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American Film Institute (AFI)

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Founded in 1967 with a mission to preserve the heritage of American film, the American Film Institute has the largest library of feature films in the world. As a result, AFI screenings include the widest possible variety of titles, from silent classics to modern hits. With generous funding from organizations like the MPAA and the NEA, the American Film Institute was able to create a training program that has educated such distinguished directors as Paul Schrader, Terrence Malick, and David Lynch. AFI is also known for compiling lists of the best films in different categories, based on polling done among notables in the film industry.

American Film Institute Information

  • Venues: Screenings are held at multiple venues including the Silver Theater and the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood and Sherman Oaks
  • Public Transportation: Depends on venue
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good for all venues
  • Performances/Programs: Vary, but include everything from Duck Soup to Dirty Dancing
  • Ticket Prices: Vary, but members receive discounts and special invitations to advance screenings
  • Membership: Star ($60); 2-Star ($125); 3-Star ($250); 4-Star ($500); 5-Star ($1,000); Patron Circle ($2,500). Depending on level, member benefits include complimentary movie tickets; free annual AFI movie calendar; advance access to AFI special events; discounts on film festival packages; monthly member e-newsletter; complimentary annual subscription to Entertainment Weekly; a tour of the AFI Campus in Los Angeles; recognition of support in programs, reports, and other media; invitations to AFI Fest member reception; opportunity to attend AFI Conservatory Showcases; invitations to the annual Cinema’s Legacy event; and more.