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 the Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 and the Egyptian Theatre. This year, AFI Fest runs November 9 to 16. Expect a mix of world cinema, short films, breakthrough debuts and a retrospective of legendary director Robert Altman. 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.
Things to do near AFI Fest
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