AFI FEST

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Official Website:  http://www.afi.com/afifest/

The American Film Institute was founded by a 1965 presidential mandate announced in the Rose Garden of the White House by Lyndon B. Johnson – to establish a national arts organization to preserve the legacy of American film heritage, educate the next generation of filmmakers and honor the artists and their work. Two years later, in 1967, AFI was established, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Motion Picture Association of America and the Ford Foundation.

The original 22-member Board of Trustees included actor Gregory Peck as chairman and actor Sidney Poitier as vice-chairman as well as director Francis Ford Coppola, film historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and lobbyist Jack Valenti and other representatives from the arts and academia.

The institute established a training program for filmmakers known then as the Center for Advanced Film Studies. Also created in the early years were a repertory film exhibition program at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the AFI Catalog of Feature Films — a scholarly source for American film history. The institute moved to its current eight-acre Hollywood campus in 1981. The film training program grew into the AFI Conservatory, an accredited graduate school.

AFI moved its presentation of first-run and auteur films from the Kennedy Center to the historic AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, which hosts the AFI DOCS film festival, making AFI the largest nonprofit film exhibitor in the world. AFI educates audiences and recognizes artistic excellence through its awards programs and 10 Top 10 Lists. [1]

2019

Dates:  TBA
Winners:  TBA

2018

Dates:  November 8 – 15, 2018
Winners:  TBA

 2017

Dates: November 9 – 16, 2017
Winners:

Grand Jury Prize

Animated Short Film
The Burden, Min börda (original title)Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Live Action Short Film
Gaze, Negah (original title)Farnoosh Samadi

Grand Jury Prize – Special Mention, Special Jury Award
SilicaPia Borg

Vision Award in Cinematography
LawmanKalilah Robinson (Cinematographer), Matthew Gentile (Director)

Audience Award

American Independents
BodiedJoseph Kahn
New Auteurs
What Will People Say, Hva vil folk si (original title)Iram Haq
World Cinema
The Insult, L’insulte (original title)Ziad Doueiri

 

2016

Dates:  November 10 – 17, 2016
Winners:

Grand Jury Prize

Animated Short Film
Pussy, Cipka (original title)Renata Gasiorowska
Live Action Short Film
IceboxDaniel Sawka

Grand Jury Prize – Special Mention, Special Jury Award
Deer FlowerKangmin Kim
Summer Camp IslandJulia Pott
SuperbiaLuca Toth

Best Short film – Narrative Short Film
The Disappointment TourJeremy Lerman (editor)

Vision Award in Cinematography
FrontmanTodd Sheridan (Cinematographer), Matthew Gentile (Director)

Audience Award

American Independents
Donald CriedKris Avedisian
Breakthrough
DivinesHouda Benyamina
New Auteurs
DivinesHouda Benyamina
World Cinema
Land of Mine, Under sandet (original title)Martin Zandvliet
Best International Documentary Film
The Last TearChristopher H.K. Lee

New Auteurs Grand Jury Award
The Future Perfect, El futuro perfecto (original title)Nele Wohlatz

New Auteurs Grand Jury Award – Special Mention
DivinesOulaya Amamra

[1]  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “American Film Institute”, Retrieved from:  https://en.wikipedia.org

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