Concussion to Premiere at AFI Fest

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Thu, 10/01/2015 - 13:13 -- Nick Dager

The World Premiere of Sony Pictures' Concussion — starring two-time Academy Award nominee Will Smith, written and directed by Peter Landesman, and produced by Ridley Scott, Giannina Scott, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman and Elizabeth Cantillon — will be the Centerpiece Gala of AFI Fest 2015 presented by Audi. The event will take place at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on November 10.

Available now at are festival passes for purchase, which ensure reserved seats for sold-out Galas and other high-demand films and events. The Centerpiece Gala is the third announced World Premiere at AFI Fest.

"AFI Fest is for movie lovers who understand and appreciate the power of stories on the big screen. Concussion packs that punch by shining a light on a topic that has caught the country's attention, here expertly expressed through the direction of Peter Landesman and an unforgettable performance by Will Smith. We are proud to present the World Premiere of Concussion as a Centerpiece Gala at AFI Fest," said Jacqueline Lyanga, director, AFI Fest.

"AFI Fest is the perfect stage to unveil Concussion, and we are privileged to have been chosen as the Centerpiece Gala," said Ridley Scott and Giannina Scott, two of the film's producers. " Concussion is a powerful and uncompromising film about an issue that was ignored for far too long and continues to play out today. It's a story that had to be told, and we were determined to tell it right."

"Although the film doesn't open until Christmas, with all of the recent debate about it, we are excited to show it sooner so that the discussion can be more informed," added Tom Rothman, chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. " Concussion is a great American immigrant story. An outsider, whose greatest aspiration is to belong, takes on an American corporate Goliath at incredible personal risk. His only weapon is the knowledge that he is right and his belief that in America, truth will prevail. We are so grateful to AFI Fest for giving us this opportunity."

As previously announced, the Opening Night Gala will be the World Premiere of Be the Sea (director Angelina Jolie Pitt) on Thursday, November 5 and the Closing Night Gala will be the World Premiere of The Big Short (director Adam McKay) on Thursday, November 12. The full festival lineup and schedule will be unveiled in October.

The 29th edition of AFI Fest takes place November 5-12 in the heart of Hollywood. Screenings and Galas will be held at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian and the Hollywood Roosevelt.

AFI Fest remains the only global event of its caliber to offer free individual tickets to screenings and events as a gift to the community. These free tickets will be available to the general public online at beginning Monday, October 26. Available for purchase now at are AFI Fest Patron Packages and Express Passes — which can include access to sold-out Galas and other high-demand films and events.

As part of their membership benefit, AFI members will receive a complimentary AFI Fest Cinepass, which allows access to all regular screenings at this year's festival. Additionally, AFI members at the Two-Star level and above receive a 10 percent discount on all AFI Fest Patron Packages and Express Passes. Information about AFI membership is available at

For the 12th consecutive year, AFI Fest is proud to have Audi as the presenting sponsor. Additional top sponsors include AT&T; American Airlines, the official airline of AFI; and VIZIO, the official home theater sponsor of AFI. The festival’s venue sponsors include Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatres, the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Hollywood Roosevelt and the Egyptian Theatre.

American Film Insitute