AFI Fest Announces Filmmaker Focus

AFI Fest Announces Filmmaker Focus

A press release sent to us just now regarding AFI Fest.

Exclusive Clips and In-Depth Conversations with Filmmakers From Netflix and HBO Max
Tickets and Passes to All Screenings and Events are Available Online

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Los Angeles, CA, October 15, 2020 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that AFI FEST 2020 presented by Audi will feature extended clips and in-depth conversations with filmmakers from three of the year’s most anticipated titles.  This year’s festival will take online October 15-22, 2020.  Visit to view this year’s lineup.

HILLBILLY ELEGY: A Conversation with Ron Howard, Amy Adams and Glenn Close
An exclusive conversation with director Ron Howard, Amy Adams and Glenn Close of HILLBILLY ELEGY presented by Netflix. Based on the bestselling memoir by J.D. Vance, HILLBILLY ELEGY is a modern exploration of the American Dream and three generations of an Appalachian family as
told by its youngest member, a Yale Law student forced to return to his hometown.

THE WHITE TIGER: A Conversation with Ramin Bahrani, Moderated by Werner Herzog 
An exclusive conversation and sneak preview of THE WHITE TIGER, written, directed and produced by Ramin Bahrani presented by Netflix. THE WHITE TIGER is the epic journey of a poor Indian driver who must use his wit and cunning to break free from servitude to his rich masters and rise to the top of
the heap. Based on the New York Times bestseller and 2008 Man Booker Prize-winning

THE WITCHES: A Conversation with Director Robert Zemeckis, producer Jack Rapke and co-producer Derek Hogue, and cast members including Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer.

An exclusive conversation with filmmakers and cast of THE WITCHES presented by HBO Max. Reimagining Roald Dahl’s beloved story for a modern audience, THE WITCHES is a visually innovative film telling the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis.


AFI FEST 2020 will take place online October 15-22, 2020, and will open with the World Premiere of I’M YOUR WOMAN (DIR Julia Hart) and close with the World Premiere of MY PSYCHEDELIC LOVE STORY (DIR Errol Morris).  The complete program includes 125 titles (55 features, 3 episodic, 33 shorts, 19 Meet the Press Film Festival at AFI FEST shorts and 15 AFI Conservatory Showcase shorts) of which 53% are directed by women, 39% are directed by BIPOC and 17% are directed by LBGTQ+. This year’s program represents 35 countries and includes 7 World Premieres. The total film breakdown by section is: Special Presentations (8), Centerpiece Drive-in (1), Tributes (4), World Cinema (16) New Auteurs (14), Documentary (15), Cinema’s Legacy (4), Short Films (33),  Meet the Press Film Festival at AFI FEST (19) and AFI Conservatory Showcase (15). 

The full line-up can be found here.

Audi returns for the 17th year as the exclusive Presenting Sponsor of AFI FEST, enabling the festival to host the very best of world cinema. Audi and their visionary support reflect a continuing commitment to create opportunities for equality in film and television. Audi also supports AFI through the Audi Fellowship for Women, a full-tuition scholarship created in 2017 to support promising female directors entering the AFI Conservatory. This Fellowship is part of the Audi commitment to drive progress and a landmark investment in the future of the storytelling community.

Audi is the exclusive presenting sponsor of AFI FEST 2020. Additional top sponsors include AT&T and APPLE. 

Passes and tickets are now available at

About the American Film Institute (AFI)

Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.

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