AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, announced today the remaining films that will screen in the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight, and Cinema’s Legacy programs. AFI FEST will take place November 6 through 13 in Hollywood, CA, at the Dolby Theatre®, the TCL Chinese Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
World Cinema showcases the most acclaimed international films of the year, Breakthrough highlights true discoveries of the programming process, Midnight’s selections will grip the audience with terror and laughter and Cinema’s Legacy highlights recent restorations of classic films and films about the history of cinema. The films in the World Cinema and Breakthrough are among those eligible for their respective section’s Audience Award.
The complete AFI FEST program includes 118 films (73 features, 45 shorts), representing 39 countries. There are 29 films directed/co-directed by women, 16 documentaries and 17 animated films. The breakdown by section is: Galas/Tributes (6), Special Screenings (8), American Independents (8), New Auteurs (10), World Cinema (29), Midnight (4), Breakthrough (4), Conversations (4), Cinema’s Legacy (4) and Short Films (45), and includes 9 official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submissions.
This year’s program also includes 9 films from 22 AFI alumni, including FOXCATCHER edited by Jay Cassidy (AFI Class of 1976); THE GAMBLER by production designer Keith P. Cunningham (AFI Class of 1990); THE HAIRCUT directed by Alexis O. Korycinski (AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Class of 2014); INHERENT VICE by cinematographer Robert Elswit (AFI Class of 1977); SLUT by producer Lisa Gollobin (AFI Class of 2014), screenwriter Chloe Okuno (AFI Class of 2014), cinematographer Benjamin Kirk Nielsen (AFI Class of 2014), editor Michael Block (AFI Class of 2014) and production designer Yihong Annie Ding (AFI Class of 2014); and TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER by associate producer Erin Li (AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Class of 2013).
Several filmmakers return to AFI FEST this year including CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA’s Olivier Asayas; THE SALT OF THE EARTH’s Wim Wenders, MOMMY’s Xavier Dolan, THE ABSENT’s Nicolás Pereda, SELF MADE’s Shira Geffen and BUZZARD’s Joel Potrykus.
As previously announced, the Opening Night Gala will be the World Premiere of A MOST VIOLENT YEAR (DIR J.C. Chandor) on Thursday, November 6, INHERENT VICE (DIR Paul Thomas Anderson) will play on Saturday, November 8, the World Premiere of THE GAMBLER (DIR Rupert Wyatt) will play on Monday, November 10, THE HOMESMAN (DIR Tommy Lee Jones) will play on Tuesday, November 11, Sophia Loren will be honored with a special Tribute on Wednesday, November 12 and FOXCATCHER (DIR Bennett Miller) will be the Closing Night Gala on Thursday, November 13. Please note that Opening Night will now be at the Dolby Theatre.
The AFI FEST mobile app is now available for download. Festival-goers can create their own personalized festival schedule; learn all about this year’s films and events; receive instant messages and breaking news; and purchase passes and get free tickets. The app is available for both iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android devices for free. Download the iOS version or the Android version here.
Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and Galas will be available to the general public online at AFI.com beginning Friday, October 24, but only the Cinepass Express pass will provide priority entry to all regular screenings including the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight, and Cinema’s Legacy selections, as well as access into the Cinema Lounge. These and other AFI FEST Passes are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST