AFI Fest to Go Virtual for Its 2020 Edition

AFI Fest to Go Virtual for Its 2020 Edition
AFI Fest is going virtual for its 34th edition on Oct. 15-22, rather than hosting glitzy premieres at its usual site at the TLC Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

The festival, an early stop on the awards season circuit, has opted to dispense with physical events, a spokesperson said. Upcoming fall festivals at Venice, Toronto and New York are offering a hybrid of physical and virtual events to deal with the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, while organizers of the Telluride Film Festival recently pulled the plug on this year’s event, which usually took place over Labor Day weekend.

AFI already produced a virtual AFI Docs festival with ticketed events over June 17-21, which included live Q&As with filmmakers and events with industry leaders and activists. The festival’s audience award for best feature went to “Transhood,” directed by Sharon Liese.

AFI plans to announce its lineup in
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