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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 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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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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Jane Fonda to Receive AFI Lifetime Achievement Award (CLIPS)

The American Film Institute's 42nd Lifetime Achievement will be given to two-time Oscar-winner Jane Fonda at a gala tribute on June 5, 2014. While Fonda needs no introduction, check out clips from her legendary and illustrious career, from "Klute" and "Coming Home" to her recent stint on HBO's "The Newsroom."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • October 3, 2013 11:59 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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American Film Institute Announces 2013 AFI Awards Dates

For the 14th time, the AFI Awards will honor the creative teams behind the 10 most outstanding films and 10 most outstanding television programs of the year. Honorees will be announced on December 9, with a private luncheon to follow on January 10, 2014, where awards will be given.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 17, 2013 8:00 AM
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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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AFI Docs Announces Policy Engagement Program; Documentary Filmmakers Meet with Policy Makers to Maximize Impact

AFI Docs presented by Audi (formerly Silverdocs) has announced their inaugural Policy Engagement Program, where filmmakers making social-issues documentaries connect with policy makers to maximize their impact on the issues their films cover. The program will take place in Washington D.C. on June 20; panelists and full schedule below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 18, 2013 2:12 PM
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AFI Introduces Eight New Women Directors at Shorts Program, Ava DuVernay to Give Keynote Address

The American Film Institute will introduce eight new female filmmakers at its Directing Workshop for Women on May 6, where new short films by each director will screen.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 2, 2013 1:44 PM
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