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September 30, 2012

AFI Fest: Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' closes festival

Academy Award winning director Steven Spielberg will close The American Film Institute (AFI) AFI Film Festival when his anticipated film, "Lincoln" is screened. The film, from Dreamwrks, stars Daniel Day-Lewis and will have its Official World Premiere on Thursday, November 8. 

Also starring in the film are Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes, Hal Holbrook, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader and Jared Harris. 

The revealing drama explores our 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office during the Civil War.

”Steven Spielberg is an American master, enriching the cultural legacy of our nation with each new
film in his extraordinary career,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. ”We are honored he
has chosen AFI FEST for the World Premiere of "Lincoln," an historic cinematic event in itself as it brings the most dramatic American history to life for new generations.”

Spielberg was the recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1995, the highest honor for a career in film; five of his movies rate among the greatest -9 films of all time on AFI’s 100 Years...100 Movies list: "Schindler's List," (#8), "E.T." (#24), "Jaws" (#56), "Raiders of the Lost Ark," (#66) and "Saving Private Ryan." 

For the fourth consecutive year, AFI FEST will offer free tickets to all screenings, but only the Star Patron Package and Marquee Patron Package will provide reserved seating at the Official World Premiere closing night gala of LINCOLN. These and other AFI FEST Patron Packages and Passes – which can include access to sold-out galas and other high-demand films and events – are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST. The American Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization, and Patron Packages are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and galas will be available to AFI members on Wednesday, October 24 in a 24-hour advance window before they become available to the general
public on October 25. In addition, AFI members Two Star level and above receive a 10% discount
on all Patron Packages and Passes. Information about AFI Membership is available at AFI.com/membership.

AFI FEST, celebrating its 26th year, will take place November 1 through 8 in Hollywood, California, at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

For more information about AFI, visit AFI.com or connect with AFI at

facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute, twitter.com/AmericanFilm and youtube.com/AFI.
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