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March 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Of all the attractions Los Angeles has to offer, it is most famous for its film industry and it is the perfect place to attend a film festival. AFI Fest is the city’s oldest film festival and takes place every November. It is free to the public and includes screenings, discussions and red-carpet galas.
It has a contest for aspiring filmmakers and has screenings of each of the films that are accepted into the competition. Short and full-length films shown at the festival are eligible to be nominated for Academy Awards. Oscar contenders such as La La Land and 45 Years have enjoyed screenings at this festival.
AFI Festival – Screenings
You can see both new and classic films at AFI Fest. The American Film Institute does a fabulous job of including the very best of every genre. The institute is known for attracting talented filmmakers for inclusion in its festival and you may see the work of Hollywood’s next big director or see the next major film star in his or her debut role.
You can attend a gala premiere of a movie complete with fancy pants, gourmet food, and celebrity talkbacks or see a screening of a short film in an intimate theater. Last year’s fest included talks by Natalie Portman and Nicole Kidman. The screenings and lectures take place in such iconic venues as The Egyptian Theater and the Hollywood Roosevelt.
Opportunities for Filmmakers
If you have a short film you have been working on hidden in a computer file somewhere, you may want to dust it off and submit it to the festival. A deadline for the 2019 festival has yet to be announced, but entries are almost always due in July.
Although the event itself is free, some of the screenings are not. If you want to get the full experience, you will want to buy a special pass. A priority pass is $500 and gets you into every one of the festival’s films and a membership to AFI. $1000 will get you a Select Gala Pass which will get you into four of the gala premiers. A Deluxe Gala Package gets you into six gala premiers, including opening and closing nights.
Where to Stay
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