The 2004 AFI Fest announced today that, for the first time in its 18-year history it has entered into a sponsorship agreement that changes the name of the festival. For this year's edition, the fest will be known as AFI FEST 2004 presented by Audi.

This year's event, set to run from November 4-14 will also include a tribute to legendary Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, including a gala screening of his latest, Bad Education (La mala educación). The festival, the longest-running such event in Los Angeles, will open with the U.S. premiere of Kevin Spacey's Bobby Darin biopic, Beyond the Sea. The film stars Spacey as the legendary crooner who made Kurt Weil's "Mack The Knife" a worldwide hit and Kate Bosworth as his wife, actress Sandra Dee. The closing night film will be the U.S. premiere of The Others director Alejandro Amenabar's The Sea Inside.

Other galas presented during the fest include Michael Radford's The Merchant of Venice, Zhang Yimou's House Of Flying Daggers and the North American Premiere Of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A Very Long Engagement.

I don't know about you, but I am ready to line up already to see Spacey belt out "Dfream Lover" (don't know if he does, though).

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