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 Director Michael Lumpkin, filmmaker Ramin
Bahrani, Guggenheim Symposium Honoree Werner Herzog and AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.AFI DOCS Director Michael Lumpkin, filmmaker Ramin Bahrani, Guggenheim Symposium Honoree Werner Herzog and AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.
  • Guggenheim Symposium Honoree Werner Herzog and AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.Guggenheim Symposium Honoree Werner Herzog and AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.
  • 2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium moderator Ramin Bahrani and honoree Werner Herzog at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium moderator Ramin Bahrani and honoree Werner Herzog at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.
  • Vice chairman of the Newseum Shelby Coffey and Guggenheim Symposium Honoree Werner Herzog at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.Vice chairman of the Newseum Shelby Coffey and Guggenheim Symposium Honoree Werner Herzog at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.
  • AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale introduces 2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium Honoree Werner Herzog and moderator Ramin Bahrani at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale introduces 2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium Honoree Werner Herzog and moderator Ramin Bahrani at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.
  • A packed house for the 2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.A packed house for the 2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.
  • 2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium Honoree Werner Herzog in conversation with moderator Ramin Bahrani at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium Honoree Werner Herzog in conversation with moderator Ramin Bahrani at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.
  • Filmmaker Ramin Bahrani and Guggenheim Symposium Honoree Werner Herzog at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.Filmmaker Ramin Bahrani and Guggenheim Symposium Honoree Werner Herzog at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.
  • Charles Guggenheim Symposium moderator filmmaker Ramin
Bahrani at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.Charles Guggenheim Symposium moderator filmmaker Ramin Bahrani at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.
  • 2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree Werner Herzog at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree Werner Herzog at the Newseum on June 24, 2016.
  • Norman Lear and son Ben Lear at the HBO Documentary Films Party at Prequel on June 24, 2016.Norman Lear and son Ben Lear at the HBO Documentary Films Party at Prequel on June 24, 2016.
  • Norman Lear and AFI DOCS Director Michael Lumpkin at the HBO Documentary Films Part at Prequel on June 24, 2016.Norman Lear and AFI DOCS Director Michael Lumpkin at the HBO Documentary Films Part at Prequel on June 24, 2016.
  • Guggenheim Symposium Honoree Werner Herzog at the Filmmaker Reception at Old Ebbitt Grill on June 24, 2016.Guggenheim Symposium Honoree Werner Herzog at the Filmmaker Reception at Old Ebbitt Grill on June 24, 2016.
  • Women Make Movies' Erika Howard and AFI DOCS Director Michael Lumpkin at the Filmmaker Reception at Old Ebbitt Grill on June 24, 2016.Women Make Movies' Erika Howard and AFI DOCS Director Michael Lumpkin at the Filmmaker Reception at Old Ebbitt Grill on June 24, 2016.
  • AFI DOCS filmmakers gather for the Filmmaker Reception at Old Ebbitt Grill on June 24, 2016.AFI DOCS filmmakers gather for the Filmmaker Reception at Old Ebbitt Grill on June 24, 2016.
  • MISS SHARON JONES! director Barbara Kopple, film subject Sharon Jones and Megan Frestedt at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.MISS SHARON JONES! director Barbara Kopple, film subject Sharon Jones and Megan Frestedt at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.
  • AFI DOCS Director Michael Lumpkin and Sharon Jones at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.AFI DOCS Director Michael Lumpkin and Sharon Jones at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.
  • AFI DOCS Director Michael Lumpkin and MISS SHARON JONES! director Barbara Kopple at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.AFI DOCS Director Michael Lumpkin and MISS SHARON JONES! director Barbara Kopple at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.
  • A standing ovation for MISS SHARON JONES film subject Sharon Jones and director Barbara Kopple at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.A standing ovation for MISS SHARON JONES film subject Sharon Jones and director Barbara Kopple at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.
  • MISS SHARON JONES! film subject Sharon Jones and director Barbara Kopple during a panel at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.MISS SHARON JONES! film subject Sharon Jones and director Barbara Kopple during a panel at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.
  • TICKLED director David Farrier during a Q&A at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.TICKLED director David Farrier during a Q&A at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.
  • TICKLED director David Farrier at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.TICKLED director David Farrier at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.
  • MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE director Rita Coburn-Whack during a Q&A at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE director Rita Coburn-Whack during a Q&A at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.
  • MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE director Rita Coburn-Whack and A FAMILY AFFAIR director Tom Fassaert at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE director Rita Coburn-Whack and A FAMILY AFFAIR director Tom Fassaert at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.
  • A FAMILY AFFAIR director Tom Fassaert addresses the audience at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.A FAMILY AFFAIR director Tom Fassaert addresses the audience at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.
  • HAVEABABY director Amanda Micheli and producer Serin Marshall at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.HAVEABABY director Amanda Micheli and producer Serin Marshall at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.
  • ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL director Tracy Droz Tragos at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL director Tracy Droz Tragos at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.
  • TOWER producer Megan Gilbride at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.TOWER producer Megan Gilbride at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.
  • ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL director Tracy Droz Tragos and The Undefeated's Soraya Nadia McDonald at the panel discussion on June 24, 2016 at Landmark E Street Cinema.ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL director Tracy Droz Tragos and The Undefeated's Soraya Nadia McDonald at the panel discussion on June 24, 2016 at Landmark E Street Cinema.
  • TWO WORLDS director Maciej Adamak addresses the audience at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.TWO WORLDS director Maciej Adamak addresses the audience at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 24, 2016.
  • Filmmakers from the BOYS AND GIRLS Shorts Program sponsored by Harbers Studios at the AFI Silver Theatre on June 24, 2016.Filmmakers from the BOYS AND GIRLS Shorts Program sponsored by Harbers Studios at the AFI Silver Theatre on June 24, 2016.