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
Enter for your chance to win two gala screening tickets and a pair of Cinepass Express Passes that give you express access to screenings, conversations and events for the duration of AFI FEST!
AFI FEST is the only film festival on its level to invite the public to attend for free. Here is everything you need to know about getting tickets to catch great movies from around the world without spending a dime.
Things to do near AFI Fest
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.
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.
Past AFI Fest coverage
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.
Heading to AFI Fest? We picked the best of the film festival 2013, from a new Coen brothers classic to a Swedish graphic novel come to life.