AFI Fest Going Virtual With Mid-October Opening

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AFI Fest goes digital for its 34th version on Oct. 15-22, somewhat than internet hosting glitzy premieres at its typical website on the TLC Chinese language Theatre in Hollywood.

The competition, an early cease on the awards season circuit, has opted to dispense with bodily occasions, a spokesperson mentioned. Upcoming fall festivals at Venice, Toronto and New York are providing a hybrid of bodily and digital occasions to take care of the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, whereas organizers of the Telluride Movie Pageant just lately pulled the plug on this yr’s occasion, which often came about over Labor Day weekend.

AFI already produced a digital AFI Docs competition with ticketed occasions over June 17-21, which included reside Q&As with filmmakers and occasions with trade leaders and activists. The competition’s viewers award for greatest function went to “Transhood,” directed by Sharon Liese.

AFI plans to announce its lineup in September with a potential slight decline from final yr, when it screened greater than 140 movies. AFI had introduced the change to the October dates final yr, shifting the competition ahead from its typical November opening as a way to be nearer to the Toronto competition and be “extra aggressive.”

The 2019 AFI Fest opened with “Queen and Slim,” directed by AFI alumna and two-time Grammy winner Melina Matsoukas, and closed with Netflix’s “Marriage Story,” a late alternative after Apple pulled “The Banker” out of the competition. The 2018 AFI Fest opened with authorized drama “On the Foundation of Intercourse,” starring Felicity Jones as a younger Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and closed with “Mary Queen of Scots.”

The information in regards to the AFI Fest going digital was first reported by the Los Angeles Instances.

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