AT&T LEADS WIDE SUPPORT OF AFI DOCS 2015
FESTIVAL SPONSORS INCLUDE CORPORATIONS, PHILANTHROPISTS,
ARTS ASSOCIATIONS, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
FOR 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. “We are grateful to all our sponsors for their commitment to AFI DOCS and the celebration of storytelling as a catalyst to conversation in the heart of our nation’s capital.”
This year, AFI's official airline, American Airlines, returns as an Official Sponsor of the festival. Official Sponsors include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, VIZIO and NBCUniversal. Major Sponsors include Amtrak, SonicPool, Maryland Film Office, SONY, CYM Media & Entertainment, The Fledgling Fund and The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands. The Washington Post is the Major Media Sponsor of the festival. Both Hotel George and Hotel Monaco return as the Official Hotels of AFI DOCS.
Returning sponsors also include HBO, IDA, Indiewire, Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, Embassy of Israel, Embassy of Poland, The Wall Street Journal, WHUT Howard University Television, WAMU 88.5 FM - American University Radio, Variety, WTOP 103.5/WTOP.com, Downtown Silver Spring and Yelp.
New sponsors to AFI DOCS include The Advocate/Here Media, Discovery Communications, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Netflix, Picture Motion, Screen International, SundanceNow Doc Club and UniFrance Films.
In addition to supporting AFI DOCS film programming, Spotlight, Special Screenings and festival events, sponsors provide 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 national and local promotion of the festival.
2015 FESTIVAL SPONSORS
Presenting Sponsor: AT&T
Official Sponsors: American Airlines (official airline of AFI), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, NBCUniversal, VIZIO
Screen Partners: Discovery Communications, HBO, Netflix
Major Sponsors: Amtrak, The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, CYM Media & Entertainment, The Fledgling Fund, Maryland Film Office, PBS, SonicPool, Sony
Contributing Sponsors: Downtown Silver Spring, International Documentary Association, Picture Motion
Supporting Sponsors: Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., SundanceNow Doc Club
Cultural Sponsors: Ad Astra, Inc., Embassy of Israel, Embassy of the Republic of Poland, UniFrance Films
Major Media Sponsor: The Washington Post
Official Media Sponsors: The Advocate, Screen International, Variety, The Wall Street Journal, WAMU 88.5 FM - American University Radio, WHUT Howard University Television
Affiliate Media Sponsors: Indiewire, WTOP 103.5 FM/WTOP.com, Yelp
Official Hotels: Hotel George, Hotel Monaco
Generous Individual and Foundation Support Provided By:
Official Festival Underwriters: Stephanie and Hunter Hunt
Major Festival Underwriters: Anonymous (2), Jarecki Family Foundation
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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, Errol Morris, D A Pennebaker and Frederick Wiseman. Now in its 13th year, the festival will be held June 17-21, 2015 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
AFI is America’s promise to preserve the heritage 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 the AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film; 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, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI FEST presented by Audi, AFI DOCS and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; 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 twitter.com/AmericanFilm, facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute and youtube.com/AFI.
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