The American Film Institute Festival is Los Angeles' longest running international film festival, bringing the best in world cinema since its launch in 1971. This year's festival lineup, which runs from November 7-14, features nightly red-carpet galas, special screenings, conversations and tributes. And the best part is—it's free and open to the public. (Better be quick about it though, tickets to the big events sell out fast.)
Take a look at some of the most buzzed about events at this year's AFI FEST:
This year's gala presentations include some of the most anticipated fall movies like Meryl Streep's August: Osage Country, Tom Hanks' Saving Mr. Banks, the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis and the Ben Stiller's passion project The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. All galas will be presented in the historic TCL Chinese Theatre and if you're lucky you'll get a ticket for the after-party, too.
Tonight, David O. Russell will be honored with a special tribute for his outstanding achievements in film. The tribute presentation will feature scenes from Russell’s body of work and American Hustle.
3. SPECIAL SCREENINGS
In addition to galas, AFI gives attendees an opportunity to view other world premieres, award season contenders and highly anticipated independent and international films though its special screenings. Audiences will be able to enjoy Spike Jonze's HER, Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and the incomparable Judi Dench in Philomena.
4. MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS
If you dare to indulge in AFI's midnight screenings be prepared for some badass horror-action films. Kicking things off is Eli Roth's bone-chilling horror film The Green Inferno, which has been described as a walking nightmare. Other films include Big Bad Wolves, The Sacrament and R100.
5. CLASSIC FILMS
Director Steve McQueen and Annette Bening will be participating in intimate conversations with fans to talk about their latest film projects and career highlights. The Los Angeles Times will also be holding its annual Young Hollywood roundtable with this year's breakout stars Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the Pines, Kill Your Darlings), Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Brie Larson (Short Term 12) and Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now).
7. WORLD CINEMA
Over 30 of the most anticipated and prize-winning international films of the year will be showcased this year at AFI, including 15 official Foreign Language Film Oscar submissions. A few notables include Chile's Gloria, Mexico's Heli, Japan's Life Father, Like Son and Italy's The Great Beauty.
The complete AFI Fest 2013 program includes 119 films (83 features, 36 shorts), representing 43 countries. For more information on AFI and how to purchase tickets click here.