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  • THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES AFI DOCS 2017 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

    ***PHOTOS AVAILABLE AT AFIDOCSPRESS.AFI.COM***​Best Feature Goes to STEPBest Short Goes to FISH STORYMariska Hargitay, Bill Nye, Laura Poitras, Morgan Spurlockand More Celebrate Documentary Film at the 15th Edition of AFI DOCSFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — JUNE 19, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute has announced the AFI DOCS 2017 Audience Award winners, concluding the five-day festival in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD.  This year's Audience Award for Best Feature went to STEP, directed by Amanda Lipitz.

  • AT&T RETURNS TO AFI DOCS AS PRESENTING SPONSOR

    Festival Sponsors Include Cultural Institutions, Major Companies and FoundationsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JUNE 2, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) is proud to announce the sponsors for AFI DOCS 2017.

  • AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES AFI DOCS 2017 IMPACT LAB PARTICIPANTS

    Two-Day Intensive Leads to Greater Issue Advocacy, Grants and DistributionFive 2016 AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grant Recipients Received Distribution DealsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — May 30, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced this year's AFI DOCS Impact Lab participants.

  • LAURA POITRAS NAMED 2017 GUGGENHEIM HONOREE BY AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

    AFI DOCS Will Celebrate Academy Award®-Winning Documentarian on June 16FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 23, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced that AFI DOCS will pay tribute to Laura Poitras — the groundbreaking filmmaker best known for her Academy Award®-winning Edward Snowden portrait CITIZENFOUR (2014) — as the festival's 2017 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree.Each year, the AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors a master of the nonfiction art form.  Taking place at the Newseum on June 16, the Symposium will include an in-depth conversation with Poitras along with clips from her acclaimed works.  Poitras' latest film RISK (2016), a six-year project following WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, was released by Neon on May 5 and will air on Showtime this summer.  Poitras' impressive documentary catalog also includes THE OATH (2010), MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY (2006) and FLAG WARS (2003). "Poitras has the extraordinary instinct and ability to put her camera in the heart of history as it unfolds, regardless of the risk," said Michael Lumpkin, Director, AFI DOCS.  "Using her keen eye, Poitras reveals worlds just beyond what we can see.  We are honored to celebrate her remarkable career and dedication to the documentary form." Poitras' first feature-length documentary, FLAG WARS, was nominated for an Emmy® and won a Peabody Award, cementing her stature as a top-notch documentarian from the outset.  Next, she was nominated for a Best Documentary Feature Academy Award® for MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY, the first installment in her post-9/11 trilogy.  In 2015, Poitras won the Academy Award® for CITIZENFOUR.  That same year, Poitras co-founded Field of Vision, an entity that commissions and creates original short-form nonfiction films about global events. Poitras 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), Stanley Nelson (2015) and Werner Herzog (2016).AFI DOCS is proud to have AT&T return as this year's Presenting Sponsor.  Passes and tickets to AFI DOCS, including the Charles Guggenheim Symposium, are now on sale at AFI.com/afidocs.About AFI DOCSAFI DOCS is the American Film Institute's annual documentary festival in Washington, DC.  Presenting the year's best documentaries, AFI DOCS is the only festival in the U.S.

  • THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES AFI DOCS 2017 FORUM

    Forum Features Spotlight on Virtual Reality, Canadian Docs, Impact of Conservative Docs, Nonfiction Podcasts and More  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 22, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the 2017 AFI DOCS Forum.  Open to all AFI DOCS passholders and festival filmmakers, the four-day Forum will take place June 15–18 at the AFI DOCS Festival Hub at the District Architecture Center in Washington, DC.  The Forum will present a variety of networking and professional development events for filmmakers, industry professionals and those with a passion for nonfiction storytelling.  Highlights include an examination of the rising surge of conservative documentaries, virtual reality presentations, talks on funding, female-focused docs and much more."We are excited to present a thought-provoking program of panels and presentations to attendees of the AFI DOCS Forum," said Michael Lumpkin, Director of AFI DOCS.  "Filmmakers and documentary film-lovers will convene to discuss the state of the industry, the latest trends and address the issues facing nonfiction storytellers today.  The Forum offers the unique opportunity to connect filmmakers and industry insiders outside of the movie theater."The Forum will offer presentations examining topics such as nonfiction storytelling in a "post-truth" world; emerging trends in documentary funding; and the latest programs to support women-centered initiatives in documentary filmmaking.Additional Forum programming includes a panel with AFI DOCS Canadian filmmakers to discuss Canada's role in creating the documentary form; a panel with short-documentary filmmakers and funders to discuss and support the model; a session with NPR on nonfiction podcasts; and a documentary case study and screening of the St.

  • AFI DOCS 2017 REVEALS FULL SLATE OF FILMS

    103 Films From 28 Countries Including Three World Premieres and 11 Spotlight Screenings Will Screen June 14–18 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MDFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 12, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the full slate of films for AFI DOCS 2017, a five-day documentary celebration in the nation's capital.  Each year, the festival is committed to providing artists with the opportunity to present powerfully told, artfully constructed stories — and to connect audiences and filmmakers with policy leaders.

  • AFI DOCS 2017 ANNOUNCES OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT FILMS

    Bryan Fogel's ICARUS and John Dorsey's YEAR OF THE SCABto Bookend Five-Day Festival AT&T Returns as Presenting Sponsor  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 4, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — AFI DOCS, the American Film Institute's annual documentary celebration in the nation's capital, has announced the Opening and Closing Night films for its 15th annual edition.

  • 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