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Series & Events

March 3-6, 2022
AFI Silver is excited to host the 16th-annual Capital Irish Film Festival (CIFF), cp-presented with Solas Nua. Celebrating Irish identity, culture and artistry, CIFF's lineup brings the best in contemporary Irish cinema to the Washington, DC, area.

All-Access Passes on sale now!

The pass grants you admission for one to every film in the 2022 Capital Irish Film Festival, including Opening Night. Click "Gifts & Passes" at the top of this page to purchase.

Co-presented with the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art
Feb. 4–April 27

Iranian filmmakers continue to create culturally vital and innovative films despite daunting challenges. This annual series provides a look at both the latest films from Iran and selected classics, which this year includes retrospectives dedicated to filmmakers Shahram Mokri and two-time Oscar® winner Asghar Farhadi, whose latest film A HERO opened January 7 at AFI Silver.

The Freer Galley of Art will present selected films online via the museum's video-on-demand platform beginning January 14; all films screening at AFI Silver starting February 4 will be presented at the theatre for in-person attendance.

This festival is made possible by the generous support of the ILEX Foundation.

AFI Member passes accepted for all AFI Silver screenings.

Jan. 29-April 11, 2022
AFI Silver celebrates the work of Paul Thomas Anderson with this comprehensive retrospective of his past feature films. Anderson’s latest, the acclaimed LICORICE PIZZA, is on screen now.

Jan. 29-Feb. 26, 2022
Stephen Sondheim's death in November 2021, just two weeks before the opening of Steven Spielberg's new version of WEST SIDE STORY, marked the passing of a legend and the end of an era.

Among the highlights in his long and storied career as a theatrical composer and lyricist are "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (1962), "Company" (1970), "Follies" (1971), "A Little Night Music" (1973), "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (1979), "Sunday in the Park with George" (1984) and "Into the Woods" (1987), as well as composing the lyrics for "West Side Story" (1957) and "Gypsy" (1959).

Perhaps the greatest American musical theater composer of the modern era, Sondheim won eight Tony Awards®, eight Grammys®, an Academy Award®, a Pulitzer Prize and a Laurence Olivier Award. But Sondheim will always be thought of as an innovator, pushing the boundaries of what musical theater could be; even his theatrical failures have passionate adherents who advocate for these works' artistic merits alongside Sondheim's biggest hits.

This series includes several documentaries on Sondheim's work, including the rarely screened D. A. Pennebaker documentary ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM: COMPANY, and the 1973 murder mystery THE LAST OF SHEILA, which represents Sondheim's lone screenwriting credit (co-authored with actor Anthony Perkins).

In Memoriam: Stephen Sondheim 1930–2021