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

  • 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