DC on March 20 and 21, 2015. Be part of the festival on March 20 by watching it stream live.
President Obama will deliver opening remarks in the East Room on the first day of the festival. Following his introduction, there will be premiere screenings of 15 films selected from more than 1,700 submissions from all over the United States. These inspiring shorts showcase the power of compassion, the importance of educators, the influence of service on our communities, the necessity of environmental preservation and much more.
The second day of the festival will feature encore screenings of the selected films as well as additional finalists, break-out sessions with motion picture professionals, mentorship opportunities and workshops on topics that include various aspects of film production. Free and open to the public, this additional programming is made possible in collaboration with Participant Media. Through the generosity of Participant and their TEACH.org team, young filmmakers from around the U.S. are expected to attend.
"The American Film Institute was born in the White House Rose Garden with a mandate to nurture young men and women wishing to pursue the art form as their life's work," said Bob Gazzale, AFI President & CEO. "Fifty years later, we continue to look to the future, and we are proud to do so in partnership with the White House – as we encourage the next generation of storytellers to share their tales well told."