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AFI FEST Reveals New Auteurs and Shorts Selections

AFI FEST 2013 has made an international selection of films for the New Auteurs and Shorts sections at this year’s festival (November 7 through 14).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2013 1:59 PM
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AFI FEST Adds Three Centerpiece Galas; 'Out of the Furnace' World Premieres

The AFI FEST has added a world premiere to their lineup, after Sony Pictures Classics pushed back Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" to 2014: Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace," starring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck and Forest Whitaker (November 9).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 30, 2013 3:58 PM
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AFI FEST Seeks Replacement for Opening Weekend Gala as 'Foxcatcher' Falls Out

The good news for the AFI FEST (November 7-14) is that it often lands late-finishers in the Oscar derby. The bad news is that they sometimes don't finish. That's what happened with Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," which was scheduled for the festival's high-profile opening weekend Friday gala on November 8. Opening night is "Saving Mr. Banks" and closing is "Inside Llewyn Davis," but AFI had hoped to world premiere the Sony Pictures Classics release, which will now benefit from further tinkering before SPC opens the film, not on December 20, but in 2014.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2013 1:59 PM
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AFI FEST 2013 Announces Four Iconic Film Selections by Guest Artistic Director Agnes Varda

The American Film Institute has announced a program of four films selected by Guest Artistic Director Agnes Varda to screen at AFI FEST 2013, including films by Bresson, Fassbinder, Cassavetes and Scorsese.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 19, 2013 2:59 PM
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AFI FEST 2013 Opens with 'Saving Mr. Banks' and Closes with 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' More Early Details

The American Film Institute has announced early details of its AFI FEST 2013 program. The North American Premiere Gala of Disney’s "Saving Mr. Banks" will open the festival on Thursday, November 7. The Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" will close the festival on November 14.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 4, 2013 9:00 AM
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