The American Film Institute (AFI) has everything ready for its 2021 edition with a line-up full of international talent and programming as only they know how to organize.
Taking off November 10 through November 14, in person and with a virtual component, the festival will showcase the latest film from acclaimed Mexican director Michel Franco “Sundown,” “Medusa” from Brazilian director Anita Rocha da Silviera, “Prayers for the Stolen” (“Noche de Fuego”) from Mexican director Tatiana Huezo, as well as the Spanish film from iconic director Pedro Almodovar “Parallel Mothers.”
As part of the Short Film Competition, AFI FEST will feature “El Carrito,” “El Limpiador,” “Send and Receive,” among others.
Other films of note include Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Colombia-based “Memoria” starring Tilda Swinton, “Kind Richard” directed by Puerto Rican Reinaldo Marcus Green, and “Jockey” starring Moises Aries.
Conceived as a catalog to preserve America’s film heritage, the American Film Institute has defined American cinema for more than half a century.
AFI began its journey in 1967, with Gregory Peck as the first Chairman of the Board of Trustees and George Stevens, Jr. as Director and CEO, and a Board that included such film luminaries as Francis Ford Coppola, Sidney Poitier, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and Jack Valenti. Today, the board includes artists and icons such as Halle Berry, James L. Brooks, Kathleen Kennedy, Eva Longoria, Shonda Rhimes, Steven Spielberg, and Ed Zwick.
As its website explains, AFI began recording the first 100 years of American cinema in 1968. Five years later, it began its first restoration with director Fran Capra’s 1937 classic, “Lost Horizon.” Today, the Library of Congress houses AFI’s collection of more than 60,000 films collected by the Institute over the past five decades.
In 1987, AFI held the first Los Angeles International Film Festival in Hollywood (now AFI FEST) to further celebrate artists and audiences. The festival continues to be part of AFI’s bicoastal exhibition efforts, with AFI FEST bringing new and classic films, global and domestic, to audiences in the heart of Hollywood.