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AFI FEST 2020, boasts majority Female-Directed Films

11 October, 2020

The American Film Institute (AFI) has this week announced the full lineup of this year’s AFI FEST, including the World Cinema, New Auteurs, and Documentary sections.

These titles, including buzzy festival features like “I Carry You with Me,” “Shadow in the Cloud,” “Jumbo,” “Farewell Amor,” “Wander Darkly,” “Tragic Jungle,” “Sound of Metal,” “Wolfwalkers,” “New Order,” and “Hopper/Welles,” join previously announced films, including Julia Hart’s “I’m Your Woman,” which will open the festival, and Errol Morris’ “My Psychedelic Love Story,” which will close it.

This year’s complete AFI FEST program includes 124 titles (54 features, 3 episodic, 33 shorts, 19 Meet the Press Film Festival at AFI FEST shorts, and 15 AFI Conservatory Showcase shorts) of which 53 percent are directed by women, 39 percent are directed by BIPOC, and 17 percent are directed by LBGTQ+.

Sarah Harris, Director of Programming, AFI Festivals said in an official statement to the international media, “AFI FEST is committed to supporting diverse perspectives and new voices in cinema and this year is no different.

While we wish we were able to be together in Hollywood, this year’s festival is an opportunity to celebrate the many great films yet to be discovered by audiences across the nation.”

Previously announced titles include Kelly Oxford’s debut “Pink Skies Ahead,” Matt Tyrnauer’s new documentary “The Reagans,” Florian Zeller’s Anthony Hopkins-starring “The Father,” Mira Nair’s new series “A Suitable Boy,” and Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer’s doc “Fireball.”

According to international media, Sofia Coppola, Kirby Dick, Rita Moreno, and Mira Nair will be honored with Tributes at the festival. The AFI Summit lineup includes a conversation with Academy Award nominee, producer, director and writer Ava DuVernay in a conversation about elevating and supporting BIPOC filmmakers through her company Array, plus a Doc Roundtable moderated by producer and film festival curator Caroline Libresco and a panel led by Dr. Stacy L. Smith on the portrayal of characters with mental health conditions in film and television.AFI FEST 2020 will take place online, kicking off on October 15 and running through October 22. Check out the new additions to the lineup below, with all synopses and information provided by the festival.