Competition Category lands AFI Fest Record Breaking Submissions

by Mary Sampson/indieWIRE

The American Film Institute's International Film Festival will host a competition category for the first time in its 11 year history. As aresult the festival received over 1,000 submissions which is double thenumber they received last year.

The festival, which runs for seven days beginning October 23rd willscreen more than 50 films. It will open with the US premiere of BeebanKidron's "Swept From The Sea," starring Rachel Weisz, Ian McKellen, and Kathy Bates.

The official competition will screen films making their U.S. or worldpremieres. The category includes Henry Jaglom's "Deja Vu," Zhang Yimou's"Keep Cool," and Jakubisko's "An Ambiguous Report About The End Of The World."

The festival will also highlight American independent low-budgetfeatures made by first and second time directors, a World Cinemaexhibition and special tributes to renowned filmmakers.

A selection of short films will screen at the festival along with panelevents and a 6,000 square foot "hospitality suite" for filmmakers,distributors and the media to gather.

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