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AFI FEST 2014 Open for Entries, Announces Submission Deadlines

AFI FEST has set its dates and call for entries for the 2014 edition of the fest, running November 6 -13 in Hollywood.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 12, 2014 1:47 PM
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Review: Motherly Love Spirals Out of Control in Romania's Chilling Oscar Entry 'Child's Pose'

Cinema loves its messed up mother-son relationships. But rarely are they handled with the mastery of Calin Peter Netzer's tale of smotherly love "Child's Pose," Romania's 2014 Oscar entry and also one of the country's strongest films in a surprising, prosperous New Wave of films.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 18, 2014 11:33 AM
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Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor' Is Harrowing Portrait of Men at War; Wahlberg's Q & A Outburst VIDEO (REVIEW ROUNDUP)

A review and roundup of Peter Berg's "Lone Survivor," which had its world premiere at AFI FEST November 12.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 13, 2013 4:28 PM
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Awards Circuit: AFI FEST 'Out of the Furnace' Review, BAFTA Britannia Awards to Clooney & Elba, Thompson & Penn Sing 'Mary Poppins' (VIDEO)

Awards season is in full swing with the AFI Fest world premiere of "Out of the Furnace" (review), BAFTA Britannia awards for Clooney and Elba, Emma Thompson and Sean Penn singing the "Mary Poppins" songbook and more.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2013 7:38 PM
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AFI Fest Screens First Six Minutes of David O. Russell's 'American Hustle' -- 1.5 Times, to Be Exact (VIDEO)

An hour late, and after a couple of technical blunders, David O. Russell held court last night at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Hosted by AFI Fest, the evening was a special tribute to the Oscar-nominated "Silver Linings Playbook" director for his new film "American Hustle."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • November 9, 2013 2:07 PM
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What to See at AFI Fest 2013, from Oscar Heavyweights to Breakout Indies (TRAILERS)

Running November 7-14, AFI FEST 2013 kicks off tonight with a strong slate of Oscar contenders and critically acclaimed films. Though some tickets are harder to snag than others, it's a free festival in the center of Hollywood that invites you to catch up on the major films out of Cannes, Telluride, TIFF, Venice and NYFF.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • November 7, 2013 3:57 PM
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AFI FEST Promotes One of Last Holiday Entries Via Special Tribute to David O. Russell

Given that David O. Russell's "American Hustle" (December 25) is one of the last films to arrive into the already-crowded awards fray, the last film festival of the fall season, AFI FEST 2013 (November 7-14), gets to promote the presumed Oscar contender via Special Tribute on Friday, November 8.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 1, 2013 1:10 PM
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AFI FEST Adds Conversations and Panels, from Veteran Bening to Rising Stars Gerwig and DeHaan

AFI FEST 2013 has added conversations and panelists to its bulging program set to take place November 7 though 14 in Hollywood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 29, 2013 2:58 PM
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AFI FEST Adds World Cinema, Classics and Independents to November Program

At this point festivals like London and AFI FEST all start to resemble one another as they score a world premiere or two ("Saving Mr. Banks" and "Out of the Furnace" respectively) and lay out the usual smorgasbord of awards contenders. But Hollywood's AFI FEST (November 7-14) is adding a rich selection of films to its World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema’s Legacy and Presentations selections, including 15 foreign Oscar submissions.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 22, 2013 12:20 PM
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AFI FEST Adds Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings, World Premiere of Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor'

The American Film Institute (AFI) is adding more Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings. They include John Wells and Tracy Letts' Toronto title "August: Osage County" on November 8 and the world premiere of Peter Berg's war film "Lone Survivor" (November 12) as well as Bernardo Bertolucci's Oscar-winning "The Last Emperor" in 3-D on November 10.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 17, 2013 9:00 AM
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