My Picks for AFI FEST 2018


by Tom Nguyen

AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi is one of the largest annual film festivals in Los Angeles and the only one of its stature that is free to the public. The 32nd edition of the festival runs from November 8-15, 2018, and opens on Thursday, November 8, with the film ON THE BASIS OF SEX. Directed by AFI Conservatory alumna Mimi Leder, the inspiring drama tells the story of young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg before she became a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

The festival features upcoming filmmakers from all over the world with 18 films in its New Auteurs section, with 12 helmed by female filmmakers, and 10 films by independent filmmakers in its American Independents section, half of which are directed by women. The World Cinema section features 28 titles from 27 countries, 7 of which are official Best Foreign Language Film Oscar entries.

And if that wasn’t enough, there are Galas and Special Screenings and Short Films too! The festival closes on Thursday, November 15, with the world premiere of MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS. Directed by Josie Rourke and written by Academy Award® nominee Beau Willimon, the historical drama is based on John Guy’s biography, “Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart.”  The film stars Academy Award®nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.

There is something for everyone in this immense festival of films, and it can be pretty overwhelming deciding what to see — Here are my top picks for AFI FEST 2018. Be sure to secure your FREE tickets online! Tickets go FAST! Continue Reading →