AFI DOCS (formerly Silverdocs)

NAME OF FESTIVAL: AFI DOCS (formerly Silverdocs)

SINCE: 2003

WHERE: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

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 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 ODYSSEYHOLBROOK/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 2008 Republican Convention, a dramatic story unfolds, with multiple domestic terrorism charges, an entrapment defense and a surprising FBI informant.  The film sets in high […]

2011 AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its opening, closing and centerpiece films

2011 AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its opening, closing and centerpiece films

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its opening, closing and centerpiece films for the Festival, taking place June 20-26, 2011 in the Washington, D.C. area. The Festival will open its ninth annual edition on June 20, 2011 with THE SWELL SEASON.  Directed by Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins and Carlo Mirabella-Davis, THE SWELL SEASON follows musical artists Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who captivated audiences and earned an Academy Award for their musical collaboration in the […]