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LETTERS TO JACKIE Theatrical Premiere

It was a packed house at last night’s opening night gala.  Flanked by the U.S. Capitol, a steady stream of filmmakers and DC VIPs walked the red-carpet at the Newseum before watching the theatrical premiere of Bill Couturie’s much anticipated documentary LETTERS TO JACKIE. The interactive venue, which houses news and journalism artifacts, was transformed into a glamorous reception space, à la Jackie O’. After the film (and the applause ended) guests mingled and enjoyed food by THE SOURCE by Wolfgang Puck. What a great night, and even better way to kick off AFI DOCS presented by Audi!

AFI FEST 2012 films screening in the World Cinema section.

AFI FEST 2012 films screening in the World Cinema section.

Breakthrough and Midnight films screening at AFI FEST 2012.

World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Short Film Selections

World Cinema showcases the most anticipated and prize-winning international films of the year, Breakthrough highlights work discovered only through the submission process and Midnight’s selections are always haunting. Both World Cinema and Breakthrough feature a number of films making their North American or U.S. Premieres, including THE ANGELS’ SHARE, GREATEST HITS, LAURENCE ANYWAYS, NAIROBI HALF LIFE, PIETA, WHITE ELEPHANT and ZAYTOUN.

Two of the shorts in competition are from AFI Conservatory’s recent class of 2011 – Justin Tipping’s NANI and Ryan Prows’ NARCOCORRIDO, both winners at the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards® in the Narrative film category earlier this year. Heidi Levitt (AFI Class of 1987) is once again represented at the festival, this time as executive producer of GINGER AND ROSA in the Special Screenings section.

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(Film still from STARLET, directed by Sean Baker)

We are very excited today to announce the YOUNG AMERICANS and NEW AUTEURS sections of AFI FEST 2012 presented by Audi. AFI FEST will take place November 1 through 8 in Hollywood, CA at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

“This year we’ve expanded our Young Americans section to accommodate the many great American independent films submitted,” said Lane Kneedler, Associate Director of Programming at AFI FEST.  “The section features exciting directors and filmmakers like the Zellner brothers and Joe Swanberg who are returning to AFI FEST with new films.  It’s been extraordinary to see the growth and evolution of this section over the past three years.”

 “Our New Auteurs competition section is an opportunity for us to highlight some of the strongest filmmaking by first and second time directors this year.  These are films that have been garnering acclaim and winning awards at festivals all over the world and are now being showcased together for the first time,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director of AFI FEST.  “Last year this section included Michael Roskam’s Oscar®- nominated BULLHEAD and Julia Loktev’s THE LONELIEST PLANET.  Every year, it’s exciting to see the talent that emerges from this showcase of new narrative feature filmmakers.”

The Young Americans section features work by emerging U.S. filmmakers.

APE:  DIR/SCR Joel Potrykus.
KID-THING:  DIR/SCR David Zellner.
ONLY THE YOUNG:  DIR Jason Tippet, Elizabeth Mims.
PEARBLOSSOM HIGHWAY:  DIR Mike Ott.  SCR Mike Ott, Atsuko Okatsuka.
STARLET:  DIR Sean Baker.  SCR Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch.  
TCHOUPITOULAS:  DIR Turner Ross, Bill Ross.

The New Auteurs section highlights first and second-time feature film directors from around the world.

AFTER LUCIA:  DIR/SCR Michel Franco.  Mexico.
ANTIVIRAL:  DIR/SCR Brandon Cronenberg.  Canada/USA.
CLIP:  DIR/SCR Maja Miloš.  Serbia.
EAT SLEEP DIE:  DIR/SCR Gabriela Pichler.  Sweden.
HERE AND THERE:  DIR/SCR Antonio Mendez Esparza.  Mexico/Spain/USA.
IN THE FOG:  DIR Sergei Loznitsa.  Germany/Russia/Belarus/The Netherlands/Latvia.
NOT IN TEL AVIV:  DIR/SCR Nony Geffen.  Israel.
SIMON KILLER:  DIR/SCR Antonio Campos.  USA.
Film stills are available for press use only and can be downloaded at:

The complete festival program will be announced on Thursday, October 11.  Media accreditation closes on Friday, October 5.  For details on how to apply for media accreditation, please visit

Meet the AFI FEST Staff: Amy Campbell, Director of Special Events

Amy Campbell

(Left to right: Cindi Kim, Linda Arellano, Josh Porro, Amy Campbell, Gregory Copeland)

What is your job at AFI FEST?

I am Director of Special Events and our team is responsible for coordinating the production of the Gala nights.  We manage the red carpet set-up and Will Call each evening.

How long have you worked at AFI FEST?

I have worked for AFI since 2000, but I started working on AFI FEST in 2007.

What do you enjoy about working at AFI FEST?

I enjoy meeting and working with all of the great people including the AFI FEST staff, sponsors and the guests.

What’s you favorite movie (of all time)?

My favorite film is THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

What’s your most memorable AFI FEST moment?

There are so many great moments.  I worked with Warner Bros. on the NORTH BY NORTHWEST Anniversary Screening and it was great hearing Eva Maria Saint talk about working with Alfred Hitchcock.

Catching Up With AFI FEST Alumni: Mike Ott, Director of LITTLEROCK

Mike Ott

What’s your favorite AFI FEST memory?

My favorite moment from 2010 was the night of our screening.  Not only was it packed with no seats left, there were a bunch of people who were still in line waiting outside of the theater.  I remember seeing a woman in particular who had a gigantic bucket of popcorn in her hands, screaming at the top of her lungs at a volunteer at the door: “I need to see this f***ing movie!  What am I supposed to do with all this God damn popcorn???”  It’s an image I will never forget.

What are you working on now?

I just finished post on my new feature, PEARBLOSSOM HWY, which like my last film takes place in the Antelope Valley.  I call it a loose sequel to LITTLEROCK.   I’m also currently developing my next film, which will be the third installment in the trilogy of desert films.   This one deals with mostly new characters and is centered on the militia movement in the U.S.

AFI FEST presented by Audi Announces 2012 Festival Dates and Call For Entries

We are thrilled to announce the dates of AFI FEST 2012 presented by Audi are set for November 1 - 8, and we are now open for submissions!

AFI FEST is the American Film Institute’s annual celebration of artistic excellence, and 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. It is the only film festival of its stature that is free to the public, and will take place in Hollywood, California, the movie capital of the world, at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres at the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Egyptian Theatre of the American Cinematheque and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

“Each year, the festival brings over a hundred filmmakers from around the world to Los Angeles to present their films, and to spend eight days with among the most discerning public audiences of movie-lovers in the world and leaders in the entertainment community. We bring filmmakers to Los Angeles, some for the first time, and it all begins with the call for entries,“ said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST.

Filmmakers are invited to submit narrative, documentary, experimental, animated and short films at or through The final submission deadline for short films (under 30 minutes) is July 27, 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 deadline for feature-length films is August 10.

“As a programmer, the thrill of watching a blind submission new entry and discovering a new filmmaker is such a rewarding experience. Through our submission process last year, we found new filmmakers in every corner of the globe, including Chile, Iran and Sweden, and we look forward to the talent that awaits us this year,” said Lane Kneedler, Associate Director of Programming, AFI FEST.

Filmmakers can e-mail or call 1.866.AFI.FEST for more information about the submissions process.


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