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AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES DATES AND CALL FOR ENTRIES

The American Film Institute Celebrates the Year in Global Cinema

and Continues Unprecedented Offer of Free Tickets To All Screenings

LOS ANGELES, CA, March 5, 2013 – AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi officially announced its dates and call for entries today. The American Film Institute’s annual celebration of artistic excellence brings the audience and the entertainment community together to explore the year in global cinema through the new works of film masters, moving image icons and breakthrough talents, and is the only film festival of its stature that is free to the public. This year AFI FEST will take place November 7 through 14 in Hollywood, California, the movie capital of the world, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly known as Grauman’s Chinese), the Chinese 6 Theatres at the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Egyptian Theatre of the American Cinematheque and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

AFI FEST mixes nightly red carpet galas of Hollywood films with award-winning and highly anticipated new auteur works from filmmakers around the world. Emerging in 1987 as a program of the American Film Institute, the festival has paid tribute to numerous influential filmmakers and artists over the years, including Pedro Almodóvar, Bernardo Bertolucci and David Lynch as Guest Artistic Directors, as well as top film talent such as Darren Aronofsky, Danny Boyle, Marion Cotillard, Catherine Deneuve, Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep, to name a few. In addition, AFI FEST has showcased scores of films that have produced wins at the Oscars® in recent years, including A SEPARATION, AMOUR, THE ARTIST, BLACK SWAN, THE KING’S SPEECH, LIFE OF PI, LINCOLN, PRECIOUS and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.

"AFI FEST is where the films of talented emerging filmmakers have the opportunity to screen alongside the current works of masters of the art form," said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST. "Last year’s festival included many extraordinary films from across the globe, from the World Premiere of Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN and Ang Lee’s LIFE OF PI to first-time feature filmmaker Tosh Gitonga’s NAIROBI HALF LIFE, whose film was AFI FEST’s Audience Award Breakthrough winner and Kenya’s first-ever Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission.”

The 2012 festival featured the World Premieres of HITCHCOCK from Sacha Gervasi and the previously mentioned LINCOLN from Steven Spielberg, as well as the Secret Screening of SKYFALL from Sam Mendes, and brought over 200 filmmakers from all over the world to Los Angeles to present their films to the city’s audience of film-lovers, including new films from established filmmakers such as Léos Carax, Matteo Garrone, Michael Haneke, Kim Ki-duk, Cristian Mungiu, Sally Potter, Walter Salles and Hong Sang-soo, among many others.

Submissions are now open and filmmakers are invited to submit narrative, documentary, experimental, animated and short films at AFI.com/AFIFESTor through Withoutabox.com. The final submission deadline for short films (under 30 minutes) is August 2, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards®. The final submission deadline for feature-length films is August 16. Films found solely through the submissions process are presented in the festival’s Breakthrough section, providing an opportunity for new filmmakers to share their vision with the world and receive a $5,000 cash prize.

"Festivals are a place of great discovery, and every year we look forward to finding new films and filmmakers through our submissions-based Breakthrough section and in our Oscars®-qualifying Short Film program,” said Lane Kneedler, Associate Director of Programming, AFI FEST.

Filmmakers can e-mail programming@AFI.com or call 866.AFI.FEST for more information about the submissions process.

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Producer Ginger Wilson, director David Tosh Gitonga and Sarika Hemi Lakhani - AFI FEST 2012 Audience Award Breakthrough winner - NAIROBI HALF LIFE.

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A still from AFI FEST 2012 Audience Award Breakthrough winner - NAIROBI HALF LIFE.

AFI Alumni at SXSW 2013: Updated List with Music Videos

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SXSW 2013 | AFI ALUMNI CREDITS

This year’s South by Southwest festival will feature 27 productions from 42 AFI alumni. The Austin-based festival begins on Friday, March 8th. Learn more at SXSW.com.

BIG ASS SPIDER!

Benji Bakshi (AFI Class of 2009), Cinematographer

(Midnighters)

BURMA

Tom Richmond (AFI Class of 1979), Cinematographer

(Narrative Feature Competition)

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March 2013 Issue of American Film Now Online

The new issue of American Film™ is now online at http://americanfilm.afi.com/.  This month’s edition features an interview with composer Danny Elfman (OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL), a look back at Paul Schrader’s work on TAXI DRIVER and more.

The Oscar at the AFI Conservatory Library

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This weekend will bring us the 85th annual Academy Awards ceremony hosted by Seth MacFarlane.

The AFI Conservatory library currently has an Oscar on display in its reading room. The award was presented to Warren Newcombe for his work on GREEN DOLPHIN STREET in 1947. We thought that we should share a picture of it in honor of the event, and we wish all the nominees and participants good luck.

AFI Alumni Films at SXSW 2013 (Updated List)

(Note: this list has been updated to a more current version here.)

Film fans! Are you ready to visit Texas?

This year’s South by Southwest festival will feature 23 films from 39 AFI alumni. The Austin-based festival begins on Friday, March 8th. Learn more at SXSW.com.

SXSW 2013 | AFI ALUMNI CREDITS

BIG ASS SPIDER!

Benji Bakshi (AFI Class of 2009), Cinematographer

(Midnighters)

BURMA

Tom Richmond (AFI Class of 1979), Cinematographer

(Narrative Feature Competition)

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Grand Central Station: 100 Years of Cinema

Today New York’s Grand Central Station celebrates its centennial birthday. To celebrate, AFI has compiled a list of films in which the famous terminal “plays a role.”

RED HAIRED ALIBI (1932)
http://www.afi.com/members/catalog/DetailView.aspx?s=&Movie=5621

STRANGERS OF THE EVENING (1932)
http://www.afi.com/members/catalog/DetailView.aspx?s=&Movie=6853

DANGEROUSLY YOURS (1933)
http://www.afi.com/members/catalog/DetailView.aspx?s=&Movie=5386

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February 2013 Issue of American Film Now Online

The new issue of American Film™ is now online at http://americanfilm.afi.com/. This month’s edition features “90 Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Warner Bros.”

Andy Serkis Visits the AFI Conservatory

Andy Serkis visited the AFI Conservatory this week to discuss his motion capture experiences on films like THE HOBBIT, LORD OF THE RINGS and KING KONG. Here he is pictured to the right of Ahmed Best, a current Fellow at the Institute who did the motion capture acting for the character of Jar Jar Binks in several STAR WARS films.

AFI Alumni Winners - Sundance 2013

Congratulations to all of the AFI alumni who worked on award-winning films! Sundance 2013 showed 25 films which featured the work of 40 AFI Conservatory Alums.

The winners are…

AFTERNOON DELIGHT
James Burke (AFI Class of 1993), Executive Producer
Rick Rosenthal (AFI Class of 1973), Executive Producer
Jean-Paul Leonard (AFI Class of 2011), Art Director
Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13033/afternoon_delight

COMPUTER CHESS
Matthias Grunsky (AFI Class of 2000), Cinematographer
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize

FRUITVALE
Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006), Cinematographer
U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic presented by Acura

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13025/fruitvale

IN A WORLD…
Seamus Tierney (AFI Class of 2004), Cinematographer
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13027/in_a_world

PALIMPSEST
Todd Banhazl (AFI Class of 2009), Cinematographer
Short Film Special Jury Award for Acting

THE SPECTACULAR NOW
Linda Sena (AFI Class of 2001), Production Designer
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13117/the_spectacular_now

WHIPLASH
Edd Lukas (AFI Class of 2008), Cinematographer
Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction

AFI Alumni at the Sundance Film Festival

Who’s excited for the Sundance Film Festival? We have 40 AFI Conservatory Alums represented across 25 films screening throughout the festival!

Check out all the films screening and their dates at the following links:

U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION

AFTERNOON DELIGHT

James Burke (AFI Class of 1993), Executive Producer

Rick Rosenthal (AFI Class of 1973), Executive Producer

Jean-Paul Leonard (AFI Class of 2011), Art Director

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13033/afternoon_delight

EMANUEL AND THE TRUTH ABOUT FISHES

Polly Morgan (AFI Class of 2010), Cinematographer

Anne Costa (AFI Class of 2010), Production Designer

Brittany Bradford (AFI Class of 2010), Art Director

Katelynn Wheelock (AFI Class of 2010), Set Decorator

Erika Walters (AFI Class of 2010), On-Set Dresser

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13124/emanuel_and_the_truth_about_fishes

FRUITVALE

Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006), Cinematographer

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13025/fruitvale

IN A WORLD…

Seamus Tierney (AFI Class of 2004), Cinematographer

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13027/in_a_world

MAY IN THE SUMMER

Rick Rosenthal (AFI Class of 1973), Executive Producer

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13036/may_in_the_summer

THE SPECTACULAR NOW

Linda Sena (AFI Class of 2001), Production Designer

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13117/the_spectacular_now

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