AFI DOCS (formerly Silverdocs)

NAME OF FESTIVAL: AFI DOCS (formerly Silverdocs)
SINCE: 2003
WHERE: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
WEBSITE: www.afi.com
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: AFI Docs (formerly Silverdocs) is an internationally recognized event that honors excellence in filmmaking, supports the diverse voices and free expression of independent storytellers and celebrates the power of documentary to improve our understanding of the world.

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AFI DOCS 2016 Lineup Revealed, Incl AUDRIE & DAISY; MISS SHARON JONES!

AFI DOCS 2016 taking place from June 22 to 26, 2016 will showcase 94 films representing 30 countries. Films include Robert Kenner’s COMMAND AND CONTROL, the world premiere of DOC & DARRYL directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio and MISS SHARON JONES! directed by Barbara Kopple.

WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? Wins AFI DOCS 2015

WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? Wins AFI DOCS 2015

WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? directed by Liz Garbus (THE FARM: ANGOLA, USA) won the Audience Award for Best Feature at AFI DOCS 2015 in Washington, DC. This year’s Audience Award for Best Short went to A CONVERSATION WITH MY BLACK SON directed by Blair Foster (TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE, […]

Complete Slate of Films for AFI DOCS 2015 Film Festival

Complete Slate of Films for AFI DOCS 2015 Film Festival

The American Film Institute (AFI) revealed the slate of films for the AFI DOCS 2015 Film Festival, running June 17 to 21 in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD.  The 13th edition of the festival showcases 81 films representing 25 countries, including four world premieres, three U.S. premieres and four East […]

BEST OF ENEMIES and MAVIS! to Bookend AFI DOCS 2015

BEST OF ENEMIES and MAVIS! to Bookend AFI DOCS 2015

Magnolia Pictures’ BEST OF ENEMIES, from director Robert Gordon and Academy Award®-winning director Morgan Neville (20 FEET FROM STARDOM), has been selected as the Opening Night film of the upcoming 2015 AFI DOCS taking place June 17 to 21, in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD.  HBO’s MAVIS! from AFI DOCS alumna […]

AFI DOCS Unveils 2014 Film Lineup; Festival Opens with World Premiere of HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY  Closes with LIFE ITSELF

AFI DOCS Unveils 2014 Film Lineup; Festival Opens with World Premiere of HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY Closes with LIFE ITSELF

HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY

AFI DOCS announced its full slate of films for the 2014 festival, which runs from June 18 – 22 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD.  The festival will showcase 84 films representing 28 countries, including four World, three U.S. and eight East Coast Premieres.  AFI DOCS opens with HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY and closes with LIFE ITSELF.  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.  Launching in this 12th edition of the festival is the Filmmaker Engagement Program – professional development for documentarians. 

“THE NEW BLACK” and “SLOMO” Win Audience Awards at AFI DOCS

“THE NEW BLACK” and “SLOMO” Win Audience Awards at AFI DOCS

THE NEW BLACK directed by Yoruba RichenTHE NEW BLACK directed by Yoruba Richen

THE NEW BLACK directed by Yoruba Richen received the Audience Award for Best Feature, and SLOMO directed by Joshua Izenberg received the Audience Award for Best Short at AFI DOCS presented by Audi (formerly Silverdocs). The festival announced the Audience Award winners earlier today wrapping up the five day festival. THE NEW BLACK examines how African-American voters have become bitterly divided on the issue of gay marriage because of homophobia rampant in one of the pillars of the African-American community – the church. Focusing on the fight for marriage equality in Maryland, it argues that this hot-button issue is a matter of civil rights.

Premiere of LETTERS TO JACKIE to Open 2013 AFI DOCS

Premiere of LETTERS TO JACKIE to Open 2013 AFI DOCS

AFI Docs will open its 2013 edition with the theatrical premiere of LETTERS TO JACKIE written and directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Bill Couturié. The film features letters from the public written to Mrs. Kennedy in the dark shadow of the President’s assassination fifty years ago. The letters are read by 20 of today’s top actors including Bérénice Bejo, Demián Bichir, Jessica Chastain, Chris Cooper, Viola Davis, Zooey Deschanel, Kirsten Dunst, Anne Hathaway, Allison Janney, John Krasinski, Melissa Leo, Laura Linney, Frances McDormand, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mark Ruffalo, Octavia Spencer, Hailee Steinfeld, Channing Tatum, Betty White and Michelle Williams. TLC will premiere LETTERS TO JACKIE as a special television event in November 2013.

“HERBLOCK: THE BLACK & THE WHITE” to Have DC Premiere at AFI DOCS Gala

“HERBLOCK: THE BLACK & THE WHITE” to Have DC Premiere at AFI DOCS Gala

AFI DOCS announced today its gala presentation of the Washington, DC premiere of HERBLOCK: THE BLACK & THE WHITE written and directed by Michael Stevens.  The film, traces the career and influence of the most influential political cartoonist of the 20th century and the people who became his subjects during his 55 years at the Washington Post.  His work spanned thirteen presidents, contributed to the downfall of Senator Joseph McCarthy and President Richard Nixon and garnered three Pulitzer Prizes and the Medal of Freedom. 

Silverdocs Announces 2011 Award Winners; Sterling Award for Best US Feature goes to OUR SCHOOL

Silverdocs Announces 2011 Award Winners; Sterling Award for Best US Feature goes to OUR SCHOOL

OUR SCHOOL directed by Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coco-Cozma

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its distinguished award winners, culminating the weeklong festival activities that included the screening of 108 films representing 52 countries, a free outdoor screening, live performances and a five-day professional documentary conference.  The Festival hosted 27,000 attendees, including more than 1,500 filmmakers, film and television executives and media professionals celebrating the art and business of documentary filmmaking.

This year’s Sterling Award for Best US Feature goes to OUR SCHOOL directed by Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coco-Cozma.  Shot over the course of four years, the film follows the attempt to integrate isolated rural Roma (or gypsy) children into the mainstream school system of Romania.  Focusing on seven-year-old Alin, 12-year-old Beni and 16-year-old Dana, this fascinating film takes an unflinching look at the challenges of a longstanding tradition of prejudice.  The prize is accompanied by a $5,000 cash award.

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival  2011 Film Lineup

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival 2011 Film Lineup

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its full slate of competition films for the Festival AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Competition SlateSterling U.S. Feature Competition BETTER THIS WORLD / USA, 2011, 97 minutes (Director: Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane de la Vega) — When two Midland, Texas, activists make Molotov cocktails at the […]