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AFI FEST 2023: Greta Gerwig’s Film Selections and Festival Highlights


Greta Gerwig, the Guest Artistic Director for AFI FEST, has unveiled her curated film lineup for the festival’s 37th edition, featuring a diverse array of cinematic gems. Here’s what you can expect from this year’s AFI FEST:

Gerwig’s Film Selections:


Notably, Greta Gerwig will personally introduce select films, including A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, and the iconic screening of PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Thursday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m.

Special Screenings:

The U.S. Premiere of LEE, starring Kate Winslet and produced by Winslet herself, takes audiences into the life of Lee Miller, the remarkable war correspondent. Directed by Ellen Kuras, this powerful narrative feature is a must-see and will be screened on Saturday, October 28 at 12:00 p.m.
Documentary Spotlight:

SLY, directed by Thom Zimny, offers an intimate look at Sylvester Stallone’s life and career. Featuring tributes from friends and collaborators like Talia Shire, Henry Winkler, Quentin Tarantino, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, this documentary provides unique insights into the iconic actor’s journey. Catch it on Saturday, October 28 at 3:15 p.m.
AFI FEST 2023 promises a captivating program with over 140 titles across various categories, making it an event not to be missed. Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store:

3 Red Carpet Premieres
11 Special Screenings
15 Luminaries
12 Discovery
16 World Cinema
14 Documentary Features
42 Short Film Competition Entries
30 films in the AFI Conservatory Showcase presented by AMC Networks
5 specially curated selections by Guest Artistic Director Greta Gerwig
The festival, spanning from October 25 to October 29 in Los Angeles, boasts a lineup representing 49 countries and includes 20 Best International Feature Oscar® submissions. It opens with the World Premiere of LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND and closes with MAESTRO, directed by Bradley Cooper.

AFI FEST 2023 is made possible with the support of top sponsors, including Apple Original Films, Amazon MGM Studios, AMC Networks, Canva, Netflix, and Participant.

To stay updated and learn more about AFI FEST, visit

About the American Film Institute (AFI):
AFI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating and preserving the art of filmmaking. From film education to preservation efforts and exhibition programs, AFI plays a crucial role in the world of cinema, ensuring its enduring legacy for generations to come. Learn more at and follow them on social media for the latest updates.





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