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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.

  • Discovery's John Hoffman introduces MOSQUITO at the Newseum on June 15, 2017.Discovery's John Hoffman introduces MOSQUITO at the Newseum on June 15, 2017.
  • Discovery's John Hoffman introduces MOSQUITO at the Newseum on June 15, 2017.Discovery's John Hoffman introduces MOSQUITO at the Newseum on June 15, 2017.
  • MOSQUITO director Su Rynard introduces the AFI DOCS Spotlight Screening of her film MOSQUITO at the Newseum on June 15, 2017.MOSQUITO director Su Rynard introduces the AFI DOCS Spotlight Screening of her film MOSQUITO at the Newseum on June 15, 2017.
  • MOSQUITO panel discussion at the Newseum on June 15, 2017.MOSQUITO panel discussion at the Newseum on June 15, 2017.
  • (L to R) MOSQUITO panel discussion with moderator Jeremy Konyndyk, former CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, director Su Rynard, MalariaWorld's Bart Knols, PhD and South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, PhD on June 15, 2017 at the Newseum.(L to R) MOSQUITO panel discussion with moderator Jeremy Konyndyk, former CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, director Su Rynard, MalariaWorld's Bart Knols, PhD and South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, PhD on June 15, 2017 at the Newseum.
  • MOSQUITO panel discussion with director Su Rynard, MalariaWorld's Bart Knols, PhD and South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, PhD on June 15, 2017 at the Newseum.MOSQUITO panel discussion with director Su Rynard, MalariaWorld's Bart Knols, PhD and South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, PhD on June 15, 2017 at the Newseum.
  • MOSQUITO panel discussion with MalariaWorld's Bart Knols PhD and South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, PhD on June 15, 2017 at the Newseum.MOSQUITO panel discussion with MalariaWorld's Bart Knols PhD and South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, PhD on June 15, 2017 at the Newseum.
  • MalariaWorld's Bart Knols at the panel discussion of MOSQUITO at the Newseum on June 15, 2017.MalariaWorld's Bart Knols at the panel discussion of MOSQUITO at the Newseum on June 15, 2017.
  • Discovery's MOSQUITO World Premiere and Spotlight Screening at the Newseum on June 15, 2017.Discovery's MOSQUITO World Premiere and Spotlight Screening at the Newseum on June 15, 2017.
  • I AM EVIDENCE director Trish Adlesic and producer Mariska Hargitay in conversation with The Washington Post's Monica Hesse on June 15, 2017.I AM EVIDENCE director Trish Adlesic and producer Mariska Hargitay in conversation with The Washington Post's Monica Hesse on June 15, 2017.
  • (L to R) AFI DOCS director Michael Lumpkin, I AM EVIDENCE producer Mariska Hargitay and director Trish Adlesic at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 15, 2017.(L to R) AFI DOCS director Michael Lumpkin, I AM EVIDENCE producer Mariska Hargitay and director Trish Adlesic at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 15, 2017.
  • AFI DOCS Director Michael Lumpkin, I AM EVIDENCE producer Mariska Hargitay, director Trish Adlesic and AFI's Nancy Harris at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 15,2 017.AFI DOCS Director Michael Lumpkin, I AM EVIDENCE producer Mariska Hargitay, director Trish Adlesic and AFI's Nancy Harris at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 15,2 017.
  • AFI DOCS director Michael Lumpkin moderating the NO MAN'S LAND panel discussion with producers Rachel Traub, Morgan Spurlock and David Osit; and director David Byars on June 15, 2017.AFI DOCS director Michael Lumpkin moderating the NO MAN'S LAND panel discussion with producers Rachel Traub, Morgan Spurlock and David Osit; and director David Byars on June 15, 2017.
  • NO MAN'S LAND panel discussion with producers Rachel Traub, Morgan Spurlock and David Osit; and director David Byars, moderated by AFI DOCS director Michael Lumpkin on June 15, 2017.NO MAN'S LAND panel discussion with producers Rachel Traub, Morgan Spurlock and David Osit; and director David Byars, moderated by AFI DOCS director Michael Lumpkin on June 15, 2017.
  • NO MAN'S LAND panel discussion with producers Rachel Traub, Morgan Spurlock and David Osit; and director David Byars  on June 15, 2017.NO MAN'S LAND panel discussion with producers Rachel Traub, Morgan Spurlock and David Osit; and director David Byars on June 15, 2017.
  • (L to R) NO MAN'S LAND producer Rachel Traub, director David Byars, AFI DOCS director Michael Lumpkin and producer Morgan Spurlock on June 15, 2017.(L to R) NO MAN'S LAND producer Rachel Traub, director David Byars, AFI DOCS director Michael Lumpkin and producer Morgan Spurlock on June 15, 2017.
  • NO MAN'S LAND producers Morgan Spurlock and Rachel Traub and director David Byars at June 15, 2017 screening at Landmark E Street Cinema.NO MAN'S LAND producers Morgan Spurlock and Rachel Traub and director David Byars at June 15, 2017 screening at Landmark E Street Cinema.
  • THE WORK filmmakers and subjects at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 15, 2017.THE WORK filmmakers and subjects at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 15, 2017.
  • TOUGH GUYS Q&A at the World Premiere screening at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 15, 2017.TOUGH GUYS Q&A at the World Premiere screening at Landmark E Street Cinema on June 15, 2017.
  • TOUGH GUYS producer Craig DiBase introduces the film's World Premiere screening on June 15, 2017.TOUGH GUYS producer Craig DiBase introduces the film's World Premiere screening on June 15, 2017.
  • TOUGH GUYS Q&A with film subjects Frank Caliguri and Bill Viola, producers Craig DiBiase and Morgan Spurlock, and directors Henry Roosevelt and W.B. Zullo, moderated by AFI's Jacqueline Lyanga on June 15, 2017.TOUGH GUYS Q&A with film subjects Frank Caliguri and Bill Viola, producers Craig DiBiase and Morgan Spurlock, and directors Henry Roosevelt and W.B. Zullo, moderated by AFI's Jacqueline Lyanga on June 15, 2017.
  • Producer Morgan Spurlock at the World Premiere of TOUGH GUYS on June 15, 2017.Producer Morgan Spurlock at the World Premiere of TOUGH GUYS on June 15, 2017.
  • TOUGH GUYS Q&A with film subject Bill Viola, producers Craig DiBiase and Morgan Spurlock, and director Henry Roosevelt on June 15, 2017.TOUGH GUYS Q&A with film subject Bill Viola, producers Craig DiBiase and Morgan Spurlock, and director Henry Roosevelt on June 15, 2017.
  • (L to R) TOUGH GUYS film editor Brock Bodell, director W.B. Zullo, director Henry Roosevelt, producers Craig DiBase, Rachel Traub and Morgan Spurlock at the World Premiere screening on June 15, 2017.(L to R) TOUGH GUYS film editor Brock Bodell, director W.B. Zullo, director Henry Roosevelt, producers Craig DiBase, Rachel Traub and Morgan Spurlock at the World Premiere screening on June 15, 2017.
  • Filmmaker Welcome Party hosted by Showtime at Dirty Habit on June 15, 2017.Filmmaker Welcome Party hosted by Showtime at Dirty Habit on June 15, 2017.
  • SAVING BRINTON filmmakers Andrew Sherburne and John Richard at the Filmmaker Welcome Party on June 15, 2017 at Dirty Habit.SAVING BRINTON filmmakers Andrew Sherburne and John Richard at the Filmmaker Welcome Party on June 15, 2017 at Dirty Habit.