Charles Guggenheim Symposium

The AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors masters of the non-fiction art form who inspire audiences by documenting and examining the human condition. The Symposium takes place during AFI DOCS and celebrates a dedicated and distinguished documentary filmmaker and their body of work.

The 2020 Guggenheim Symposium will honor Academy Award®-winning actor and filmmaker Lee Grant. This year’s virtual Symposium will include a screening of Grant’s Academy Award®-winning documentary film DOWN AND OUT IN AMERICA (1986) and an in-depth conversation with Grant on June 19, 2020, moderated by author and Washington Post chief film critic Ann Hornaday. Get your ticket HERE.


Lee Grant (2020)
Freida Lee Mock (2019)
Steve James (2018)
Laura Poitras (2017)
Werner Herzog (2016)
Stanley Nelson (2015)
Alex Gibney (2014)
Errol Morris (2013)
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (2012)
Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker (2011)
Frederick Wiseman (2010)
Albert Maysles (2009)
Spike Lee (2008)
Jonathan Demme (2007)
Martin Scorsese (2006)
Barbara Kopple (2004)
Charles Guggenheim (2003)