AFI Fest '09 dates set

Fest sponsor Audi to supply free screening tickets

AFI Fest 2009, headquartered at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, will run from Oct. 30 - Nov. 7 in Hollywood. To celebrate its 23rd anniversary, the fest and presenting sponsor Audi will offer complimentary tickets to all screenings, including a limited number of seats at the evening screenings and galas, including opening and closing night.

The fest will run at the Chinese through Nov. 5 and then move to Santa Monica for screenings presented in association with the American Film Market.

The Hollywood Roosevelt returns as the festival's host hotel.

The festival will be programmed by Rose Kuo, AFI Fest artistic Director, in partnership with longtime film writer Robert Koehler and AFI Fest programmer Lane Kneedler. "It is a thrill to have Robert join the AFI FEST team," Kuo said. "His critical eye has long been respected in the film community, and he has been an unwavering voice on behalf of the array of international filmmakers whom AFI Fest has championed from its very beginning."