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AFI Fest 2013 to be held Nov. 7-14 in Hollywood

March 05, 2013|By Susan King
  • Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln."
Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln." (DreamWorks / Disney )

The 2013 AFI Fest will be held Nov. 7-14, the American Film Institute announced Tuesday as it put out a call for entries for its Breakthrough section.

This year's festival takes place at the TCL Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre at the American Cinematheque and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. AFI Fest is free to the public.

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"AFI Fest is where the films of talented emerging filmmakers have the opportunity to screen alongside the current works of masters of the art form," Jacqueline Lyanga, director of AFI Fest, said in a statement Tuesday.

AFI Fest 2012 ranged from the big (the world premiere of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln") to the small (first-time-feature filmmaker Tosh Gitonga's "Nairobi Half Life," which won AFI Fest's Audience Award Breakthrough prize and became Kenya's first-ever foreign-language film Oscar submission).

Filmmakers are invited to submit their narrative, documentary, experimental, animated and short films to AFI. Aug. 2 is the final submission date for short films; the deadline for feature-length films is Aug. 16. The films selected from submissions are presented in the festival's Breakthrough section.

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