AFI FEST 2017 is presented by Audi is the American Film Institute's annual celebration of international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers. It took place this year November 9th to the 16th in Hollywood, California and features nightly red-carpet galas, special screenings, conversations and tributes. AFI FEST presents a program of new international cinema from filmmakers from across the globe.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for both Short Films categories of the annual Academy Awards®. AFI FEST is Los Angeles' longest running international film festival and has been bringing the best in world cinema to the film capital of the world since its launch as FILMEX in 1971.
Pictured: Mary J. Blige at the opening night red-carpet gala for "Mudbound".