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

SUPPORT FROM ADDITIONAL CORPORATIONS, PHILANTHROPISTS AND LOCAL ARTS AGENCIES RECOGNIZES THE POWER OF FILM TO INSPIRE CHANGE

TICKETS ON SALE TODAY FOR THE JUNE 18-22 FESTIVAL


WASHINGTON, DC, June 2, 2014 – The American Film Institute announced today that AT&T will join AFI DOCS 2014, the Institute’s documentary festival in the Washington, DC area, as presenting sponsor.  Support of the five-day celebration, which runs June 18–22, also comes from a wide range of corporations, philanthropists and government agencies.  Their sponsorship affirms the ever-growing power of documentary film.  Tickets to screenings and events go on sale today.

“We salute AT&T for recognizing the power of documentary film and its potential to inspire change,” said Bob Gazzale, President and CEO, American Film Institute.  “Thanks for their support – and the support from all our sponsors – AFI DOCS can provide an exhilarating exploration of important true stories told by artists from around the world.  With screenings in our nation’s capital, the issues raised by these films have the greatest opportunity for impact with our nation’s leaders.”

American Airlines is the Official Airline of AFI and a sponsor of the festival.  Official Sponsors include Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Stella Artois.  Major Sponsors include Amtrak, CYM Media & Entertainment, The DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, Indie DCP and the Maryland Film Office.  The Hotel George and Hotel Monaco are the Official Hotels of AFI DOCS.  Sony is a Featured Sponsor of the festival.  The Washington Post is the Major Media Sponsor.  

Returning sponsors also include Clyde’s Restaurant Group, Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, Google, Variety, Video Labs, WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio, WHUT Howard University Television and YELP.

New sponsors this year include The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, CNN Films, Downtown Silver Spring, Embassy of the Republic of Poland, The Fledgling Fund, Gibson Guitar Showroom, HBO Documentary Films, IndieFlix, Indiewire, International Documentary Association, Mercury Public Affairs, Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, Penn Social, Royal Danish Embassy, Uber, The Wall Street Journal and WTOP. 

In addition to supporting the presentation of films, Impact Panels and Catalyst Screenings, sponsors provide strategic goods and services to filmmakers and festival attendees throughout the week.  Participation ranges from sponsoring specific film screenings and receptions to outfitting venues with technology infrastructure and creating event spaces.  Sponsors also participate in the national and local promotion of the festival.


2014 FESTIVAL SPONSORS
Presenting Sponsor:  AT&T
Official Sponsors:  Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Stella Artois
Major Sponsors:  Amtrak, CYM Media & Entertainment, The DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, Indie DCP, Maryland Film Office
Featured Sponsor:  Sony
Supporting Sponsors:  Clyde’s Restaurant Group, Downtown Silver Spring, Google, Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, International Documentary Association, Mercury Public Affairs, Uber, Video Labs
Official Media Sponsors:  Variety, The Wall Street Journal, WHUT Howard University Television
Major Media Sponsor:  The Washington Post
Affiliate Media Sponsors:  The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, IndieFlix, Indiewire,
WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio, WTOP, YELP
Screen Partners:  CNN Films, HBO Documentary Films
Cultural Sponsors:  Embassy of Israel, Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Royal Danish Embassy
Official Airline:  American Airlines
Official Hotels:  Hotel George, Hotel Monaco
Venue Partners: Gibson Guitar Showroom, Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, Penn Social


Generous individual and foundation support is provided by:
Official Festival Underwriters: Stephanie & Hunter Hunt
Major Festival Underwriters:  Embrey Family Foundation, The Fledgling Fund
Festival Underwriters:  Tod & Sally MacKenzie, Nell Minow, George & Tricia Vradenburg 

The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center and its programs benefit from major support from Montgomery County, Maryland and the American Film Institute.  The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center also is funded in part by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.


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About AFI DOCS
AFI 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. dedicated to screenings and events that connect audiences, filmmakers and policy leaders in the seat of our nation’s government.  The AFI DOCS advisory board includes Ken Burns, Davis Guggenheim, Chris Hegedus, Werner Herzog, Barbara Kopple, Spike Lee, Albert Maysles, Errol Morris, D A Pennebaker and Frederick Wiseman.  Now in its 12th year, the festival will be held June 18-22, 2014, in landmark Washington, DC, venues and the historic AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD.  Visit AFI.com/AFIDOCS and connect on twitter.com/AFIDOCS, facebook.com/AFIDOCS and youtube.com/AFI.


About the American Film Institute
The American Film Institute, founded in the White House Rose Garden in 1965, is an educational arts organization committed to excellence in film.  AFI is America’s promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers.  AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film – now in its 42nd year; AFI Awards, honoring the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year; AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies television events and movie reference lists; year-round exhibition through AFI Fest presented by Audi, AFI Docs and the AFI Silver Theatre; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world renowned AFI Conservatory.  For more information about AFI, visit AFI.com or connect with AFI at facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute, twitter.com/AmericanFilm and youtube.com/AFI.

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