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AFI Fest and AFM Announce November 2011 Dates

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 29, 2011 at 4:58AM

This year's AFI Fest will take place in Los Angeles from November 3-10, timed to coincide with the American Film Market in Santa Monica, November 2-9. This marks the festival's 25th year of screenings, to be held at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre of the American Cinematheque and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The fest will continue to offer free screenings (thanks to sponsor Audi), which were introduced by former festival director Rose Kuo, who has moved on to run the Film Society at Lincoln Center and the New York Film Festival. She was succeeded by Jacqueline Lyanga. A guest artistic director for 2011 is still to be named; David Lynch did the honors last year, and designed the Fest's poster.
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This year's AFI Fest will take place in Los Angeles from November 3-10, timed to coincide with the American Film Market in Santa Monica, November 2-9. This marks the festival's 25th year of screenings, to be held at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre of the American Cinematheque and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The fest will continue to offer free screenings (thanks to sponsor Audi), which were introduced by former festival director Rose Kuo, who has moved on to run the Film Society at Lincoln Center and the New York Film Festival. She was succeeded by Jacqueline Lyanga. A guest artistic director for 2011 is still to be named; David Lynch did the honors last year, and designed the Fest's poster.

The AFI Fest is now accepting submissions in narrative, documentary, experimental, animated and short film categories. Go to AFI or WithoutABox for submission info; deadlines are July 29 for shorts and August 12 for features. Last year's fest marked Black Swan's Los Angeles premiere with the film's stars in attendance (pictured).

More info is available at 1-866-AFI-FEST or AFI.com.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.