AFI DOCS today announced in a statement details for their upcoming Filmmaker Enrichment Program, a series of professional development sessions which embody the mandate of the festival — “to bring together the nation’s leaders and the nation’s leading artists.” The new program involves both a Policy Engagement Series (“an opportunity for festival filmmakers to meet with congressional and federal agency staff”) and Impact Panels (“dedicated to helping filmmakers amplify their message within stakeholder communities”).
Also announced were details for the AFI DOCS Catalyst Screenings. The films, including “The Newburgh Sting,” “Ivory Tower,” “The Internet’s Old Boy” and “The Homestretch,” will all be followed by discussions on diverse subjects such as “homeless youth seeking an education, skyrocketing college tuition and government overreach.”
“AFI’s Filmmaker Enrichment Program is our commitment to bring opportunities to artists that are unique to our location in Washington,” said Christine O’Malley, AFI DOCS 2014 Festival Director. “This year’s program will allow intimate conversations to take place not only between filmmakers and film industry experts but also with policymakers and influencers.”
In addition to the Filmmaker Enrichment Program, The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands will host a roundtable discussion for women filmmakers. The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands and CNN Films also will host networking receptions for festival artists.