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The “Meet the Press” Film Festival with the American Film Institute (AFI) hits the big screen this fall for the second year, featuring nearly two dozen films spotlighting critical issues ahead of the midterm elections. This year’s festival will be held at the Landmark Atlantic Plumbing Cinema in Washington, D.C. on the evening of October 8 and will feature 23 short-length documentaries from HBO, Netflix, The New York Times, and other filmmakers across the country.
The selected 2018 films, many of which will make their world premieres, will focus on issues affecting millions of Americans as they prepare to cast their ballots in November, such as immigration, voting rights, and gun control. Each screening will include a Q&A with the filmmaker, moderated by NBC News correspondents and anchors, including Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell, Craig Melvin, Jacob Soboroff, Hallie Jackson, Kasie Hunt, Kristen Welker and Harry Smith.
“Meet the Press,” the number-one most-watched Sunday show and the longest-running program in television history, announced its collaboration with AFI in August 2017, marking a dramatic brand expansion extending beyond the news-making television platform. During its inaugural year, the festival showcased 16 short documentaries exploring wide-ranging issues, three of which were nominated for Academy Awards.
Tickets to the festival are on sale now and available here. Following the event, select films will be available for a month-long showcase on NBC News Digital platforms and apps, including AppleTV, Roku and Amazon Fire, and other on-demand services such as Hulu, AOL and Comcast X1.