Festival Sponsors Include
Corporations, Media and Cultural Institutions,
Arts Associations and Philanthropists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 14, 2019, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the sponsors for AFI DOCS 2019, with AT&T returning for the sixth consecutive year as Presenting Sponsor, representing the top level of support.

Support for the festival comes from a wide range of major corporations, media companies, cultural institutions, arts associations and individual philanthropists. The 17th edition of AFI DOCS runs June 19-23, 2019, in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD.

"AT&T's continued support for AFI DOCS allows us to provide the best experience for filmmakers and audiences to come together through the surprising, inspiring and incredible stories shared at the festival," said Michael Lumpkin, Director of AFI Festivals. "We'd like to thank all of our sponsors, both new and returning, for their dedication to AFI DOCS and documentary filmmaking."

AT&T will host the Opening Night World Premiere of TRUE JUSTICE: BRYAN STEVENSON'S FIGHT FOR EQUALITY, which will screen at the National Archives.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) returns as Official Sponsor of the festival. CPB provides support for the inaugural Cinema's Legacy section at AFI DOCS, featuring three groundbreaking documentaries originally broadcast on public media platforms; the AFI DOCS Forum explores topics at the intersection of public media and nonfiction storytelling; and a day-long Localism Works Convening of regional filmmaking communities from across the U.S.

Primary Media Partners for the 2019 festival are Meet the Press with Chuck Todd and The Washington Post. This year, Meet the Press sponsors a number of screenings at the festival — which highlight compelling political and social themes in our nation — as well as a panel discussion during the AFI DOCS Forum. The Washington Post Press Freedom Partnership will also sponsor various programming, including the Closing Night Screening of RAISE HELL: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS and an AFI DOCS Forum panel discussion.

Screen Sponsors include Audi, HBO, Netflix and Showtime Documentary Films. Showtime Documentary Films will once again host the Filmmaker and Industry Welcome Reception. Audi, headquartered in the DC metro area, will provide vehicles for filmmaker transportation to and from official venues for screenings and special events.

Here TV, Variety and WHUT-TV return this year as Official Media Partners.

This year's Major Sponsors include Curiosity Stream; the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment; 202Creates; IMDbPro; Maryland Film Office; the National Endowment for the Arts and Participant Media.

Affiliate Media Partners are Filmmaker Magazine and International Documentary Association.

Supporting Sponsors are Downtown Silver Spring, the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce and Insight Property Group.

Cultural and Community Sponsors are DC Filmmakers, Docs in Progress, Embassy of Australia, Mexican Cultural Institute, Producers Guild of America, TIVA-DC, the Video Consortium and Women in Film & Video.

This year's Official Hotels are The George and Hotel Monaco.

Generous individual support comes from Official Festival Underwriters Grace Guggenheim, Rachel and John King, Nancy Blachman, Stephanie and Hunter Hunt, Bryan O'Keefe and Alexandra and Sean Parker.

In addition to supporting AFI DOCS film programming and festival events, sponsors provide services to filmmakers and festival attendees throughout the week. Participation ranges from sponsoring specific film screenings and receptions to providing lodging and transportation and participating in panels. Sponsors also participate in national and local promotion of the festival.

AFI DOCS is the American Film Institute's annual documentary festival in Washington, DC. Presenting the year's best documentaries, AFI DOCS is the only festival in the U.S. dedicated to screenings and events that connect audiences, filmmakers and policy leaders in the heart of our nation's government. The AFI DOCS advisory board includes Ken Burns, Davis Guggenheim, Chris Hegedus, Werner Herzog, Barbara Kopple, Spike Lee, Errol Morris, Stanley Nelson, D A Pennebaker and Frederick Wiseman. Now in its 17th year, the festival will be held June 19-23, 2019, in landmark Washington, DC, venues, Landmark Theatres E Street Cinema and at the historic AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. Visit and connect on,, and

About the American Film Institute
The American Film Institute was established by presidential proclamation in the White House Rose Garden, and launched its national mandate on June 5, 1967 — to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI's founding Trustees included Chairman Gregory Peck, Vice Chairman Sidney Poitier, Francis Ford Coppola, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Jack Valenti and George Stevens, Jr., as Director.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a diversified, global leader in telecommunications, media and entertainment, and technology. It executes in the market under four operating units. WarnerMedia's HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. divisions are world leaders in creating premium content, operate one of the world's largest TV and film studios, and own a world-class library of entertainment. AT&T Communications provides more than 100 million U.S. consumers with entertainment and communications experiences across TV, mobile and broadband services. Plus, it serves nearly 3 million business customers with high-speed, highly secure connectivity and smart solutions. AT&T Latin America provides pay-TV services across 11 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean, and is the fastest growing wireless provider in Mexico, serving consumers and businesses. Xandr provides marketers with innovative and relevant advertising solutions for consumers around premium video content and digital advertising through its AppNexus platform.

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About The Washington Post and Washington Post Press Freedom Partnership
The Washington Post is an award-winning news leader whose mission is to connect, inform, and enlighten local, national and global readers with trustworthy reporting, in-depth analysis and engaging opinions. It combines world-class journalism with the latest technology and tools so readers can interact with The Post anytime, anywhere.

The Washington Post Press Freedom Partnership is an ongoing initiative that aims to highlight organizations working vigilantly to promote press freedom and raise awareness of the rights of journalists worldwide. Learn more at

Meet the Press with Chuck Todd is where newsmakers come to make news — setting the political agenda and spotlighting the impact Washington decision-making has on Americans across the country. It is the #1 most-watched Sunday public affairs show for the 2017-2018 season, reaching more than three million viewers every Sunday and millions more through social, digital and on-demand platforms. Meet the Press brings its authority and influencer interviews to MSNBC with MTP Daily weekdays at 5 p.m. ET and to the 1947: The Meet the Press Podcast. It's the longest-running show in television history, recently expanding its brand to include a political short-documentary film festival in collaboration with the American Film Institute. Chuck Todd is the political director of NBC News and the moderator of Meet the Press; John Reiss is the executive producer.



Elizabeth Ward, AFI DOCS PR, 202.339.9598, [email protected]
Ryan Lattanzio, American Film Institute, 323.856.7619, [email protected]