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

  • AFI DOCS Festival Director, Michael Lumpkin with MAVIS! Filmmaker Jessica 
Edwards and subject Julian Bond at the post-screening Q&A sponsored by HBOAFI DOCS Festival Director, Michael Lumpkin with MAVIS! Filmmaker Jessica Edwards and subject Julian Bond at the post-screening Q&A sponsored by HBO
  • AFI DOCS Festival Director, Michael Lumpkin, introducing the Closing Night film, 
MAVIS! Sponsored by HBOAFI DOCS Festival Director, Michael Lumpkin, introducing the Closing Night film, MAVIS! Sponsored by HBO
  • MAVIS! Filmmaker, Jessica Edwards with subject Julian Bond and AFI DOCS Festival 
Director, Michael LumpkinMAVIS! Filmmaker, Jessica Edwards with subject Julian Bond and AFI DOCS Festival Director, Michael Lumpkin
  • OF MEN AND WAR Director Laurent Becue-Renard welcoming audiences to his screening sponsored by uniFrance FilmsOF MEN AND WAR Director Laurent Becue-Renard welcoming audiences to his screening sponsored by uniFrance Films
  • Filmmakers Lynn True, Nelson Walker and David Usui with story producer, Martha Wollner, of IN TRANSIT at the post-screening Q&A sponsored by AmtrakFilmmakers Lynn True, Nelson Walker and David Usui with story producer, Martha Wollner, of IN TRANSIT at the post-screening Q&A sponsored by Amtrak
  • Filmmakers in SHORTS PROGRAM 1: TOO MUCH TIME (L-R) Stuart Edwards of A WEE NIGHT IN, Head Programmer, Andrea Passafiume, Emily Lobsenz of SANDORKRAUT, Katherine Wells of THE TIMEKEEPER, and subject Leland Carlson of BORN TO BE MILDFilmmakers in SHORTS PROGRAM 1: TOO MUCH TIME (L-R) Stuart Edwards of A WEE NIGHT IN, Head Programmer, Andrea Passafiume, Emily Lobsenz of SANDORKRAUT, Katherine Wells of THE TIMEKEEPER, and subject Leland Carlson of BORN TO BE MILD
  • Producer Daniel Hegarty of WATERLILIES, Editor Kasia Boniecka of OBJECT and Associate Producer Racheli Geffen of WOMEN IN SINK discuss their films in SHORTS PROGRAM 4: UNDER WATERProducer Daniel Hegarty of WATERLILIES, Editor Kasia Boniecka of OBJECT and Associate Producer Racheli Geffen of WOMEN IN SINK discuss their films in SHORTS PROGRAM 4: UNDER WATER
  • Filmmaker Alexandra Shiva of HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO at the postFilmmaker Alexandra Shiva of HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO at the post
  • Ted Dintersmith of MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED introducing audiences to the screening sponsored by VizioTed Dintersmith of MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED introducing audiences to the screening sponsored by Vizio
  • Filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds of CODE: DEBUGGING THE GENDER GAPFilmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds of CODE: DEBUGGING THE GENDER GAP
  • (L-R) Editor Jayne Orenstein with Brad Horn, filmmaker of FIRST AND 17 and AFI Silver’s Matt Boratenski(L-R) Editor Jayne Orenstein with Brad Horn, filmmaker of FIRST AND 17 and AFI Silver’s Matt Boratenski
  • Mike Bonano, subject of THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING at the post-screening Q&AMike Bonano, subject of THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING at the post-screening Q&A