Andrew Garfield stars in Tick, Tick... Boom! as playwright Jonathan Larson.
Your chance to see some of the year’s biggest movies is finally here: tickets are now available to the general public for AFI Fest.
Put on by the American Film Institute, the program spans 115 titles, of which 51 percent are directed by women and 40 percent are directed by BIPOC filmmakers. What’s more, the showcase encompasses work from 50 countries. Out of the 48 features, 1 episodic, 49 short films and 17 conservatory showcase shorts, six of the titles will have world premieres.
“We are excited to celebrate AFI FEST 2021 in person at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre and showcase both master filmmakers and emerging voices,” AFI Festivals’ director of programming, Sarah Harris, said. “In a time when we need movies more than ever, we look forward to audiences being inspired by the best films from around the world screening at this year’s AFI FEST.”
To maintain guests’ health and safety during the on-going pandemic, all-festival-goers who attend in-person events and screenings are required to be fully vaccinated. What’s more, AFI Fest is a hybrid festival, meaning those outside of Los Angeles (or anyone who feels safer at home, really) can have access to virtual screenings.
Within AFI Fest, NBC News will have its fifth year of Meet the Press Film Festival. It will showcase 15 short documentaries about pressing issues that face our society within five program tracks: racial and gender equality, immigration, democracy, identity and criminal justice and police reform. Films include Bree Wayy: Promise Witness Remembrance, Coded: The Hidden Love of J.C. Leyendecker and The Train Station.
Running Nov. 10 to 14, AFI Fest will open with the world premiere of Tick, Tick… Boom!, starring Andrew Garfield. Other highlights include King Richard, starring Will Smith, and Parallel Mothers, starring Penélope Cruz, and the world premieres of Swan Song and Bruised, Halle Berry’s directorial debut.
See the full lineup of features below.
Tick, Tick… Boom!
Ali & Ava
Casablanca Beats (Haut et Fort)
Costa Brava, Lebanon
Drive My Car (Doraibu MAi Kâ)
The Girl and the Spider
Good Madam (Mlungu Wam)
Great Freedom (Grosse Freiheit)
Hit the Road (Jadde Khaki)
Holy Emy (Agia Emy)
Lingui, the Sacred Bonds (Lingui)
Paris, 13th District
Prayers for the Stolen (Noche de Fuego)
The Tsugua Diaries (Diários de Otsoga)
Unclenching the Fists (Razzhimaya Kulaki)
Vera Dreams of the Sea (Vera Andrron Detin)
What Do We See When We Look at the Sky
The Worst Person in the World
The First Wave
A Night of Knowing Nothing
The Real Charlie Chaplin
Simple As Water
To What Remains
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America
Photography by: MACALL POLAY/NETFLIX