The summer film festival season might look a little different this year, with some festivals opting for semi-digital gatherings (like Hot Docs just last month) to others foregoing an event altogether, though still tantalizing cinephiles with their “lineups” (as Cannes decided to do with its 2020 edition). Others, however, are still intent on bringing fresh features and shorts to the masses (all the better to keep house-bound citizens entertained), including this year’s AFI Docs festival, which will unspool as an entirely virtual affair this year.
The lineup features 59 films from 11 countries and 12 virtual world premieres, with 61 percent of the films directed by women, 25 percent by POC directors, and 14 percent by LGBTQ directors. The festival runs June 17 – 21, with films available to view on DOCS.AFI.com. A variety of passes and individual tickets are available for interested audiences and, just like an in-person festival, a number of “screenings” include post-show Q&As with their creators.
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