Attendees might glimpse celebrities as they unveil their latest films, many of which end up earning awards-seasion recognition. The North American premiere of Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins scribe P.L. Travers, opens the festival. Ethan and Joel Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis is the closing-night flick. Other selections include The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with director/star Ben Stiller. Screenings are free.
Movies screen at TCL Chinese Theatre, Chinese 6 Theatres at Hollywood & Highland Center, Egyptian Theatre and Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Free. Tickets available at box office or online: afi.com/afifest