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AFI FEST to spotlight Dorothy Dandridge, Ida Lupino and Anna May Wong

This year the AFI FEST presented by Audi will spotlight a trio of classic female stars from yesteryear - Dorothy Dandridge, Ida Lupino and Anna May Wong. 

Dandridge was the first African American to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award; Ida Lupino, the first woman to direct a film noir; and Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American actress to rise to international prominence.

AFI FEST will screen three films featuring each artist in its expanded Cinema's Legacy section that celebrates motion picture heritage and presents recent restorations of film classics and films about the history of cinema: Otto Preminger's CARMEN JONES (1954) starring Dandridge; the Lupino-directed THE HITCH-HIKER (1953); and E.A. Dupont's PICCADILLY (1929) starring Wong.

AFI and Women Filmmakers

In addition to the spotlight on female pioneers at AFI FEST, as recently announced, AFI partnered with 20th Century Fox to help increase the number of female directors working on major studio films through an initiative that will provide alumnae of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) — the American Film Institute's unique female filmmaker training program — the opportunity to direct short films based on the Studio's film franchises. 

The Opening Night Gala will be the World Premiere of RULES DON'T APPLY (DIR Warren Beatty) on Thursday, November 10. The 30th edition of AFI FEST takes place November 10–17, 2016, in the heart of Hollywood. Screenings, Galas and other events will be held at the TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt. The full festival lineup and schedule will be unveiled in October.

For the 13th consecutive year, AFI FEST will showcase the very best in global cinema thanks to the visionary support of presenting sponsor Audi.
For tickets and more information, go to AFI.com

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