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Mar 11, 2015, 08:00 ET

The White House And The American Film Institute To Celebrate Young Storytellers At The Second Annual White House Student Film Festival

 The White House and the American Film Institute in collaboration with Participant Media's TEACH campaign announced today that the second...

Feb 20, 2015, 13:17 ET

The American Black Film Institute Honors Contributions to Cinema

ABFI enhances the opportunity for African Americans in front and behind the scenes of entertainment.  Honoring the contributions of Sidney...

Jan 09, 2015, 18:18 ET

AFI Awards Annual Luncheon Gathers The Creative Community's Finest To Celebrate The Year's Outstanding Films And Television Programs

 America's finest film and television artists were among the guests honored today by the American Film Institute (AFI) at its annual AFI AWARDS...

Dec 08, 2014, 16:35 ET

American Film Institute Announces AFI AWARDS 2014 Official Selections

 The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2014 – 11 outstanding films and 10 outstanding...

Nov 12, 2014, 16:15 ET

The American Film Institute To Co-Sponsor Second Annual "White House Student Film Festival"

 The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today its collaboration with the White House on the second annual White House Student Film...

Oct 03, 2014, 12:00 ET
STEVE MARTIN TO RECEIVE 43RD AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (PRNewsFoto/American Film Institute)

Steve Martin To Receive 43rd 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 Steve Martin...

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...