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AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi
ANNOUNCES DATES AND CALL FOR ENTRIES

The American Film Institute's 28th Annual Celebration of Global Cinema in Hollywood
Continues Unprecedented Offer of Free Tickets to All Screenings

Still the Only Festival in North America
with a Market Partner (American Film Market)

LOS ANGELES, CA, March 12, 2014 – AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi officially announced its dates and call for entries today. The American Film Institute's annual celebration of artistic excellence, AFI FEST brings Hollywood icons, emerging artists and audiences together to experience global cinema in the movie capital of the world. The film festival is the only one of its stature that is free to the public, and is the only festival in North America with a market partner, the AFM (American Film Market). The 28th edition of AFI FEST will take place November 6 through 13 in Hollywood, California.

Submissions are now open and filmmakers are invited to submit narrative, documentary, experimental, animated and short films at AFI.com/AFIFEST or through Withoutabox.com.

This year AFI FEST will have two deadlines - early and final submission dates for both short films (under 30 minutes) and feature films.

  • June 27 - the early submission deadline for both features and shorts;
  • August 8 - the final submission deadline for both features and shorts. 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®.

AFI FEST mixes nightly red carpet galas of Hollywood films with award-winning and highly anticipated new auteur works from filmmakers around the world. The festival has paid tribute to numerous influential filmmakers and artists over the years, including Pedro Almodóvar, Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch and Agnès Varda as Guest Artistic Directors.

The 2013 festival opened with the North American Premiere of SAVING MR. BANKS, closed with INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS and featured the World Premieres of LONE SURVIVOR and OUT OF THE FURNACE. Tributes to David O. Russell and Bruce Dern, and conversations on the craft of directing, with Steve McQueen, and acting, with Annette Bening, rounded out the programming. Guests at the festival included George Clooney, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Steve Coogan, Idris Elba, Ralph Fiennes, Tom Hanks, Woody Harrelson, Oscar Isaac, Spize Jonze, Errol Morris, Alexander Payne, Zoe Saldana, Ben Stiller, Emma Thompson, Mark Wahlberg, Forest Whitaker and Kristen Wiig.

AFI FEST 2013 brought filmmakers from all over the world to Los Angeles, including Hany Abu-Assad (OMAR, Palestine), Yuval Adler (BETHLEHEM, Israel), Biyi Bandele (HALF OF A YELLOW SUN, Nigeria), Clio Barnard (THE SELFISH GIANT, UK), Amat Escalante (HELI, Mexico), Asghar Farhadi (THE PAST, Iran/France), Hirokazu Kore-eda (LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON, Japan), Sebastián Lelio (GLORIA, Chile), Călin Peter Netzer (CHILD's POSE, Romania), Rithy Panh (THE MISSING PICTURE, Cambodia/France) and director Paulo Sorrentino's whose Italian film THE GREAT BEAUTY, won the Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film.

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

Film stills and photos from the 2013 edition of the festival and the official AFI FEST logo are available for press use only and can be downloaded at: http://afifestpress.afi.com/afi-images and http://www.afi.com/afifest/photos.aspx.

About Audi
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. The Audi Group delivered 1,575,500 vehicles to customers globally in 2013, and broke all-time company sales records for the 4th straight year in the U.S. Through 2018, AUDI AG will invest about $30 billion on new products, facilities and technologies. Visit audiusa.com or audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.

About the American Film Market
The business of independent motion picture production and distribution reaches its peak every year at the American Film Market. The global film industry converges in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making on films in every stage of development and production, as well as screenings, conferences, networking and parties.

With 8,000+ participants from more than 70 countries, 700 screenings and the industry's largest Conference Series, AFM is the pivotal destination for independent producers, filmmakers, writers, directors, distributors, financiers, development executives, the international media and all those who provide services to the worldwide motion picture industry.

The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance®, the global trade association of independent motion picture & television producers and distributors. Visit AmericanFilmMarket.com and IFTA-online.org for more.

About the American Film Institute
AFI is America's promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film – now in its 42nd year; AFI Awards, honoring the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year; AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI Fest presented by Audi, AFI Docs and the AFI Silver Theatreand Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world renowned AFI Conservatory, recognized for the quality of its instructors and speakers and its notable alumni. For more information about AFI, visit AFI.com or connect with AFI at twitter.com/AmericanFilm, facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute and youtube.com/AFI.

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