2010 AFI FEST ANNOUNCES “YOUNG AMERICANS” AND “NEW AUTEURS” SECTIONS

The 2010 AFI Fest, taking place November 4-11, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA, has announced two new film sections: Young Americans and New Auteurs. From the official press release:

AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi announced today that free tickets will be made available to the general public on October 28; AFI members will have advance access to free tickets on October 27.

The festival also revealed the feature films that will screen in its first-ever Young Americans section and the New Auteurs section, as well as four new feature film awards. AFI FEST 2010 will take place in Hollywood, California at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel from November 4-11, 2010.

YOUNG AMERICANS SELECTIONS
The Young Americans section features work by emerging U.S. filmmakers whose stories reflects the distinct American regions in which they are set.

“The films in the Young Americans program show us that there are independent filmmakers with strong voices who are making films all over the country,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Festival Director of AFI FEST. “We’re celebrating American cinema and its regional voices, with a program of independent films that take us on a cinematic tour of America.”

AARDVARK (New York City): DIR/SCR Kitao Sakurai. USA/Argentina. North American Premiere.

LITTLEROCK (California): DIR/SCR Mike Ott. USA.

THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER (Detroit): DIR/SCR David Robert Mitchell. USA.

PUTTY HILL (Baltimore, Md.): DIR/SCR Matt Porterfield. USA.

SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS (Portland, Ore.): DIR/SCR Matt McCormick. USA.

TWO GATES OF SLEEP (Louisiana): DIR/SCR Alistair Banks Griffin. USA. U.S. Premiere.

Film stills and director headshots are available for press use only and can be downloaded at http://www.flickr.com/photos/afifestpublicity/sets/.

NEW AUTEURS SELECTIONS
The New Auteurs section distinguishes first- and second-time feature film directors from around the world.

“We’ve enjoyed our worldwide search for strong, independent voices for the New Auteurs section,” said Lane Kneedler, Associate Director of Programming at AFI FEST. “This section showcases new international filmmakers who are pushing themselves to the edge and experimenting with powerful cinema.”

ADRIENN PÁL (PÁL ADRIENN): DIR Ágnes Kocsis. SCR Ágnes Kocsis, Andrea Roberti. Hungary/Netherlands/Austria/France. U.S. Premiere.

BEDEVILLED: DIR Cheol-soo Jang. SCR Choi Gwang-young. South Korea.

HEARTBEATS (LES AMOURS IMAGINAIRES): DIR/SCR Xavier Dolan. Canada.

LE QUATTRO VOLTE: DIR/SCR Michelangelo Frammartino. Italy/Germany/Switzerland.

MORGEN: DIR/SCR Marian Crisan. Romania/France/Hungary. U.S. Premiere.

NOTHING’S ALL BAD (SMUKKE MENNESKER): DIR/SCR Mikkel Munch-Fals. North American Premiere.

PULSAR: DIR/SCR Alex Stockman. Belgium.

SHIT YEAR: DIR/SCR Cam Archer. USA.

Film stills and director headshots are available for press use only and can be downloaded at http://www.flickr.com/photos/afifestpublicity/sets/.

AUDIENCE AWARDS AT AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi
One film in each of the following film sections will receive an Audience Award this year at AFI FEST: New Auteurs, Young Americans, World Cinema and Breakthrough, the latter which highlights films discovered solely through the submission process and is accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize.

“All of our awards for feature films will be decided by our audience voting this year. We’re thrilled to give the audience a voice, and decide collectively, which films best deserve recognition,” said Lane Kneedler, Associate Director Programming at AFI FEST.

As in previous years, a jury will decide the Short Film Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes the AFI FEST Grand Jury Prize winners for Live Action Short Film and Animated Short Film, respectively, as qualifiers for the annual Academy Awards®.

All AFI FEST 2010 award winners will be announced on the last day of the festival, November 11.




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