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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.
A still from AFI FEST 2012 Audience Award Breakthrough winner - NAIROBI HALF LIFE.
You presented your new film SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME at AFI FEST last year. Do you have a favorite moment that you can share from that experience?
The Q and A that I did with Nick Offerman was really great. The audience had responded to the film in a way that felt tonally right, and we had a blast talking about it with them. It was convivial and one of the highlights of my entire festival experience with the film.
How did you assemble such a great cast?
I have worked with Nick Offerman on five movies now, and I wrote the film withhim in mind for one of the leads, and the other lead with Keith Poulson in mind – I’ve done three movies with Keith. I just imagined the two of them as friends, and a lot followed from there. Jess Weixler and Stephanie Hunt are two tremendous actresses I met while we were casting – both were really right for the world we created. We got lucky with some of the other folks, including Marshall Bell, a great character actor, and Jonathan Togo, who was a friend of a friend – nobody who’s in the movie auditioned.
And now that your film is opening in theaters, can you tell us where people can see the film in March and where they can find out more about where it’s going to be playing during its release.
It’s going to open at the Music Box in Chicago on March 8 and then go to the CineFamily in Los Angeles on March 15, and it’s going to be available on iTunes beginning March 12.
Links are so much more useful in this case, and the best thing to do is “like” the movie on Facebook, where all of the info is kept up to date. We are playing in all of the major markets in March, which is a first for me. Here is the link for more information:
Can you tell us about your next project? What are you writing?
I’m writing a script called BUTTERFINGERS with fellow AFI FEST Alumnus Alex Ross Perry (THE COLOR WHEEL), who was the one who told me AFI FEST was the best film festival in Los Angeles, and that I’d be foolish to play the film elsewhere.
Bob Byington (L) and Nick Offerman (R) at AFI FEST 2012
When was the last time that you were at AFI FEST?
I was last at the festival in 2011, when SILVER BULLETS, ART HISTORY and THE ZONE were shown.
You made a new film that screened at AFI FEST last year – ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY – but you weren’t able to come to the festival. Where can people see that film now?
While ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY was playing at the festival I was busy acting in Ti West’s new film, THE SACRAMENT, in Savannah, GA. Thankfully, Jane Adams, Sophia Takal and Kent Osborne were able to be there and do the Q&As in my place. If people want to see ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY, there are upcoming screenings at the Florida, Wisconsin and Nashville Film Festivals in April. And we’re planning to do a small theatrical run later this year along with digital distribution.
Congratulations on your new film, DRINKING BUDDIES, that is going to be playing at SXSW this month. What is it about? And what do you want us to know before we see it?
Thanks! DRINKING BUDDIES is a comedy about two friends, Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson), who work at a craft brewery in Chicago. They have one of those really fun, flirty work friendships that feels like it could be something more, but they’re both in relationships with other people. Kate is dating an older music producer named Chris (Ron Livingston) and Luke is in a long-term relationship with a high-school teacher named Jill (Anna Kendrick). Luke and Jill are at the point in their relationship where they’re starting to talk about getting married. The film is about all of these intersecting relationships and conflicting feelings and trying to figure out what’s right for you. And it’s also about how all of this is additionally complicated when you’re drinking good craft beer all the time!
Some cool things to know about the film:
1) It was produced by Alicia Van Couvering, who also produced Lena Dunham’s film TINY FURNITURE.
2) The cinematographer, Ben Richardson, just won the Independent Spirit Award for his last film, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD.
3) There’s a funny crossover with David Lowery’s new film, AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS. David and I have been friends and collaborators for a long time, and we both started shooting our movies on the same day, so we wanted to have the same character name appear in both films. We ended up actually using the exact same name plate. I shot with it first, and then we sent it to Louisiana for David to shoot.
Here’s a still from DRINKING BUDDIES:
Can you briefly summarize your short film INTRODUCING BOBBY?
The film might best be described as a collage-form character portrait of an individual in conflict with himself.
How did this story come to you or what was the inspiration that began this journey?
I’ve always referred to myself as a ‘sensation enthusiast’ and I’m fascinated by the concept of character. I’m mainly attracted to characters in a state of psychological turmoil who experience an intense variety of emotions. Bobby is a complex character who exists in territory that’s unfamiliar to a lot of people, which is exactly what I’m inspired to make films about. Overall, I aimed to tell a story about a troubled personality who I identify with and also admire in many ways.
Telling a full/complete story in a small amount of time is an art. Can you talk about the challenges in the cutting room and discuss the challenges and advantages of making shorts?
When I finished filming I had nine hours of footage and three additional hours of unlabeled audio recordings. It was a nightmare. I have a tendency to lose focus on a project if I don’t complete it immediately so I spent roughly 40 hours cutting up and assembling everything in a dark windowless room. I operated on practically no sleep. By the time I was done I hated the film and never wanted to see it again. Luckily that changed after a while. As for making shorts - I think they just require you to be more concise with what you’re trying to express. They require you to think in terms of what can be made ultimately gratifying within a compressed period of time. There are unique freedoms within those restrictions, so it’s all about adjusting the way you approach narrative.
You mentioned during your stay in Los Angeles that AFI FEST was the only festival you officially submitted to. Why is that?
I’m going for quality over quantity with the festival screenings. I’d prefer it only be exhibited a few times by festivals with strong reputations. I think the film is better left as something intimate and, though I’d like for it to reach an audience, I’d rather not jam it down anyone’s throat. I might screen one or two more festivals but no more than that. Also, I’m filming a new short in early 2013 and always try to focus on new projects instead of lingering on old stuff.
What are some of your AFI FEST 2012 highlights? (Events you attended, people you met.)
I generally avoid film-making circles because I find myself as an artist benefiting from a certain amount of isolation. It also allows me to cherish situations where I do actually interact with other filmmakers, such as at AFI FEST. Coming to LA and mixing with nothing but film people for five days was in itself one giant highlight. I also loved meeting the AFI programmers and staff, who I can’t thank enough for inviting me to the festival.
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