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AFI DOCS 2014 Documentary Film Festival - Washington, DC

A Guide to American Film Institute's Documentary Film Festival


AFI DOCS is a film festival that was created through a unique alliance between the American Film Institute (AFI) and Discovery Channel to showcase, honor and expand the audience for independent documentaries. AFI DOCS brings the best new documentaries to Washington, DC area audiences, showcasing 84 films representing 28 countries. In 2013, the film festival was renamed and expanded to include venues on the National Mall and the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington DC and at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Dates: June 18-22, 2014

2014 Festival Highlights

  • The festival's annual AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium will honor Academy Award(®)-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE).  Committed to bringing artists and our nation's leaders together, AFI DOCS will do this through Catalyst Screenings that include in-depth, expanded discussions with filmmakers, issue experts and policymakers.
  • Catalyst Screenings include THE HOMESTRETCH (DIRS Anne de Mare, Kirsten Kelly) THE INTERNET'S OWN BOY (DIR Brian Knappenberger), IVORY TOWER (DIR Andrew Rossi) and THE NEWBURGH STING (DIRS Kate Davis, David Heilbroner).  The subjects of these films - homeless youth seeking an education, the state of the Internet, skyrocketing college tuition and government overreach - will be examined in panel discussions immediately after the screenings.
  • The Filmmaker Engagement Program will comprise events for festival artists to connect effectively to our nation's leaders, film industry decision-makers and cultural-thought leaders.  Select sessions of this program will be open to the at-large community of documentary filmmakers. 
  • Spotlight Screenings include E-TEAM (DIRS Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman), FREEDOM SUMMER (DIR Stanley Nelson) and GLEN CAMPBELL...I'LL BE ME (DIR James Keach).  Films by notable documentarians include HAPPY VALLEY (DIR Amir Bar-Lev), LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM (DIRRory Kennedy) and POINT AND SHOOT (DIR Marshall Curry).

Film Festival Locations

AFI Silver Theater
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD.

812 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC

National Archives
William G. McGowan Theater
700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Documentary Theatre (Screenings)
Knight Conference Center (Catalyst Sessions – entrance on 6th Street NW)
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC

National Museum of American History
Warner Brothers Theater
1400 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC

National Portrait Gallery
The Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
Eighth and F Streets NW
Washington, DC.

Ticket Prices

$14 per screening
$110 for a combination package including 10 screenings

See the film schedule and purchase tickets in advance by visiting www.afi.com. CASH ONLY at the door.

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