AFI Fest Announces David Lynch As First-Ever Guest Artistic Director. Filmmaker David Lynch has been announced as the first-ever guest artistic director of AFI Fest 2010. The American Film Institute Fest presented by Audi will take place from November 4 to 11 in Hollywood. Lynch said, “I said yes to being the Guest Artistic Director of AFI FEST 2010 because I love the AFI. AFI can do for others what it did for me. AFI gave me an opportunity and money to make a short film, ‘The Grandmother,’ and my first feature film, ‘Eraserhead.’” “AFI put me on the map.” He will program a special sidebar of films that influence and inspire him and will present these films in November. The film selection will be announced in October. He was one of the first Fellows of AFI’s Center for Advanced Film Studies, now known as the AFI Conservatory. He also created artwork that will serve as the official image of the 24th annual festival. AFI FEST 2010 will be held at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Mann Chinese 6 theaters, the Egyptian Theater and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.