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.

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2014 Press

  • AFI DOCS ANNOUNCE FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS

  • FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR THURSDAY INCLUDE

    The Spotlight Screening of E-TEAMThree AFI Catalyst ScreeningsThe Second Annual Policy Engagement Program on Capitol HillFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, June 19, 2014 – AFI DOCS presents a full schedule of events that includes the festival’s Spotlight Screening of E-TEAM, directed by Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman;three AFI Catalyst Screenings dedicated to public discourse and the second annual Policy Engagement Program, which brings filmmakers to the U.S.

  • FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEKEND INCLUDE

    Saturday Closing Night Film: LIFE ITSELFSunday Spotlight Screening: FREEDOM SUMMERFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, WASHINGTON, DC, June 21, 2014 – AFI DOCS presents a full weekend of films in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD including the Closing Night screening of LIFE ITSELF, directed by Steve James, and a Spotlight Screening of FREEDOM SUMMER, directed by Stanley Nelson.

  • FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR FRIDAY INCLUDE

    Academy Award®-winning Director Alex Gibney to Be Honored at Guggenheim SymposiumSpotlight Screening: GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE MEAFI Catalyst Screening: THE HOMESTRETCHWashington, DC, Friday, June 20, 2014 – Friday features a full day of films and events at AFI Docs 2014 including the Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoring Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney and the Spotlight Screening of GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME, by filmmaker James Keach.

  • AFI DOCS ANNOUNCES FILMMAKER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

    Tickets Now Available for Catalyst Screenings with Filmmakers and Policy LeadersFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Monday, June 16, 2014, Washington, DC – AFI DOCS announced details today for the AFI DOCS Filmmaker Enrichment Program, a series of professional development sessions which embody the mandate of the festival – to bring together the nation’s leaders and the nation’s leading artists.The new program includes both a Policy Engagement Series — an opportunity for festival filmmakers to meet with congressional and federal agency staff and Impact Panels dedicated to helping filmmakers amplify their message within stakeholder communities. Also announced today are details for the AFI DOCS Catalyst Screenings.  These are film screenings followed by discussions on diverse subjects  – homeless youth seeking an education, skyrocketing college tuition and government overreach.

  • AT&T JOINS AFI DOCS 2014 AS A PRESENTING SPONSOR

  • AFI DOCS UNVEILS FULL SLATE OF 2014 FILMS

    Celebration of Documentaries Presents84 Films from 28 Countries June 18–22Festival Opens with World Premiere of HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEYCloses with LIFE ITSELF and Celebrates Alex Gibney as Guggenheim HonoreeNew Events Include Catalyst Screenings and the Filmmaker Engagement ProgramWashington, DC – AFI DOCS announced today its full slate of films for the 2014 festival, which runs from June 18 - 22 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD.  The festival will showcase 84 films representing 28 countries, including four World, three U.S.

  • AFI DOCS ANNOUNCES ‘HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY’ AND ‘LIFE ITSELF’ AS OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT SELECTIONS

    Actor Hal Holbrook Introduces the World Premiere as Opening Night America’s Movie Critic Roger Ebert is Celebrated as Closing Night

  • ALEX GIBNEY NAMED 2014 GUGGENHEIM HONOREE BY THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

    Filmmakers and Policy Leaders to Attend June 20, 2014 AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium at National Archives in Washington, DCMAY 1, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC – The American Film Institute announced today that AFI DOCS will pay tribute to Academy Award® winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney as its 2014 AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim honoree during its 12th edition held June 18-22, 2014 in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD.