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Travel: 24th annual AFI Fest in Los Angeles

The American Film Institute, in partnership with the American Film Market, plays host to thousands of industry players and almost a billion dollars worth of deals.

This Nov. 4–11, the American Film Institute will host its 24th annual international film festival along the storied Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Last year, the AFI implemented its groundbreaking “See a Film on Us” program, offering free admission to all screenings — an event so successful it is being offered again this year. The American Film Market runs its annual industry conference concurrently, in partnership with AFI Fest. The event gathers 7,000 industry players from more than 70 countries who seal more than $825 million in deals by the end of the eight days.

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Since 1927, the Roosevelt has been playing host to silver screen stars like Marilyn Monroe and was the site of the inaugural Academy Awards. Booking one of the 300 rooms here, an official host to the AFI Fest, will ensure you catch all the action. 7000 Hollywood Blvd.

Grauman’s Chinese Theater

Located along the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame, the theatre is the festival’s main venue. Catch the opening–night selection, the world première of Edward Zwick’s Love and Other Drugs, on Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. 6925 Hollywood Blvd.

Egyptian Theater

Another major landmark, erected in 1922. See Barney’s Version, a film adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s novel, on Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. 6712 Hollywood Blvd.

Musso and Frank Grill

Feeding the industry since it opened its doors in 1919, the Musso and Frank Grill is brimming with old Hollywood allure. Back in the day, it was a favourite of Orson Welles and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Today the restaurant offers fine dining from breakfast until late evening. 6667 Hollywood Blvd.

AFI campus

The four–building, eight–acre enclosed, wooded campus is open daily to the public. It is home to the Louis B. Mayer Library and the AFI Conservatory, the only place in the U.S. offering a master of fine arts in advanced film education. First year tuition: US$40,596. 2021 North Western Ave.

Audi

Returning as the festival’s presenting sponsor, the luxury automaker’s name and logo appears on all festival materials, both in print and online.

Hollywood sign

Originally reading “Hollywoodland,” and constructed in 1923 as a billboard for real estate development, the sign has come to symbolize all the glam and grandeur of the multi–billion–dollar film industry. Mt. Lee Drive.