Am I the only one who feels like summer snuck up on me this year? I still can’t believe it’s already mid-June…meaning it is also Silverdocs season here in Silver Spring! The AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival is an annual summer event in its 10th year, celebrating excellence in documentary films with a 6 day film festival. This year, Silverdocs will present 114 films, selected from 2,018 submissions, representing 44 countries with seven World, three North American, seven U.S. and eleven East Coast premieres, plus seven retrospective films and an outdoor screening. Over the course of the 6 day festival, the Documentary Conference will attract over 1,200 filmakers and industry professionals. We are so excited to kick off the festival on Monday, June 18th, as the event represents such a great celebration of storytelling, which is, of course our mission here at Discovery.
There are many perks of working at Discovery, but being encouraged to check out some of the amazing films at Silverdocs is just one of them. Best job ever? I say yes (though, I may be biased). Though this year, I may have trouble choosing which film I’d like to see. Between Under African Skies, about Paul Simon’s famed Graceland album, and Big Easy Express, following the train tour of Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show, I may have to take full advantage of the 6 day festival. For a full schedule of spotlight screenings, check the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival website.