AFI FEST Film Festival Every year in November

AFI FEST - Film Festival in Los Angeles.
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Taking place for over a week in early November, AFI FEST is The American Film Institute's annual celebration of international cinema; a celebrity-packed gala that is – rather aptly – held in Hollywood. A regular event... ... read more

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AFI FEST - Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Taking place for over a week in early November, AFI FEST is The American Film Institute's annual celebration of international cinema; a celebrity-packed gala that is – rather aptly – held in Hollywood.

A regular event since the late 1980s, major Hollywood theaters take part in AFI FEST, hosting nightly red-carpet galas, special screenings, conversations, and tributes. Past AFI Fest theaters have included the ArcLight complex and the famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre, both of which will likely play host to many more AFI FEST screenings in the years to come.

Movies at AFI FEST can run the gamut from award-winning documentaries to hugely popular indie features. Past AFI FEST movies have included the silent film The Artist (which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture), Werner Herzog's documentary examining death row Into the Abyss, and the critically acclaimed, sexually charged feature Shame, starring Michael Fassbender.

Each AFI FEST movie normally has several members of the cast, the director, and other crew in attendance, with regular Q&A sessions held before or after the film.

Tickets to AFI FEST vary based on how many movies you want to see, but start at $125 for access to all of the special screenings. Access to the gala parties that normally occur after the screenings requires spending a good bit more, starting with the Premiere Package at $500.

Those wanting to go all out can purchase the Star Package at AFI FEST, which for $5,000 provides admission to all regular screenings and panels, access to the AFI FEST Cinema Lounge, 20 gala screening tickets with reserved seats, and admittance to official festival parties and the AFI FEST Awards Brunch that is normally held on the last day of the event.

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