AFI Fest 2020 and Cannes Film Festival Announce October Events

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The Cannes Film Festival has made an exciting announcement: it has planned a three-day special event for October.

According to Variety, the historic global film festival will feature four films from this year’s Official Selection that didn’t get a chance to be screened back in May.

The special Cannes Film Festival event will also feature in-competition short films and the Cinéfondation’s school films, giving prizes away to the selected entries.

The collection of four films from the Official Selection, the short film competition, the film school competition, and the dinners and meetings epitomize the happiness we’ll all feel to be together in Cannes in October. The films of the Official Selection are currently playing to cinemagoers in France, in Europe and throughout the world. It’s a great sign to see them making a stopover in Cannes, before we turn our attention to the 2021 season.

Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Frémaux

The following films will screen at the event:

  • “Un triomphe” (The Big Hit!) by Emmanuel Courcol
  • “Les Deux Alfred” (The French Tech) by Bruno Podalydès
  • “Asa Ga Kuru” (True Mothers) by Naomi Kawase
  • “Beginning” by Dea Kulumbegashvili

The event will be open to the public and allow live audiences. Procedures for social distancing to stop the spread of covid-19 are not mentioned on the festival’s website, but France is currently undergoing a “second wave” after getting the virus under control in recent months.

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AFI Fest 2020

Meanwhile, the American Film Institute festival will take place October 15-22, completely online.

Coming off the heels of an AFI DOCS event that was also held virtually, the Institute is confident that it can provide an exciting movie-watching experience.

“I think the important thing is that the essential piece of any festival, the films, the voices and the stories that really are the heart of the festival, isn’t changing,” says Michael Lumpjin, Director of AFI Festivals.

The full lineup of films and events for AFI Fest 2020 will be revealed closer to the festival start date.

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