The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today additional red carpet Centerpiece Galas at this year's AFI FEST presented by Audi, including the World Premiere of Scott Cooper’s "Out of the Furnace" and Alexander Payne’s "Nebraska" to be accompanied by a special tribute to actor Bruce Dern.
Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" will also premiere at this year's festival. The film was produced by Stuart Cornfeld, an AFI Conservatory alumnus and recipient of the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal at the AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony held last June.
All gala screenings will be presented in the historic TCL Theatre in Hollywood.
As previously announced, the North American Premiere of "Saving Mr. Banks" (Director John Lee Hancock) is the Opening Night Gala and "Inside Llewyn Davis" (Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen) is the Closing Night Gala. The Guest Artistic Director is Agnès Varda. The previously announced premire of "Foxcatcher" is no longer part of the AFI FEST program, due to the shift of the film's release date to 2014.
"Our Centerpiece Galas reflect the diverse cinematic experience at AFI FEST, from our smaller independent films to larger studio releases. We are thrilled to have the World Premiere of Out of the Furnace; to honor the legendary Bruce Dern for his outstanding career and his brilliant performance in Nebraska; and to take the audience on a journey with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," said Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI FEST Festival Director.
For the fifth consecutive year, AFI FEST will offer free tickets to all screenings, but only the Patron Packages will provide reserved seating for the festival's announced galas.
These and other AFI FEST Passes are on sale now at www.afi.com/afifest.
Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and galas will be available to AFI members on Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29 in a 48-hour advance window before they become available to the general public on Wednesday, October 30 and Thursday, October 31.
In addition, AFI members at the Two-Star level and above receive a 10% discount on all AFI FEST Patron Packages and Passes.
Information about AFI membership is available at www.AFI.com/membership.