Todd Hitchcock and Abbie Algar get to watch movies as part of their jobs.
In preparation for the annual European Union Film Showcase, to take place next month at the American Film Institute Theatre and Cultural Center, Hitchcock, the AFI director of programming, and Algar, the AFI associate director of programming, attend such prestigious film festivals as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, and Toronto.
“Each of us sees some 40 to 50 films on each of these trips,” said Hitchcock. “There are screenings all day and into the night.”
That's because the showcase is a curated event, “not an open-submission process,” Hitchcock explained.
At this time of year, the theater will present many classic holiday films, including such perennial favorites as “It's a Wonderful Life,” “The Shop around the Corner,” and “Miracle on 34th Street.”
However, the European Union showcase, now in its 30th year, will also take place from Dec. 1 to Dec. 20.