AFI Fest 2014

afi-fest-2013-posterThe 2014 edition of AFI Fest is taking place from Thursday November 6th to Thursday November 13th. As the poster can attest, the festival is this year paying homage to the beautiful Italian actress Sophia Loren (Two Women, El Cid) with a special tribute taking place on Wednesday, November 12th. Not only will the actress be present for a conversion but a couple of her films will be shown, including Vittorio De Sica’s Marriage Italian Style (50th Anniversary screening) and The Human Voice,  a recent short film directed by her son – and LA resident – Edoardo Ponti (Plume Noire will attend this gala).



  • New Auteurs Critics’ Award: Self Made
  • VIZIO Visionary Special Jury Award: The Tribe
  • Special Jury Mention for Screenwriting: Güeros
  • Special Jury Mention for Cinematography: Violet
  • Grand Jury Award for Live Action Short: Buffalo Juggalos
  • Grand Jury Award for Animated Short: Yearbook
  • Special Jury Mention for Collection: David O’Reilly for Children’s Songs
  • Special Jury Mention for Breakthrough Filmmaker: Joe Callander – Gary Has An Aids Scare
  • Special Jury Mention for Vision: Kevin Jerome Everson – Sound That
  • Special Jury Mention for Outstanding Achievement in Direction: Morgan Knibbe – Shipwreck
  • World Cinema Audience Award: Red Army
  • New Auteurs Audience Award: Güeros
  • American Independents Audience Award: 10,000 Km
  • Breakthrough Audience Award: The Midnight Swim


Logan Lerman, Jena Malone and Jenny Slate will be a part of the Los Angeles Times’ Young Hollywood Roundtable on Friday, November 7 at the TCL Chinese Theatres. J.C. Chandor, Damien Chazelle, Marion Cotillard, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Hader, Michelle Monaghan, Kristen Stewart and Tilda Swinton will be participating in The Hollywood Reporter’s Indie Contenders Roundtable taking place Sunday, November 9 in the Cinema Lounge at the Roosevelt Hotel. Director Rupert Wyatt and actor Mark Wahlberg will be in conversation with Jenelle Riley of Variety following the World Premiere of The Gambler on Monday, November 10 at the Dolby Theatre®.

Filmmakers expected to attend this year’s festival include Yann Demange (‘71), Nicolás Pereda (The Absent), Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradisio), Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Shim Sung-bo (Haemoo), Amir Bar-Lev (Happy Valley – ), Tommy Lee Jones (The Homesman), Chuck Workman (Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles), Robert Kenner (Merchants of Doubt), Xavier Dolan (Mommy), J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year), Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent), Wim Wenders (The Salt of the Earth), Tomm Moore (Song of the Sea), Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice), Nick Broomfield (Tales of the Grim Sleeper), Josephine Decker (Thou Wast mild and Lovely), Abderrahmane Sissako (Timbuktu) and Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne (Two Days, One Night).

Here is the full lineup:


  • Written and directed by J.C Chandor (All Is Lost), the crime drama A Most Violent Year will open the festival.
  • Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice will be shown as Centerpiece gala.
  • Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler
  • Tommy Lee Jones presenting his second directorial feature, The Homesman
  • Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, which was part of the official selection at the Cannes festival this year, will close the festival.


  • 71 – Yann Demange
  • The Absent – Nicolás Pereda
  • August Winds – Gabriel Mascaro
  • Black Coal, Thin Ice – DiaoYinan
  • Breathe – Melanie Laurent
  • The Duke of Burgundy – Peter Strickland
  • Eden – Mia Hansen-Løve
  • The Fool – Yury Bykov
  • From What Is Before – Lav Diaz
  • Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem – Ronit Elkabetz & Shlomi Elkabetz
  • Girlhood – Céline Sciamma
  • Goodnight Mommy – Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala.
  • Haemoo – Shim Sung-bo
  • Human Capital – Paolo Virzì
  • The Iron Ministry – J.P. Sniadecki
  • Jauja – Lisandro Alonso
  • Leviathan – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • Manos Sucias – Josef Kubota Wladyka
  • Over Your Dead Body – Takashi Miike
  • Reality – Quentin Dupieux
  • Red Army – Gabe Polsky
  • The Salt of the Earth – Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
  • Song of the Sea – Tomm Moore
  • Stations of the Cross – Dietrich Bruggemann.
  • Timbuktu (review) – Abderrahmane Sissako
  • Titli – Kanu Behl
  • Tu Dors Nicole – Stéphane Lafleur
  • Villa Touma – Suha Arraf
  • Wild Tales – Damián Szifrón


  • Alleluia – Fabrice Du Welz
  • A Hard Day – Kim Seong-hun
  • It Follows – David Robert Mitchell
  • What We Do in the Shadows (review) – Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement


  • The Blue Wave – Zeynep Dadak& Merve Kayan
  • Fish & Cat – Shahram Mokri
  • May Allah Bless France! – Abd Al Malik
  • The Midnight Swim – Sarah Adina Smith.


  • Cinema Paradiso – Giuseppe Tornatore
  • Love Streams – John Cassavetes
  • Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles – Chuck Workman
  • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – Vittorio De Sica


  • Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas
  • Merchants of Doubt – Robert Kenner
  • Mommy – Xavier Dolan
  • Mr. Turner – Mike Leigh
  • Saint Laurent – Bertrand Bonello
  • Still Alice – Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland
  • Tales of the Grim Sleeper – Nick Broomfield
  • Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne


  • 10.000 KM – Carlos Marques-Marcet
  • Buzzard – Joel Potrykus
  • Faults – Riley Stearns
  • Felt – Jason Banker
  • Happy Valley – Amir Bar-Lev
  • Heaven Knows What – Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie
  • Thou Wast Mild & Lovely – Josephine Decker
  • The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga – Jessica Oreck


  • Alive – Park Jungbum
  • Blind – Eskil Vogt
  • Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere – Nguyen Hoang Diep
  • Gueros – Alonso Ruizpalacios
  • Self Made – Shira Geffen
  • Run – Philippe Lacote
  • The Tribe – Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
  • Viktoria – Maya Vitkova
  • Violet – Bas Devos
  • The Wonders  Alice Rohrwacher


  • American Sniper – Clint Eastwood


  • On Acting: A Conversation with Michael Keaton and Edward Norton
  • On Cinematography: A Conversation with Roger Deakins
  • Indie Contenders Round table
  • Young Hollywood Round table

Also, feel free to check our coverage of previous years – we’ve been covering AFI Fest since 2002!

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Fred Thom

Fred Thom

Editor-in-Chief/Founder/Film Critic at Plume Noire
The founder and editor-in-chief of Plume Noire, Fred Thom covers film festivals and writes movie reviews. He was born in Marseilles, France and is now living in Los Angeles, California.


  • are you guys going to be covering the festival? If so, we’d like meet for an interview.

  • The festival had great films but it was a nightmare. Even though I usually arrived at least 50mn early, I was only able to see half the movies I had tickets for. They seem to have “oversold” their free tickets and some of the line staff were just rude bitches (not talking about volunteers who were always helpful and polite).

  • Tell me about it, the lines on Saturday were way too long and getting in was almost impossible – just saw one movie! Don’t think I want to go back next year, wasting time waiting in line for nothing.