A Selective Guide to the Arts in Los Angeles

Christmas has come early for cinephiles: AFI Fest brings nine days of free movies between Oct. 30 and Nov. 7.

The American Film Institute is offering free tickets to all screenings and red carpet gala events during AFI Fest, LA’s longest-running international film festival, at venues in Hollywood and Santa Monica. A Patron Pass ($500/$450 members) helps support the festival and gets you early entrance to films, two gala tickets, and access to two lounges with open bars.

Heath Ledger stars in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," a Terry Gilliam film that is the centerpiece gala of AFI Fest.

Heath Ledger stars in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," the Terry Gilliam film that is AFI Fest's centerpiece gala.

The centerpiece gala is Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Monday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. In addition to other gala films like the much-acclaimed “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Sunday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m.), movie lovers can check out the restored classic “North by Northwest” (Monday, Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m.), take a tour of world cinema, and explore documentaries, shorts, and alt cinema. Special programming includes AFI Digifest (from the AFI Digital Content Lab) and AFI Project: 20/20 (films created as part of a cultural exchange program).

Visit www.AFI.com for a schedule and all the details. Reserve tickets online, by phone at 1-866-AFI-FEST, or in person at the Festival Will Call desk in the Hollywood and Highland Center’s Mann Chinese 6 Theatre main lobby on the third level.