The Mulholland Drive moviemaker has been named the first ever Guest Artistic Director of the famous film festival, which takes place in Los Angeles in November (10).
Lynch, who studied at the AFI before becoming a director, will help co-ordinate the festival and will choose a selection of movies which inspired him throughout his career. He has also helped design the promotional posters for the event.
He says, "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."
The AFI Fest will run from 4-11 November (10).