100 Years....100 Movies Counts Down the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time
"AFI'S 100 YEARS… 100 MOVIES -- 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION,"
A NEW ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL
COUNTING DOWN THE 100 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME, TO BE BROADCAST
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK
"Citizen Kane," "Casablanca," "The
Godfather," "Titanic" and "Lord of the Rings"
Among 400 Films to Vie for the Title of Greatest Movie of All Time
AFI'S 100 YEARS… 100 MOVIES -- 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION, a new
entertainment special counting down the 100 greatest movies of all time,
will be broadcast on Wednesday, June 20 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS
Television Network. During the broadcast, the confidential list of the 100
greatest movies will be revealed by some of Hollywood's biggest stars. The
program will consider classic favorites and newly eligible films released
from 1996 to 2006. AFI has previously announced it will now undertake this
as a decade-by-decade program to mark changing cultural perspectives.
This will be the 10th annual special in the AFI's continuing
celebration of American cinema, following the nine critically-acclaimed
Network specials: "AFI's 100 Years… 100 Movies," "…100
Stars," "…100 Laughs," "…100 Thrills," "…100
Passions," "…100 Heroes & Villains," "…100
Songs," "…100 Movie Quotes" and "…100 Cheers"
which annually spark a national discussion of America's film history among
movie lovers across the nation.
AFI distributed a ballot with the names of 400 nominated movies to a
jury of over 1,500 leaders in the creative community, including film
artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers),
critics and historians.
The jurors have been asked to consider the following criteria in making
FEATURE-LENGTH FICTION FILM
Narrative format, typically over 60 minutes in length.
Motion picture with significant creative and/or production elements
from the United States.
Formal commendation in print, television and digital media.
MAJOR AWARD WINNER
Recognition from competitive events including awards from peer groups,
critics, guilds and major film festivals.
POPULARITY OVER TIME
Including success at the box office, television and cable airings, and
DVD/VHS sales and rentals.
A film's mark on the history of the moving image through visionary
narrative devices, technical innovation or other groundbreaking
A film's mark on American society in matters of style and substance.
AFI allows five write-in votes per ballot.
AFI celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2007. AFI is a national
institute providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and
celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital
media. AFI trains the next generation of filmmakers at its world-renowned
Conservatory, maintains America's film heritage through the AFI Catalog of
Feature Films and explores new digital technologies in entertainment and
education through the AFI Digital Content Lab and K-12 Screen Education
Center. As the largest nonprofit exhibitor in the US, AFI ON SCREEN
encompasses the annual AFI FEST presented by Audi: AFI Los Angeles
International Film Festival—as well as year-round programming at
ArcLight Hollywood and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in
Silver Spring, Maryland, including SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel
Documentary Festival. AFI AWARDS, the annual almanac for the 21st century,
honors the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the
year, while AFI's 100 Years . . . series has ignited extraordinary public
interest in classic American movies. And, during the past 34 years, AFI's
Life Achievement Award has become the highest honor for a career in film.
Additional information about AFI is available at AFI.com.
For the 10th consecutive year, multi-Emmy Award winner Gary Smith is
the executive producer and director of the AFI primetime special. AFI
Board Chair Emeritus Frederick S. Pierce is the executive producer for AFI.
Dann Netter ("The 2002 Emmy Awards") and Bob Gazzale ("AFI
Life Achievement Award, A Tribute to Sean Connery") are the
producers. SFM Entertainment LLC is the distributor of the program. Past
sponsors of the series have included General Motors, Pepsi, Home Depot,
Best Buy, Anheuser-Busch, Colgate-Palmolive, Breyer's Ice Cream, S.C.
Johnson, Sony and all major motion picture companies.
Source: CBS Press Release