This year marks the 25th edition of AFI Fest, the American Film Institute's annual celebration of "international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers." While that might not sound appealing to the casual moviegoer, for aspiring filmmakers and true cinephilles, it is a preview of talent that might soon take the world of film by storm - and of course, some new work from established talent. We're also a proud sponsor of this year's film festival.
This year, Clint Eastwood's controversial biopic J. Edgar will be opening the festival, and we also have information how film fans can get free tickets to the festival, starting on Thursday, October 27th.
Some of the films that will be getting gala premieres at this year's festival include Ralph Fiennes' modern day war story adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus; The Lady, Luc Besson's biopic about Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi; Roman Polanski's single-setting drama Carnage; and Lars von Trier's end-of-world nihilistic drama, Melancholia. There is also a bunch of upcoming talent presenting their work - for more on all the films being showcased, check out the AFI Fest 2011 schedule.
Finally, for general information aboutthe festival - including how to obtain free tickets to the film screenings starting on October 27th - read the faq sheet below:
For the third consecutive year, AFI FEST will continue its unprecedented offer of free tickets to all screenings, but only the Star Patron Package and Marquee Patron Package provide reserved access to the J. EDGAR world premiere Opening Night Gala. These and other AFI FEST Patron Packages – which ensure access to sold-out galas and other high-demand films and events – are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST. The American Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization, and Patron Packages are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and galas will be available to AFI members on Wednesday, October 26 in a 24-hour advance window before they become available to the general public on October 27. In addition, AFI members receive a 10% discount on all Patron Packages. Information about AFI membership is available at AFI.com/membership.
AFI FEST – celebrating its 25th year – will take place November 3 through 10 in Hollywood, California, at the historic Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
As mentioned, AFI Fest will take place from Nov. 3 - 10 in Hollywood, CA.
Source: AFI Fest Official Site