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 ARMOR OF LIGHT filmmaker Abigail Disney with subject Reverend Rob Schenck at the post-screening Q&ATHE ARMOR OF LIGHT filmmaker Abigail Disney with subject Reverend Rob Schenck at the post-screening Q&A
  • Post-screening Q&A at THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION with Judith Brown Dianis, Co-Director of the Advancement Project, Jennifer Lawson, SVP, Television and Digital Video Content, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Filmmaker Stanley NelsoPost-screening Q&A at THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION with Judith Brown Dianis, Co-Director of the Advancement Project, Jennifer Lawson, SVP, Television and Digital Video Content, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Filmmaker Stanley Nelso
  • Filmmaker Jean Carlomusto of LARRY KRAMER IN LOVE AND ANGER and Larry Kramer’s physician, Dr. Anthony FauciFilmmaker Jean Carlomusto of LARRY KRAMER IN LOVE AND ANGER and Larry Kramer’s physician, Dr. Anthony Fauci
  • ALLEN AND ALINEA filmmaker Daniel AddelsonALLEN AND ALINEA filmmaker Daniel Addelson
  • Ted Johnson moderating a post-screening of STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE with filmmaker, Alex Gibney, sponsored by VarietyTed Johnson moderating a post-screening of STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE with filmmaker, Alex Gibney, sponsored by Variety
  • Filmmaker, Alex Gibney, of STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE with Ted Johnson of VarietyFilmmaker, Alex Gibney, of STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE with Ted Johnson of Variety
  • Liana Finck, subject of VERY SEMI-SERIOUS at the post-screening Q&ALiana Finck, subject of VERY SEMI-SERIOUS at the post-screening Q&A
  • The packed house at the AFI Silver Theatre for the screening of VERY SEMI-SERIOUSThe packed house at the AFI Silver Theatre for the screening of VERY SEMI-SERIOUS
  • SALAM NEIGHBOR post-screening Q&A with (L-R) Moderator Margaret Brennan of CBS News, Dr. Lina Murad, Syrian American Community Member, Lebanese Ambassador, Antoine Chedid, Anne Patterson, Assistant Secretary Bureau of Near East Affairs, U.S. State DepartmSALAM NEIGHBOR post-screening Q&A with (L-R) Moderator Margaret Brennan of CBS News, Dr. Lina Murad, Syrian American Community Member, Lebanese Ambassador, Antoine Chedid, Anne Patterson, Assistant Secretary Bureau of Near East Affairs, U.S. State Departm
  • (L-R) American Film Institute President, Bob Gazzale, with SALAM NEIGHBOR producers and filmmakers Mohab Khattab, Chris Temple, Salam Darwaza, Zach Ingrasci, and AFI DOCS Festival Director, Michael Lumpkin(L-R) American Film Institute President, Bob Gazzale, with SALAM NEIGHBOR producers and filmmakers Mohab Khattab, Chris Temple, Salam Darwaza, Zach Ingrasci, and AFI DOCS Festival Director, Michael Lumpkin
  • (L-R) AFI DOCS Festival Director, Michael Lumpkin, with the Lebanese Ambassador Antoine Chedid, Jordanian Ambassador, and American Film Institute President, Bob Gazzale(L-R) AFI DOCS Festival Director, Michael Lumpkin, with the Lebanese Ambassador Antoine Chedid, Jordanian Ambassador, and American Film Institute President, Bob Gazzale
  • Producer Daniel Hegarty of WATERLILIES, Editor Kasia Boniecka of OBJECT and Filmmaker Iris Zaki of WOMEN IN SINK discuss their films in SHORTS PROGRAM 4: UNDER WATERProducer Daniel Hegarty of WATERLILIES, Editor Kasia Boniecka of OBJECT and Filmmaker Iris Zaki of WOMEN IN SINK discuss their films in SHORTS PROGRAM 4: UNDER WATER
  • (L-R) AFI DOCS Screening Committee member Matt Radcliff with filmmaker Rebecca Parrish and Sister Simone Campbell and Sister Chris Schenk the DC screening of RADICAL GRACE in the Naval Heritage Center(L-R) AFI DOCS Screening Committee member Matt Radcliff with filmmaker Rebecca Parrish and Sister Simone Campbell and Sister Chris Schenk the DC screening of RADICAL GRACE in the Naval Heritage Center
  • HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO filmmaker Alexandra Shiva, producer Bari Pearlman, and subjects Caroline McKenzie and her parentsHOW TO DANCE IN OHIO filmmaker Alexandra Shiva, producer Bari Pearlman, and subjects Caroline McKenzie and her parents
  • (L-R) Moderator Matt Brooks with Subject Coach Karibi Dede and Director, Brad Horn, discuss the college football recruitment of Da’Shawn Hand in FIRST AND 17 sponsored by The Washington Post(L-R) Moderator Matt Brooks with Subject Coach Karibi Dede and Director, Brad Horn, discuss the college football recruitment of Da’Shawn Hand in FIRST AND 17 sponsored by The Washington Post
  • Stanley Nelson, filmmaker of THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION welcoming a sold-out crowd to his Washington, D.C. screeningStanley Nelson, filmmaker of THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION welcoming a sold-out crowd to his Washington, D.C. screening
  • Dub Lawrence, subject of PEACE OFFICER at AFI DOCSDub Lawrence, subject of PEACE OFFICER at AFI DOCS
  • FRESH DRESSED filmmaker Sacha Jenkins with AFI Silver’s Tiffany Graham-Golden at the post-screening Q&A sponsored by WHUTFRESH DRESSED filmmaker Sacha Jenkins with AFI Silver’s Tiffany Graham-Golden at the post-screening Q&A sponsored by WHUT
  • Jacqui Morris, filmmaker of ATTACKING THE DEVIL: HAROLD EVANS AND THE LAST NAZI WAR CRIME at the film’s post-screening Q&AJacqui Morris, filmmaker of ATTACKING THE DEVIL: HAROLD EVANS AND THE LAST NAZI WAR CRIME at the film’s post-screening Q&A