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American Film Institute to kick off AFI Fest on November 10

The American Film Institute will host its 30th edition of the AFI Fest film festival starting on Thursday, November 10, lasting through Thursday, November 17, presented by Audi.

Representing 46 countries, featuring Oscar submissions, American Independents and films directed and codirected by women, this year’s festival will showcase 118 total pictures, including the drama “Buster’s Mal Heart,” directed by Sarah Adina Smith, starring “Mr. Robot” actor Rami Malek, and a special screening of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest installment, Moana.

A “Citizen Kane” master class with director Peter Bogdanovich, a discussion about “Flirting with Disaster” with director and Academy Award Nominee, David O. Russell, a “A Lost City of Cecil  B. Demille” panel, a roundtable consisting of documentary filmmakers such as Werner Herzog and Barbara Kopple and a chat with director and cast members, Patricia Arquette and Lily Tomlin, of “Moonlight” will also be a part of the AFI Fest special events.

The “trio of female firsts” comprised of first African American nominee for Best Actress, Dorothy Dandridge, first woman director of a film noir, Ida Lupino, and first international Chinese actress, Anna May Wong will be honored in the festivities. Actresses Isabelle Huppert and Annette Bening will also be paid tribute in Gala events on Sunday, November 13 and Wednesday, November 16, consecutively.

Screening of the AFI Fest features will play in four Hollywood venues; TCL Chinese Theatres, Chinese 6 Theatres American Cinematique’s Egyptian Theatre, and the Hollywood Roosevelt.

Tickets to the festival are free for the public. To acquire tickets, scheduling, directions for the venues and receive a 2016 Film Guide can be found through the AFI website.

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