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    Meet the 2012 AFI FEST Filmmakers #1: 'Pearblossom Hwy' Director Mike Ott

    "Pearblossom Hwy," says director Mike Ott (whose 2010 feature "Littlerock" won the Audience Award at that year's edition of the festival), "has a mixture of fiction and nonfiction elements." A partial result, perhaps, of his self-described mild obsession with Mark Bochardt. "Pearblossom Hwy," tells ...

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    AFI Fest Announces World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Shorts Programs

    AFI Fest Announces World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Shorts Programs

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    AFI Fest Announces Galas and Special Screenings; 'Silver Linings,' 'Life of Pi,' 'The Impossible' Among Selections

    AFI Fest 2012 today announced the high-profile films that make up its Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings lineups. As previously announced, the world premiere of "Hitchcock" will open the festival, while Steven Spielberg's historical epic "Lincoln" will close. The C...

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    Bernardo Bertolucci Will Be AFI Fest's Guest Artistic Director

    The American Film Institute has announced that director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci will serve as its Guest Artistic Director at AFI Fest 2012. Last year’s Guest Artistic Director was Pedro Almodóvar, and David Lynch held the role in 2010. As Guest Artistic Director, Berto...

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    AFI Fest Announces Young Americans and New Auteurs Lineups

    AFI FEST 2012 has announced the films that will be featured in the Young Americans and New Auteurs sections at this year’s festival. The former section features works by emerging U.S. filmmakers while the latter highlights first and second-time feature film directors from around the world.

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    'Hitchcock' To Make World Premiere As Opening Film At AFI Fest

    AFI Fest is bringing the heat in 2012. Already locking down Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" for a world premiere as their Closing Night film, they are going to kick things off with a helluva get.

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    AFI Fest To Open With 'Hitchcock' World Premiere

    A week after Fox Searchlight surprised many by scheduling biopic "Hitchcock" for an awards-hungry November release date, AFI has announced that the film will open this years AFI Fest on Thursday, November 1st.

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    Spielberg's 'Lincoln' Set To Close AFI Fest as a World Premiere

    Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" will close AFI Fest 2012, it was announced today.

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    AFI and Levi's Launch Short Film Competition

    Aspiring filmmakers, take note: AFI Fest and AFI Conservatory have partnered with Levi's to launch a short film competition.

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    Interview: AFI Fest head Jacqueline Lyanga

    AFI Fest has long been Los Angeles' big autumn film destination. Long a showcase of international cinema, the festival has had an increase in high-profile galas, such as this year's opening film, Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" starring Leonardo DiCaprio (the festival even nabbed a...

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