer Trevor Albert; subjects and Campbell family members Kim Campbell, Shannon Campbell and Ashley Campbell; and director James K(L-R) Dr. Ron Peterson, Mayo Clinic; Larry Minnitz; Mike King, Volunteers for America; film subject and son Cal Campbell; Producer Trevor Albert; subjects and Campbell family members Kim Campbell, Shannon Campbell and Ashley Campbell; and director James K
  • Filmmaker Todd Miller introduces DINOSAUR 13 at The Naval Heritage CenterFilmmaker Todd Miller introduces DINOSAUR 13 at The Naval Heritage Center
  • Filmmaker Justin Weinstein introduces audiences to AN HONEST LIARFilmmaker Justin Weinstein introduces audiences to AN HONEST LIAR
  • Filmmaker Ilan Moskovitch and Executive Producer Arpi Shotigian at the post-screening Q&A for APOLLONIAN STORYFilmmaker Ilan Moskovitch and Executive Producer Arpi Shotigian at the post-screening Q&A for APOLLONIAN STORY
  • Film subject and Olympic dive coach Ron O'Brien with film subject and Olympian Greg Louganis and BACK ON BOARD filmmaker Cheryl FurjanicFilm subject and Olympic dive coach Ron O'Brien with film subject and Olympian Greg Louganis and BACK ON BOARD filmmaker Cheryl Furjanic
  • FOUNDRY director Oliver Cheetham welcoming attendees to his screening at the Gothe InstitutFOUNDRY director Oliver Cheetham welcoming attendees to his screening at the Gothe Institut
  • Panelists of THE HOMESTRETCH Catalyst Screening (L-R) Darla Bardine, National Network for Youth; Jonathan Brice, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary & Secondary Education at the US Department of Ed; Ja’Sent Brown, Homeless Education State CooPanelists of THE HOMESTRETCH Catalyst Screening (L-R) Darla Bardine, National Network for Youth; Jonathan Brice, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary & Secondary Education at the US Department of Ed; Ja’Sent Brown, Homeless Education State Coo