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.

  • BRONX OBAMA Louis Ortiz walking into his screening and waving to fans at AFI DOCSBRONX OBAMA Louis Ortiz walking into his screening and waving to fans at AFI DOCS
  • BRONX OBAMA Louis Ortiz and Filmmaker Ryan Murdock stand with a security detail at the Portrait GalleryBRONX OBAMA Louis Ortiz and Filmmaker Ryan Murdock stand with a security detail at the Portrait Gallery
  • Caroll Spinney presents Oscar the Grouch to audiences with wife Debra Spinney at the screening of I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORYCaroll Spinney presents Oscar the Grouch to audiences with wife Debra Spinney at the screening of I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY
  • Steve James, director of Closing Night Screening LIFE ITSELF being interviewed at AFI DOCSSteve James, director of Closing Night Screening LIFE ITSELF being interviewed at AFI DOCS
  • Filmmaker Nicole Boxer with cast and crew of HOW I GOT OVERFilmmaker Nicole Boxer with cast and crew of HOW I GOT OVER
  • Filmmaker Nicole Boxer with cast and crew of HOW I GOT OVER at the premiere’s post-screening Q&AFilmmaker Nicole Boxer with cast and crew of HOW I GOT OVER at the premiere’s post-screening Q&A
  • Stewart Boxer with Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, filmmaker of HOW I GOT OVER and daughter Nicole Boxer and AFI President & CEO Bob GazzaleStewart Boxer with Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, filmmaker of HOW I GOT OVER and daughter Nicole Boxer and AFI President & CEO Bob Gazzale
  • Filmmaker Rory Kennedy skyping into post-screening discussion of LAST DAYS OF VIETNAMFilmmaker Rory Kennedy skyping into post-screening discussion of LAST DAYS OF VIETNAM
  • Filmmaker James Spione welcomes the audience to AFI DOCS’ screening of SILENCEDFilmmaker James Spione welcomes the audience to AFI DOCS’ screening of SILENCED
  • Filmmaker Michael Rapaport introduces his film WHEN THE GARDEN WAS EDEN at AFI Silver TheatreFilmmaker Michael Rapaport introduces his film WHEN THE GARDEN WAS EDEN at AFI Silver Theatre
  • LIFE ITSELF Filmmaker Steve James discusses the film in a post-screening Q&A with 
film subject William Nack LIFE ITSELF Filmmaker Steve James discusses the film in a post-screening Q&A with film subject William Nack
  • Steve James introduces the Closing Night screening of LIFE ITSELF to a packed 
audience at the National Portrait GallerySteve James introduces the Closing Night screening of LIFE ITSELF to a packed audience at the National Portrait Gallery
  • KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON Film subject and jazz pianist Justin Kauflin performs for 
audiences post-screeningKEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON Film subject and jazz pianist Justin Kauflin performs for audiences post-screening
  • Director Farzad Sangari and Producer Eric Martin before their screening of 
MUDBLOODS at AFI SilverDirector Farzad Sangari and Producer Eric Martin before their screening of MUDBLOODS at AFI Silver