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“Meet the Press,” AFI collaborate on doc festival

NBC News’ Meet the Press (pictured) will hit the big screen this fall following a partnership with the American Film Institute to create an innovative documentary film festival. The politically-focused and issue-oriented ...
August 2, 2017

NBC News’ Meet the Press (pictured) will hit the big screen this fall following a partnership with the American Film Institute to create an innovative documentary film festival.

The politically-focused and issue-oriented Meet The Press Film Festival in Collaboration with the American Film Institute will feature seven short-length films – 40 minutes and under – with an emphasis on unexplored American stories from outside of the Washington, DC area, produced with a “diversity of perspectives”.

Shorts presented throughout the festival will feature a bold commitment to the subject matter, cinematic excellence and innovative storytelling, according to AFI. Submissions are now being accepted.

Having launched on Nov. 6, 1947,  Meet the Press serves as the longest-running program in television history and provides weekly current affairs news, specializing in interviews with world leaders on issues of politics, economics, foreign policy and public affairs.

The November film festival will mark benchmarks for both organizations, with NBC News celebrating its 70th anniversary and AFI its 50th.

“The commanding journalism of Meet the Press is a natural 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’,” the American Film Institute said in a statement.

More information on the inaugural film festival will be announced in the coming weeks.

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