IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZIO, Inc. announced today its third-year of collaboration with the American Film Institute, highlighted by a sponsorship of AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi. With a joint mission to celebrate the art of filmmaking, the partnership between AFI and VIZIO connects cinema and technology to enhance the home entertainment experience. This year, VIZIO will showcase its complete VIZIO SmartCast line-up, including the VIZIO SmartCast™ P-Series™ Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display collection, in the VIZIO Lounge at The Hollywood Roosevelt during the festival. The displays feature High Dynamic Range with Dolby Vision™ and HDR10 content support, culminating in a cinema-like entertainment experience at home.
VIZIO will host the Special Closing Night Gala Presentation of AFI FEST, featuring a red carpet celebration and screening of Patriots Day, directed by Peter Berg. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Melissa Benoist and Michelle Monaghan and depicts an account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis' actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes a city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it. The Special Closing Night Gala Presentation of Patriots Day will take place at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday, November 17 at 7:00pm. "As we kickoff a third year of collaboration between AFI FEST and VIZIO, we're excited to reinforce our continued dedication to filmmakers," said Matt McRae, VIZIO Chief Technology Officer. "With picture quality technologies continuing to advance, VIZIO is committed to ensuring great visuals don't stop at the theater. Dolby Vision content support on VIZIO Ultra HD HDR home theater displays helps ensure key elements like brightness, color and contrast are carried over to home audiences just as they were intended for the cinema." Festival guests and filmmakers will have a chance to interact with VIZIO products throughout AFI FEST 2016 in the VIZIO Lounge located in The Hollywood Roosevelt. Product specialists will be on-hand in the VIZIO Lounge to demonstrate VIZIO picture and audio technologies and how they culminate in the ultimate whole-home entertainment experience. Featured products include the VIZIO SmartCast P-Series Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display collection, VIZIO SmartCast™ 45" 5.1 Slim Sound Bar System, VIZIO SmartCast™ Crave 360™ WiFi Speaker and VIZIO SmartCast™ Crave Pro™ WiFi Speaker.