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A guide to AFI Fest 2016

Tickets, films and everything else you need to know about the American Film Institute's annual film festival, AFI Fest

Movie lovers rejoice! L.A.'s best film festival is back. Every year, the American Film Institute presents films, lectures, galas and special discussions at venues throughout Hollywood, including Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Chinese 6 and the Egyptian Theatre. This year, AFI Fest runs November 10 to 17. Expect a mix of world cinema, short films, breakthrough debuts and special honors for Hollywood legends Dorothy Dandridge, Ida Lupino and Anna May Wong. The fest gives L.A. residents incredible access to the filmmaking world and its stars. Best part? You can get in for free. So check out our suggestions for must-see showings and the best things to do while you're in Hollywood—and prepare for a glorious week celebrating the silver screen.

Guide to AFI Fest 2016

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Things to do near AFI Fest

Hollywood's best bars

Check out the best bars in Los Angeles with a trip to Hollywood—from dive bars to cocktail bars, toast a night on the town at Tinseltown's top watering holes.

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The best coffee shops in Hollywood

Hollywood has more than just wannabe Supermans and movie premieres. We sipped on lattes and shots of espresso to find you the best coffee shops in the neighborhood.

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Hollywood's best restaurants

Hollywood's best restaurants

Some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles are in Hollywood—check out Tinsletown's best dishes from Thai and steakhouses to cheap and late-night eats.

Best clubs in Hollywood

Check out our list of the best clubs in Hollywood, from music-driven megaclubs to more under-the-radar picks.

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The best hotels in Hollywood

Find a bit of that old glamour in the luxurious Hollywood hotels. It's not just a popular neighborhood for tourists to stay—Hollywood is centrally located and it's easy to get to many other parts of Los Angeles using the subway, bus lines or freeways that run through it. 

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By: Michael Juliano
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Past AFI Fest coverage

8 films to see at AFI Fest 2015

AFI Fest, the American Film Institute's annual (and free!) celebration of international cinema, kicks off November 5 with more than 120 movies over eight days, including special screenings, tributes and works from both modern masters and emerging auteurs. It's a cinema lover's dream, except for the fact that many screenings overlap or are only playing during 9-to-5 hours. Even if that's not a problem for your schedule, there are still too many films to choose from—unless you plan on spending the next 168 hours at the movie theaters, which, um, we might. For the rest of you who want to keep your day jobs and still see great movies, we've narrowed it down to eight films that are true must-sees. Whether you're a romantic, edge-of-your-seat thrill-seeker or downright cinematography geek, click through our slideshow of what we can't wait to see at this year's fest. Enjoy the show! RECOMMENDED: Get more information about AFI Fest.

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By: Kate Wertheimer
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