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|This festival will feature contemporary documentaries – 40 minutes in length or less – about policy and people with an emphasis on untold American stories found far from Washington and New York.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
NBC News’ “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” hits the big screen for a second time this October with the launch of the 2018 “Meet the Press” Film Festival with the American Film Institute (AFI). Launched in 2017, the event features contemporary documentaries – 40 minutes in length or less – about policy and people with an emphasis on untold American stories found far from Washington and New York, telling stories from a “diversity of perspective” (meaning geographic, ideological, religious, cultural or racial diversity). Films presented in the festival will demonstrate a bold commitment to subject matter, excellence in cinematic craft, and innovation in storytelling.
The commanding journalism of “Meet the Press” is a powerful fit with AFI, an institute established in 1967 after President Johnson’s mandate to bring “together leading artists of the film industry, outstanding educators and young men and women who wish to pursue the 20th-century art form as their life's work.” It is also known for its acclaimed Washington, D.C.-area documentary festival AFI DOCS Presented by AT&T.
The collaboration pairs NBC News’ influential political reporting with AFI’s dedication to connecting audiences, filmmakers and policy leaders. The 2017 “Meet the Press” Film Festival with the American Film Institute presented 16 films with post-screening filmmaker discussions moderated by NBC’s Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell, Pete Williams, Katy Tur, Joy Reid, Kristen Welker, Steve Kornacki and Kasie Hunt.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The 2018 “Meet the Press” Film Festival with the American Film Institute will take place in Washington, D.C..
In addition to their screenings in Washington, D.C., participating filmmakers will be invited to discuss their work on NBC News platforms including cable and digital outlets. Films included in NBC News’ cable and digital platforms will receive a negotiated licensing fee. Participation in digital and/or television distribution is not required for films to be eligible for the film festival in Washington D.C.
Chuck Todd (NBC News Political Director and Moderator of Meet the Press); John Reiss (Executive Producer, Meet the Press); Matt Rivera; Michael Lumpkin (Director); Michael Lumpkin (Director); Michael Lumpkin (Director)
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