AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center Series & Events

Jan. 25–March 26, 2020
What makes a great film even greater? Seeing it at AFI Silver Theatre! Our programmers have rounded up an eclectic slate of critically acclaimed 2019 releases – focused mainly on films which did not screen at AFI Silver during their initial run, plus a few encore engagements – to give local cinephiles another chance to see some of 2019's best films, back on the big screen. With award nominations, year-end best-of lists and hindsight as your guide, take a second look at some of the past year's most distinctive films.

Jan. 21-Feb. 6

The Freer and Sackler's Iranian Film Festival is always an opportunity to see an often-misrepresented country and culture in a different light. The AFI Silver presents encore screenings of selected highlights from this year's impressive program. This festival is co-curated by Tom Vick of the Freer and Sackler; Carter Long of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Marian Luntz of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The series is co-sponsored by the ILEX Foundation. Notes courtesy of the Freer and Sackler.

Feb. 8–26

Alongside this year's Iranian Film Festival: New Films from Iran, AFI Silver is proud to partner with the Freer and Sackler, the National Gallery of Art and Janus Films to present a large-scale retrospective on the work of Iran's greatest filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami (1940–2016). Spanning the master's entire career, the series includes many new 4K digital restorations and includes early documentaries and rare short films alongside the famous features Kiarostami made in the '80s and '90s, including the famed Koker Trilogy that led to his international renown, culminating in his 1997 Palme d'Or win for TASTE OF CHERRY.

Series made possible by Janus Films and mk2, with the invaluable contribution of Ahmad Kiarostami.

For screenings at the National Gallery of Art, visit nga.gov

For screenings at the Freer and Sackler, visit freersackler.si.edu

Feb 27-Mar 1, 2020. AFI Silver is excited to host the 14th Capital Irish Film Festival (CIFF) presented by Solas Nua. Celebrating Irish identity, culture and artistry, CIFF's line-up brings the best in contemporary Irish cinema to the Washington, DC, area. The full line-up will be announced in January 2020.

See them all with the CIFF All-Access pass, on sale now!

With the pass, you have priority access to every screening — no tickets needed! The pass grants you admission for one to every film in the 2020 Capital Irish Film Festival, including Opening Night. Early-bird sale price (through Jan. 9): $90. After Jan. 9: $120.

Click "Gifts & Passes" at the top of this page to purchase.

March 5–19

Now in its 16th year, the New African Film Festival is co-presented by AFI, Africa World Now Project and afrikafé. Showcasing the vibrancy of African filmmaking from all corners of the continent, it brings the best in contemporary African cinema to the Washington, DC, area. The full lineup will be announced in February 2020.

See every film with the all-access pass, on sale now! With the pass, you have priority access to every screening — no tickets needed! The pass grants you admission for one to every screening in the 2020 New African Film Festival, including Opening Night. Early-bird sale price (through Jan. 30): $130 General Admission/$110 AFI Members. After Jan. 30: $150 General Admission/$130 AFI Members.

Click "Gifts & Passes" at the top of this page to purchase.

An ongoing slate of limited engagements, updated weekly.