AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center Series & Events

Sept. 13-Oct. 3, 2018. See every film in the Festival with the all-access Pase Especial! To purchase, click the words "Gifts & Passes" at the top right of this page. READ MORE about the AFI Latin American Film Festival.

Sept 23. Now in its third year, Art House Theater Day celebrates the legacy of independent theaters as advocates for cinema arts. In an age where media has become more digital than tangible, more solitary than social, art house theaters remain the physical spaces where film lovers congregate and connect with intrepid, creative filmmaking. They are the beating heart for new and exciting cinema that is shaping the future of the medium.
In recent decades, a colorful constellation of art houses has emerged across the globe. This art house movement has nurtured a flourishing ecosystem of adventurous audiences, independent productions and an incredible diversity of original filmmaking. Art House Theater Day is a worldwide celebration in honor of this movement, a day to celebrate cinemas that stand the test of time and the tremendous film culture that art house theaters promote. For more information on programs happening across the country, visit

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. 20-Nov 4. The 11th-annual Kids Euro Festival is a two-week long festival of European arts and culture for DC-metro-area children and their families. The programs are made possible by the 28 European Union countries and the European Union in the United States in cooperation with the European-American Cultural Foundation, in collaboration with more than 30 cultural institutions in the Washington, DC, area.

For the full lineup of events, visit and follow #KidsEUFest.

Admission is FREE to all Kids Euro Festival events!

Oct. 12–25. Save BIG with the Noir City Pass, which grants admission to every program in the series, NO TICKETS NEEDED. Valued at nearly $200, the pass is just $125! Click the words "Gifts & Passes" at the top of this page to purchase. Year in and year out, Eddie Muller and the Film Noir Foundation team deliver an impeccably curated selection of film noir, combining canonical classics with wonderful rarities ripe for rediscovery. Following the flagship edition of the festival, held earlier this year at San Francisco's famed Castro Theatre, all of the selections in this year's edition of Noir City DC are double features, inspired by the mid-century Hollywood tradition of pairing top-tier studio "A" pictures with shorter, lower-budget second features, or "B" films, during their release. Select screenings will be introduced by TCM host and Film Noir Foundation founder Eddie Muller.

An ongoing slate of limited engagements, updated weekly.

Oct 4-7, 2018. The 13th annual Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival showcases the best in new horror cinema from around the world at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. This year's festival opens with a very special screening of PHANTASM: REMASTERED, presented by legendary filmmaker Don Coscarelli, who will also sign copies of his new memoir, "True Indie: Life and Death in Filmmaking."

Scare up the biggest savings with the Spooky Movie All-Fest Pass! NO TICKETS NEEDED. The All-Access Pass provides admission for one to every screening in the festival, including Opening Night! To purchase, click on "Gifts & Passes" at the top right of this page!