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AFI Fest 2012 Announces Young Americans and New Auteurs Lineup, Including Baker, Cronenberg & Loznitsa

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by Sophia Savage
October 3, 2012 3:23 PM
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Sean Baker's 'Starlet'

AFI Fest 2012, running November 1-8 in Los Angeles, announces the titles for its Young Americans and New Auteurs programs. Young Americans features works from emerging American filmmakers (eligible for an Audience Award), while New Auteurs has titles from around the world by first and second-time directors (eligible for a Grand Jury Award). The New Auteurs jury includes Indiewire's Dana Harris, as well as David Hudson (Fandor), Gregg Kilday (The Hollywood Reporter) and Bérénice Reynaud (Senses of Cinema).

Director of the festival, Jacqueline Lyanga, states “Our New Auteurs competition section is an opportunity for us to highlight some of the strongest filmmaking by first and second time directors this year. These are films that have been garnering acclaim and winning awards at festivals all over the world and are now being showcased together for the first time.” Among last year's auteurs were Michael Roskam's Oscar nominated "Bullhead" and Julia Loktev's "The Loneliest Planet."

For free tickets and pass information go here.  The titles are listed below:

YOUNG AMERICANS SELECTIONS
The Young Americans section features work by emerging U.S. filmmakers.

ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY: DIR/SCR Joe Swanberg.


APE: DIR/SCR Joel Potrykus.


ELECTRICK CHILDREN: DIR/SCR Rebecca Thomas.


THE INTERNATIONAL SIGN FOR CHOKING: DIR/SCR Zach Weintraub.


KID-THING: DIR/SCR David Zellner.


ONLY THE YOUNG: DIR Jason Tippet, Elizabeth Mims.


PEARBLOSSOM HIGHWAY: DIR Mike Ott. SCR Mike Ott, Atsuko Okatsuka.


SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME: DIR/SCR Robert Byington.


STARLET: DIR Sean Baker. SCR Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch.


SUN DON’T SHINE: DIR/SCR Amy Seimetz.


TCHOUPITOULAS: DIR Turner Ross, Bill Ross.

NEW AUTEURS SELECTIONS
The New Auteurs section highlights first and second-time feature film directors from around the world.

AFTER LUCIA: DIR/SCR Michel Franco. Mexico.


ANTIVIRAL: DIR/SCR Brandon Cronenberg. Canada/USA.


CLIP: DIR/SCR Maja Miloš. Serbia.


EAT SLEEP DIE: DIR/SCR Gabriela Pichler. Sweden.


HERE AND THERE: DIR/SCR Antonio Mendez Esparza. Mexico/Spain/USA.


A HIJACKING: DIR/SCR Tobiaas Lindholm. Denmark.


IN THE FOG: DIR Sergei Loznitsa. Germany/Russia/Belarus/The Netherlands/Latvia.


NOT IN TEL AVIV: DIR/SCR Nony Geffen. Israel.


SIMON KILLER: DIR/SCR Antonio Campos. USA.

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