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.

  • The Washington Post sponsored the World Premiere screening of THE THREE HIKERS with (L-R) moderator Ishaan Tharoor, Director Natalie Avital, and film subjects Josh Fattal and Nora ShourdThe Washington Post sponsored the World Premiere screening of THE THREE HIKERS with (L-R) moderator Ishaan Tharoor, Director Natalie Avital, and film subjects Josh Fattal and Nora Shourd
  • ALLEN AND ALINEA filmmaker Daniel Addelson and his wife Karla at the Producers Guild of America AFI DOCS happy hour at the Gibson ShowroomALLEN AND ALINEA filmmaker Daniel Addelson and his wife Karla at the Producers Guild of America AFI DOCS happy hour at the Gibson Showroom
  • REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM filmmakers Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nye, and Jared P. Scott at their screening in the Naval Heritage CenterREQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM filmmakers Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nye, and Jared P. Scott at their screening in the Naval Heritage Center
  • WELCOME TO LEITH filmmakers Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher Walker at the post-screening Q&AWELCOME TO LEITH filmmakers Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher Walker at the post-screening Q&A
  • Filmmaker Stanley Nelson and Producer Laurens Grant of THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTIONFilmmaker Stanley Nelson and Producer Laurens Grant of THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION
  • (L-R) American Film Institute President, Bob Gazzale, with RISE: THE PROMISE OF MY BROTHER’S KEEPER filmmaker Dawn Porter and AFI DOCS Festival Director, Michael Lumpkin(L-R) American Film Institute President, Bob Gazzale, with RISE: THE PROMISE OF MY BROTHER’S KEEPER filmmaker Dawn Porter and AFI DOCS Festival Director, Michael Lumpkin
  • John Hoffman, EVP of Documentaries and Specials greets the audience at the screening of RISE: THE PROMISE OF MY BROTHER’S KEEPERJohn Hoffman, EVP of Documentaries and Specials greets the audience at the screening of RISE: THE PROMISE OF MY BROTHER’S KEEPER
  • Filmmaker Dawn Porter of RISE: THE PROMISE OF MY BROTHER’S KEEPER welcoming audiences to the NewseumFilmmaker Dawn Porter of RISE: THE PROMISE OF MY BROTHER’S KEEPER welcoming audiences to the Newseum
  • Panelists speak to Newseum audiences about the My Brother’s Keeper initiative at AFI DOCSPanelists speak to Newseum audiences about the My Brother’s Keeper initiative at AFI DOCS
  • (L-R) Dr. S Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore Country Public Schools, Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, FCC, Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition, Anthony Bharataji Joplin, Supervisor & Counselor, Youth Guidance’s (L-R) Dr. S Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore Country Public Schools, Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, FCC, Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition, Anthony Bharataji Joplin, Supervisor & Counselor, Youth Guidance’s
  • Director Marc Silver, Ron Davis and Lucy McBath and Te-Nehisi Coates at the 3 ½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS post-screening Q&A, sponsored by The AtlanticDirector Marc Silver, Ron Davis and Lucy McBath and Te-Nehisi Coates at the 3 ½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS post-screening Q&A, sponsored by The Atlantic
  • (L-R) Te-Nehisi Coates from The Atlantic with Lucy McBath, Marc Silver and Ron Davis at the screening of 3 ½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS(L-R) Te-Nehisi Coates from The Atlantic with Lucy McBath, Marc Silver and Ron Davis at the screening of 3 ½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS
  • (L-R) Jordan Davis’ mother Lucy McBath, filmmaker Marc Silver and Jordan’s father Ron Davis from 3 ½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS(L-R) Jordan Davis’ mother Lucy McBath, filmmaker Marc Silver and Jordan’s father Ron Davis from 3 ½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS
  • AFI DOCS Head Programmer, Andrea Passafiume moderates the FROM THIS DAY FORWARD post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Sharon Shattuck and film subject Trisha Shattuck on SkypeAFI DOCS Head Programmer, Andrea Passafiume moderates the FROM THIS DAY FORWARD post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Sharon Shattuck and film subject Trisha Shattuck on Skype
  • Matthew Heineman, director of CARTEL LAND sponsored by The Washington Post, welcomes audiences to the AFI Silver screeningMatthew Heineman, director of CARTEL LAND sponsored by The Washington Post, welcomes audiences to the AFI Silver screening
  • Stanley Nelson welcomes the AFI DOCS crowd to his screening of THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION sponsored by the Corporation for Public BroadcastingStanley Nelson welcomes the AFI DOCS crowd to his screening of THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION sponsored by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • (L-R) AFI Silver’s Josh Gardner moderates the FRAME BY FRAME post-screening Q&A with Associate Producer, Baktash Ahadi, Photojournalist Najibullah Musafer, and co-Directors Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli, sponsored by The Washington Post(L-R) AFI Silver’s Josh Gardner moderates the FRAME BY FRAME post-screening Q&A with Associate Producer, Baktash Ahadi, Photojournalist Najibullah Musafer, and co-Directors Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli, sponsored by The Washington Post
  • FRAME BY FRAME co-directors Mo Scarpelli (L) and Alexandria Bombach (R) and photojournalist Najibullah MusaferFRAME BY FRAME co-directors Mo Scarpelli (L) and Alexandria Bombach (R) and photojournalist Najibullah Musafer
  • BEST OF ENEMIES filmmakers Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon during their post-screening Q&A at the AFI Silver TheatreBEST OF ENEMIES filmmakers Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon during their post-screening Q&A at the AFI Silver Theatre
  • SHORTS PROGRAM 2 Filmmakers (L-R) of WHO STOLE THE RUBY SLIPPERS, Bruna Raynaud-Matsin and Theodore James, David Darg of BODY TEAM 12, Steven Bognar of THE LAST REEL and filmmaker Daniel Addelson and subject Erin Roberts of A STRONG BEAT during the post-sSHORTS PROGRAM 2 Filmmakers (L-R) of WHO STOLE THE RUBY SLIPPERS, Bruna Raynaud-Matsin and Theodore James, David Darg of BODY TEAM 12, Steven Bognar of THE LAST REEL and filmmaker Daniel Addelson and subject Erin Roberts of A STRONG BEAT during the post-s
  • TYKE ELEPHANT OUTLAW Filmmakers Stefan Moore (L) and Susan Lambert  (R) with PAWS President Ed StewartTYKE ELEPHANT OUTLAW Filmmakers Stefan Moore (L) and Susan Lambert (R) with PAWS President Ed Stewart
  • (L-R) INDIA’S DAUGHTER US Campaign Director, Peggy Cafferty and Filmmaker Leslee Udwin(L-R) INDIA’S DAUGHTER US Campaign Director, Peggy Cafferty and Filmmaker Leslee Udwin
  • Attendees of the AFI DOCS Filmmaker Conference listening intently to the “The Filmmaker as Journalists: Managing Risk in Investigative Documentary Work” panelAttendees of the AFI DOCS Filmmaker Conference listening intently to the “The Filmmaker as Journalists: Managing Risk in Investigative Documentary Work” panel
  • (L-R) Moderator Carrie Lozano, award winning journalist and filmmaker, Jay Ward Brown, LSKS Managing Partner, Raney Aronson-Rath, Executive Producer of FRONTLINE PBS, Bernardo Ruiz, award winning documentary filmmaker, and Giovanna Chesler, Director of th(L-R) Moderator Carrie Lozano, award winning journalist and filmmaker, Jay Ward Brown, LSKS Managing Partner, Raney Aronson-Rath, Executive Producer of FRONTLINE PBS, Bernardo Ruiz, award winning documentary filmmaker, and Giovanna Chesler, Director of th
  • AFI DOCS Festival Director welcomes attendees to the 2015 Filmmaker ConferenceAFI DOCS Festival Director welcomes attendees to the 2015 Filmmaker Conference
  • FRONTLINE PBS Executive Producer, Raney Aronson-Rath giving a keynote speech at the AFI DOCS Filmmaker ConferenceFRONTLINE PBS Executive Producer, Raney Aronson-Rath giving a keynote speech at the AFI DOCS Filmmaker Conference