AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center Series & Events

Nov. 30-Dec. 19, 2018. See every film in the Showcase and save big with the all-access Passport! To purchase, click the words "Gifts & Passes" at the top right of this page. READ MORE about the AFI European Union Film Showcase.

Oct 29–Nov 21. Stories of Women goes beyond the Bechdel test to showcase an eclectic selection of cinematic work, both by and about women, highlighting a wide range of female perspectives and experiences that engage with ongoing debates about the role and representation of women in film.
From the dawn of the moving image, women have played a crucial role in shaping cinema as an artistic medium — and as a site of both technological and commercial innovation. Now more than ever, the importance of gender-balanced perspectives and parity in representation is clear. Stories of Women brings vital and diverse female voices into the conversation from across the globe and throughout the history of the medium.
For a list of screenings at all partner venues, see

Co-presented by American University, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Goethe-Institut Washington, Immigration Film Fest, DC LaborFest, the Mexican Cultural Institute, the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, SPAIN arts & culture, the Embassy of Sweden, Vital Voices Global Partnership and Women in Film and Video Washington D.C.

Oct 27-Nov 21. See every film and save with the Silent Cinema Showcase Pass! Click "Gifts & Passes" at the top right of this page to purchase!

The Silent Cinema Showcase returns with another selection of newly restored screen classics and rare gems from the silent era. Silent filmmaking was an art form unto itself, one that sound films may have replaced but did not necessarily surpass. This year, get acquainted with great silent film screen talents like Buster Keaton, Marion Davies, Harold Lloyd and Pola Negri, plus the dedicated and talented musicians who bring these films to life with their inventive accompaniment, including Donald Sosin, Ben Model, Gabriel Thibaudeau, Makia Matsumura, Michael Britt and Silver Spring's own Andrew Simpson. And look for very special events featuring larger-scale combos the Silent Orchestra, the Columbia Orchestra and the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra.

See also: NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF HORROR with live accompaniment by Silent Orchestra, playing Oct 27 & 28 in our Halloween on Screen series

An ongoing slate of limited engagements, updated weekly.