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 Opening Night Gala of the North American Premiere of ZERO DAYS at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Seth Pierson.AFI DOCS Opening Night Gala of the North American Premiere of ZERO DAYS at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Seth Pierson.
  • AFI DOCS presented by AT&T. Opening Night Gala at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Seth Pierson.AFI DOCS presented by AT&T. Opening Night Gala at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Seth Pierson.
  • Newseum hosts the AFI DOCS Opening Night Gala on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Seth Pierson.Newseum hosts the AFI DOCS Opening Night Gala on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Seth Pierson.
  • L to R: Filmmaker Alex Gibney and ZERO DAYS film subjects Eric Chien and Liam O'Murchu at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Daniel Schwartz.L to R: Filmmaker Alex Gibney and ZERO DAYS film subjects Eric Chien and Liam O'Murchu at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Daniel Schwartz.
  • L to R: New York Times' David Sanger, filmmaker Alex Gibney, film subjects Eric Chien and Liam O'Murchu and executive producer Sarah Dowland at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Daniel Schwartz. L to R: New York Times' David Sanger, filmmaker Alex Gibney, film subjects Eric Chien and Liam O'Murchu and executive producer Sarah Dowland at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Daniel Schwartz.
  • L to R: AFI DOCS Director Michael Lumpkin, New York Times' David Sanger, filmmaker Alex Gibney, film subjects Eric Chien and Liam O'Murchu, executive producer Sarah Dowland and AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Courtesy ofL to R: AFI DOCS Director Michael Lumpkin, New York Times' David Sanger, filmmaker Alex Gibney, film subjects Eric Chien and Liam O'Murchu, executive producer Sarah Dowland and AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of
  • L to R: AFI DOCS Director Michael Lumpkin, filmmaker Alex Gibney and AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Daniel Schwartz.L to R: AFI DOCS Director Michael Lumpkin, filmmaker Alex Gibney and AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Daniel Schwartz.
  • ZERO DAYS filmmaker Alex Gibney at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Seth Pierson.ZERO DAYS filmmaker Alex Gibney at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Seth Pierson.
  • L to R: ZERO DAYS executive producer Sarah Dowland and film subjects Liam O'Murchu and Eric Chien at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Seth Pierson.L to R: ZERO DAYS executive producer Sarah Dowland and film subjects Liam O'Murchu and Eric Chien at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Seth Pierson.
  • AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale welcomes the Opening Night audience to AFI DOCS and the screening of ZERO DAYS. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Daniel Schwartz.AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale welcomes the Opening Night audience to AFI DOCS and the screening of ZERO DAYS. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Daniel Schwartz.
  • A packed house at the Newseum for the Opening Night Screening and North American Premiere of ZERO DAYS on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Seth Pierson.A packed house at the Newseum for the Opening Night Screening and North American Premiere of ZERO DAYS on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Seth Pierson.
  • L to R: The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday, filmmaker Alex Gibney, film subject Liam O'Murchu, film subject Eric Chien and New York Times' David Sanger at the Opening Night panel discussion of ZERO DAYS on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Daniel SchwarL to R: The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday, filmmaker Alex Gibney, film subject Liam O'Murchu, film subject Eric Chien and New York Times' David Sanger at the Opening Night panel discussion of ZERO DAYS on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Daniel Schwar
  • The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday moderating the Opening Night panel discussion with ZERO DAYS filmmaker Alex Gibney, film subjects Liam O'Murchu and Eric Chien and New York Times' David Sanger on June 22, 2016 at the Newseum. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/DanielThe Washington Post's Ann Hornaday moderating the Opening Night panel discussion with ZERO DAYS filmmaker Alex Gibney, film subjects Liam O'Murchu and Eric Chien and New York Times' David Sanger on June 22, 2016 at the Newseum. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Daniel
  • ZERO DAYS filmmaker Alex Gibney during the Opening Night panel discussion of ZERO DAYS with The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Daniel Schwartz.ZERO DAYS filmmaker Alex Gibney during the Opening Night panel discussion of ZERO DAYS with The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Daniel Schwartz.
  • The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday speaking with ZERO DAYS filmmaker Alex Gibney at the Opening Night Gala on June 22, 2106 at the Newseum. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Daniel Schwartz.The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday speaking with ZERO DAYS filmmaker Alex Gibney at the Opening Night Gala on June 22, 2106 at the Newseum. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Daniel Schwartz.
  • Opening Night panel discussion following the North American Premiere screening of ZERO DAYS on June 22, 2016 at the Newseum. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Daniel Schwartz.Opening Night panel discussion following the North American Premiere screening of ZERO DAYS on June 22, 2016 at the Newseum. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Daniel Schwartz.
  • Filmmaker Ben Lear at the AFI DOCS Opening Night Gala at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Seth Pierson.Filmmaker Ben Lear at the AFI DOCS Opening Night Gala at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Courtesy of AFI DOCS/Seth Pierson.
  • Guests of the AFI DOCS Opening Night reception at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of AFI DOCS/Seth Pierson.Guests of the AFI DOCS Opening Night reception at the Newseum on June 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of AFI DOCS/Seth Pierson.