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May 21, 2014, 12:00 ET

AFI DOCS Unveils Full Slate Of 2014 Films

 AFI DOCS announced today its full slate of films for the 2014 festival, which runs from June 18-22 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring,...

May 15, 2014, 09:00 ET

AFI DOCS Announces 'HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY' And 'LIFE ITSELF' As Opening And Closing Night Selections

 AFI DOCS Documentary Festival announced the World Premiere of HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY and LIFE ITSELF as the Opening and Closing...

May 01, 2014, 11:00 ET

Alex Gibney Named 2014 Guggenheim Honoree By The American Film Institute

 The American Film Institute announced today that AFI DOCS will pay tribute to Academy Award® winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney as...

Dec 09, 2013, 15:00 ET

American Film Institute AFI Awards 2013 Official Selections

The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2013—10 outstanding films and 10 outstanding...

Nov 13, 2013, 22:00 ET

The American Film Institute Launches Landmark Chinese Cultural Exchange Program With New Scholarship Initiative

 The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced its AFI/IDG China Story Fellowship, a new scholarship program at the world-renowned AFI...

Oct 04, 2013, 06:00 ET
AFI to honor Jane Fonda with its 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award in 2014. Photo courtesy of Firooz Zahedi.  (PRNewsFoto/American Film Institute, Firooz Zahedi)

Jane Fonda To Receive 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award

 Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute's Board of Trustees, announced today the Board's decision to honor Jane Fonda with...

Jul 31, 2013, 03:01 ET

AFI Conservatory Boosts Scholarships

The American Film Institute announced today a dramatic increase in scholarship funding at the AFI Conservatory (AFIC) – its immersive...

Jun 25, 2013, 17:07 ET

AFI DOCS Presented by Audi Award Winners

AFI DOCS presented by Audi (formerly Silverdocs) announced today its distinguished Audience Award winners, culminating a five day festival...

Apr 12, 2013, 12:01 ET

American Film Institute Reestablishes Its Washington, DC Heritage With AFI Docs Presented By Audi

 The American Film Institute (AFI), founded in the White House Rose Garden in 1965, announced today an expansion into the heart of the nation's...

Apr 09, 2013, 11:30 ET

Target Presents AFI Night At The Movies

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today its collaboration with Target and MAGNUM® Ice Cream Bar for the return of the special...

Apr 04, 2013, 19:59 ET

In Memoriam: Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

 The American Film Institute reflects with sorrow the passing of Roger Ebert, film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times, who received an honorary...

Dec 10, 2012, 14:53 ET

American Film Institute Announces AFI Awards 2012 Official Selections

 The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2012 – the awards season event favored by...

Oct 05, 2012, 07:15 ET
American Film Institute to honor Mel Brooks with the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award, America's highest honor for a career in film.  The gala will be held on June 6, 2013 in Los Angeles and will celebrate Brooks' extraordinary life and all his endeavors.  "Brooks is America's long-reigning king of comedy - and as he taught us long ago, it's good to be the king," said Sir Howard Stringer, AFI Board of Trustees Chair.  Photo courtesy of Steven R. Stack.  (PRNewsFoto/American Film Institute)

Mel Brooks To Receive 41st AFI Life Achievement Award

 Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute's Board of Trustees, announced today the Board's decision to honor Mel Brooks with...

Sep 27, 2012, 13:00 ET

WORLD PREMIERE OF HITCHCOCK OPENS AFI FEST 2012 presented by Audi

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that HITCHCOCK, starring Academy Award® winner Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock, Academy...

Sep 20, 2012, 13:00 ET

World Premiere Of Steven Spielberg's LINCOLN Is Closing Night Of AFI FEST 2012 Presented By Audi

 The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that LINCOLN, directed by AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy...

Jun 13, 2012, 21:31 ET
MEL BROOKS AND DAVID LYNCH RECEIVE HONORARY DEGREES FROM THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE FOR "CONTRIBUTION OF DISTINCTION TO THE ART OF THE MOVING IMAGE" DURING 2012 AFI CONSERVATORY COMMENCEMENT OF #1 FILM SCHOOL IN THE WORLD HELD AT HISTORIC GRAUMAN'S CHINESE THEATRE ON JUNE 13, 2012.  BOTH ARTISTS WORKED TOGETHER ON THE ACADEMY AWARD WINNING THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980), WITH LYNCH AS DIRECTOR AND SCREENWRITER AND BROOKS AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER.  (PRNewsFoto/American Film Institute)

Mel Brooks And David Lynch Receive Honorary Degrees From The American Film Institute

BROOKS EXCHANGES QUIPS WITH CARL REINER LYNCH FORGOES PODIUM SPEECH AND RESPONDS TO QUESTIONS FROM GRADUATES 2012 COMMENCEMENT OF #1 FILM SCHOOL...

May 31, 2012, 14:35 ET

Wally Pfister To Be Honored As Alumnus Of The American Film Institute

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced that Wally Pfister, recognized as one of the most gifted cinematographers in the world today, will...

May 29, 2012, 20:55 ET

Mel Brooks And David Lynch To Receive Honorary Degrees From The American Film Institute

 The American Film Institute (AFI) announced it will confer Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa upon American comedy icon Mel Brooks...

Apr 04, 2012, 15:07 ET

American Film Institute Returns to the White House to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of "TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD"

The American Film Institute (AFI), in conjunction with USA Network and Universal Pictures, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of TO KILL A...