Press Releases

  • AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES AFI DOCS 2018 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS 

     ***PHOTOS AVAILABLE HERE***Best Feature Goes to MR.

  • NBC NEWS' "MEET THE PRESS" JOINS AFI DOCS AS A MEDIA SPONSOR

    "Meet the Press" Presents a Strand of Four Films Moderated by NBC News Journalists,Including Moderator Chuck Todd FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — JUNE 13, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that NBC News' "Meet the Press" has joined AFI DOCS 2018 as a media sponsor.

  • AT&T RETURNS TO AFI DOCS AS PRESENTING SPONSOR

    FESTIVAL SPONSORS INCLUDECORPORATIONS, CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS,ARTS ASSOCIATIONS AND PHILANTHROPISTSFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — June 13, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the AFI DOCS 2018 festival sponsors — with AT&T returning this year as Presenting Sponsor, which represents the top level of support.

  • AFI DOCS AND RABEN_IMPACT ANNOUNCE 2018 AFI DOCS IMPACT LAB FILM PROJECTS

    Four Features and One Short Selected for the AFI DOCS Impact Lab FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — JUNE 5, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — AFI DOCS — the American Film Institute's five-day documentary film festival in the nation's capital, supported by Presenting Sponsor AT&T — has announced the five films selected for the fourth annual AFI DOCS Impact Lab in partnership with RABEN_IMPACT.

  • AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES AFI DOCS 2018 FORUM

    AFI DOCS Forum Will Feature Discussions on the Rise of Short Filmmaking, the State of Documentary Filmmaking in the DC Region, Resources for Filmmakers and More FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 23, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — AFI DOCS — the American Film Institute's five-day documentary film festival in the nation's capital, supported by Presenting Sponsor AT&T — has announced its 2018 Forum.

  • STEVE JAMES NAMED 2018 GUGGENHEIM HONOREE BY AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

    AFI DOCS Will Celebrate Academy Award®-Nominated Filmmaker on June 14 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 18, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — AFI DOCS — the American Film Institute's five-day documentary film festival in the nation's capital, supported by Presenting Sponsor AT&T — has announced that it will pay tribute to Steve James as the 2018 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree.

  • AFI DOCS 2018 UNVEILS FULL SLATE OF FILMS

    AFI DOCS 2018UNVEILS FULL SLATE OF FILMS 92 Films From 22 Countries, Including Five World Premieres,Will Screen June 13–17 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 11, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — AFI DOCS has announced its full slate of films for 2018 — with AT&T returning as Presenting Sponsor of the American Film Institute's five-day documentary film festival in the nation's capital.

  • AFI DOCS 2018 ANNOUNCES OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT FILMS, CENTERPIECE AND SPECIAL SCREENINGS

    PERSONAL STATEMENT and UNITED SKATES to Bookend Five-Day Festival in Nation's Capital AT&T Returns as Presenting Sponsor FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 4, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — AFI DOCS has announced its Opening and Closing Night films, and Centerpiece and Special Screenings — with AT&T returning as Presenting Sponsor of the festival for the fifth consecutive year.

  • 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.