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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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  • 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.   Entries are now being accepted and filmmakers are invited to submit feature and short documentaries at AFI.com/AFIDOCS or through Withoutabox.com.  AFI DOCS presents a diverse slate of documentaries from around the world that convenes filmmakers with policymakers and opinion leaders in Washington, DC.  The 14th edition of AFI DOCS will have three submission date deadlines — early, regular and late — for both short films (40 minutes and under) and feature films.

  • AFI DOCS FILM FESTIVAL AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

    Best Feature goes to WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?Best Short goes to A CONVERSATION WITH MY BLACK SON***PHOTOS AVAILABLE AT AFIDOCSPRESS.AFI.COM***Festival Convenes Global Filmmakers With U.S.

  • AFI DOCS OFFERS WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS

    Saturday Spotlight Screenings: THE ARMOR OF LIGHT and World Premiere of FIRST AND 17Closing Night Screening of MAVIS! from filmmaker Jessica EdwardsWashington, DC, Saturday, June 20, 2015 — Weekend highlights include the world premiere of The Washington Post Strand film FIRST AND 17 from director Brad Horn and the Spotlight Screening of THE ARMOR OF LIGHT from director Abigail Disney.  AFI DOCS concludes the 2015 festival on Sunday night with the Closing Night Screening of MAVIS! and panel discussion with director Jessica Edwards and film subject Julian Bond. WORLD PREMIERE OF FIRST AND 17Saturday, June 20 at 3:15 p.m.

  • AFI DOCS OFFERS FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

    Pioneering Documentary Filmmaker Stanley Nelson to be Honored at the Guggenheim SymposiumSpotlight Screenings Include MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED and THE DIPLOMATDay Two of the Filmmaker ConferenceWashington, DC, Friday, June 19, 2015 — AFI DOCS presents a full schedule of Friday events that include the Charles Guggenheim Symposium celebrating Emmy Award®-winning documentarian Stanley Nelson.  The Guggenheim Symposium, which is free and open to the public, will include a presentation of Nelson’s work and a discussion and Q&A with the legendary filmmaker.  Also featured are Spotlight Screenings of MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED from director Greg Whiteley and THE DIPLOMAT from director David Holbrooke.  The two-day Filmmaker Conference concludes Friday at the Hotel Monaco.WHAT:           GUGGENHEIM SYMPOSIUM                     The Guggenheim Symposium will pay tribute to pioneering documentary filmmaker Stanley NelsonWHO:             Filmmaker Stanley Nelson, moderator Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post’s movie critic, Archivist of the United States David S.

  • AFI DOCS OFFERS THURSDAY HIGHLIGHTS

    Programming includes world premieres of THE THREE HIKERS and Discovery's RISE: THE PROMISE OF MY BROTHER'S KEEPERDay One of the Filmmaker ConferenceWashington, DC, Thursday, June 18, 2015 — AFI DOCS presents a full schedule of Thursday’s events including the world premieres of THE THREE HIKERS and RISE: THE PROMISE OF MY BROTHER’S KEEPER and day one of the Filmmaker Conference.  These events and festival screenings further the mission of AFI DOCS:  to bring filmmakers, our nation's leaders and audiences together in the heart of Washington, DC.WHAT:    THE THREE HIKERS, from The Washington Post Film Strand In 2009, when American hikers Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal mistakenly wandered off the beaten path near Iraq’s poorly marked border with Iran, they quickly experienced the draconian consequences of their error.WHO:    THE THREE HIKERS director Natalie Avital, film subjects Josh Fattal and Nora Shourd, mother of hiker Sarah Shourd.

  • AT&T LEADS WIDE SUPPORT OF AFI DOCS 2015

    FESTIVAL SPONSORS INCLUDE CORPORATIONS, PHILANTHROPISTS, ARTS ASSOCIATIONS, GOVERNMENT AGENCIESFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 9, 2015, WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced AFI DOCS’ 2015 festival support that includes returning presenting sponsor AT&T, major corporations, arts associations, philanthropists and government agencies.  The documentary film festival will run June 17–21 in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD.“AT&T recognizes the power of documentary film and stands with AFI to ensure it is celebrated in a manner worthy,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO.

  • THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE UNVEILS FULL SLATE OF AFI DOCS 2015 FILMS

    81 Films from 25 Countries Including Four World Premieres to Screen June 17–21 in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MDFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 20, 2015, WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced the slate of films for the AFI DOCS 2015 Film Festival, running June 17–21 in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD.  The 13th edition of the festival showcases 81 films representing 25 countries, including four world premieres, three U.S.

  • THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES AFI DOCS OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT FILMS

    Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville's BEST OF ENEMIES and Jessica Edwards' MAVIS! to Bookend AFI DOCS 2015MAY 12, 2015, WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced Magnolia Pictures’ BEST OF ENEMIES, from director Robert Gordon and Academy Award®-winning director Morgan Neville (20 FEET FROM STARDOM), as the Opening Night film at AFI DOCS.  HBO’s MAVIS! from AFI DOCS alumna director Jessica Edwards has been named the Closing Night film selection.AFI DOCS kicks off on June 17 with the Opening Night Gala and screening of BEST OF ENEMIES at the Newseum, followed by a discussion and Q&A with filmmakers Gordon and Neville.

  • STANLEY NELSON NAMED 2015 GUGGENHEIM HONOREE BY THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

    The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that AFI DOCS will pay tribute to pioneering documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson as its 2015 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree.

  • AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE APPOINTS MICHAEL LUMPKIN DIRECTOR OF AFI DOCS

    AT&T Returns to AFI DOCS 2015 as Presenting SponsorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, DECEMBER 11, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the appointment of producer and the Executive Director of the International Documentary Association (IDA) Michael Lumpkin as Director of AFI DOCS, the Institute’s annual documentary festival in Washington, DC.

  • AFI DOCS 2015 ANNOUNCES DATES AND CALL FOR ENTRIES

    The American Film Institute’s 13th Annual Documentary FestivalWill Be Held June 17-21, 2015LOS ANGELES, CA, October 8, 2014 – The American Film Institute’s international documentary film festival, AFI DOCS 2015 will take place June 17–21, 2015 in and around the nation’s capital – with the goal to inspire change by bringing together the nation’s leaders and leading artists.  Located in Washington, DC’s Penn Quarter, as well as the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD, AFI DOCS continues the American Film Institute’s legacy in Washington, DC where it was born of a presidential mandate in 1965.  AFI DOCS presents a diverse slate of documentaries ranging in topics from national politics, education and health to music, sports, nature and culture.Submissions are now open and filmmakers are invited to submit feature and short documentaries at AFI.com/AFIDOCS or through Withoutabox.com. This year AFI DOCS will have three deadlines – early, regular and late submission dates for both short films (40 minutes and under) and feature films.December 12, 2014 - Early submission deadline for both features and shortsJanuary 30, 2015 - Regular submission deadline for both features and shortsMarch 2, 2015 - Late submission deadline for both features and shortsJune 17–21, 2015 - AFI DOCSAFI DOCS is the only festival in the U.S.