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About the festival

American Film Festival (AFF), taking place since 2010 and the first film event in Central Europe solely devoted to the works of contemporary and classic American cinema, takes place in the cultural heritage city of Wroclaw, Poland and is organized by New Horizons Association.

The AFF presents contemporary independent productions in two major competitive sections:

  • SPECTRUM, a panorama of contemporary American cinema, focusing on filmmakers in mid-careers and those making significant directorial debuts, and
  • AMERICAN DOCS, a program of compelling and award-winning documentaries from the film festival circuit, with Audience Awards with cash prizes of $10,000 and $5,000 for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature, respectively.

The AFF 2017 Audience Awards winners were John Carroll Lynch with Lucky and Jairus McLeary with The Work.

The AFF honors recognized US filmmakers with INDIE STAR AWARD to a master of independent filmmaking. In the past years ISA was presented to Todd Solondz, Jerry Schatzberg, Christine Vachon, Whit Stillman, David Gordon Green, Hal Hartley, Jonas Mekas and in 2017 to Rosanna Arquette. The AFF also boasts of RETROSPECTIVES of American classics. Tributes to the likes of John Cassavetes, Shirley Clarke, Clint Eastwood, Samuel Fuller, Nicholas Ray, Orson Welles and Billy Wilder have been organized during past editions of the AFF.
The 2017 edition of American FF included 200 screenings of 90 features, and saw another increase in attendance, totaling a record number of 28179 admissions.

Running yearly in the framework of the AFF, US IN PROGRESS is a unique film industry event connecting European buyers and American independent filmmakers. US in Progress aims to strengthen the trans-Atlantic film industry collaborations and partnerships. US in Progress presents 4-6 independent American projects in final production stages to top European buyers (sales agents, distributors and festival programmers) and post-production houses, who offer their services as in-kind awards. Check dates and regulations at usinprogress.com.

Cool theaters: "screens of IMAX proportions." Cool audiences: "fashionable young crowds and the hottest new bands." Cool digs: "five-star accommodations, fancy dinners and tours of the local castles." No wonder Wroclaw is a hot ticket for U.S. moviemakers, "dignitaries" to the "best festival in Poland and perhaps all of Eastern Europe." Celebrating a different kind of American cinema than what traditionally permeates those far-flung shores, AFF doesn't just showcase indies, it nurtures them: Panelists love their U.S. in Progress program, which awards cash prizes to features in post. - this is how in September 2015, the MovieMaker Magazine described the AFF, when the event was selected as one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by the Magazine.

In April 2017, AFF was included in the MovieMaker's Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee annual list for the 6th straight year.

Here comes the verdict:

With no entry fee, it seems well-deserving to declare American Film Festival's "worth it." A refreshingly un-American way celebrate American indie cinema, AFF gave its adventurous attendees the first chance to see 2017's Battle of the SexesThe Disaster ArtistThe Florida Project, and mother! in Central Europe. The festival's rough-cut screenings make room for small-to-midrange moviemakers as well, and other events leverage AFF's partnerships with the Polish Film Institute and Wroclaw Film Commission to explore co-production possibilities for foreign moviemakers.

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