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Marriott International

June 20, 2011 16:27 ET

Courtyard Silver Spring Downtown Official Hotel Sponsor of the 9th Annual AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival

Relax at This Silver Spring Hotel While Enjoying Seven Days of Film

SILVER SPRING, MD--(Marketwire - Jun 20, 2011) - Continuing to show its commitment to the growth and revitalization of downtown Silver Spring and its dedication to the world of arts and entertainment, the Courtyard Silver Spring Downtown hotel has again stepped forward as the Official Hotel Sponsor of the renowned Silverdocs Documentary Festival set for June 20-26, 2011.

As impressive as the documentary festival itself, this Silver Spring hotel near Washington, DC views the sponsorship as an opportunity to showcase recent improvements in the downtown redevelopment district of Silver Spring, MD.

"As in years past, we're pleased and proud to be the Official Hotel Sponsor of the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival," remarked General Manager, David Shoshan. "No other event brings visitors to Silver Spring with such a focus on arts and entertainment the way that this festival does. It's an opportunity for more people to come to know the city and embrace the extraordinary change and growth that our neighborhood has undergone in recent years."

Offering spacious guest rooms and impeccable hotel suites in Silver Spring, the Courtyard has been the Official Hotel Sponsor of the Festival for the past five years, leading the city in welcoming the nearly 27,000 festival attendees who gather for the seven-day event. Created through an alliance between AFI and the Discovery Channel, Silverdocs showcases the best documentaries from every corner of the globe, and has been referred to as the "Non-Fiction Nirvana" by Variety, the "pre-eminent documentary festival in the US" by Screen International and the "premiere showcase for documentary film" by Hollywood Reporter. In addition to a diverse selection of films by filmmakers representing more than 60 countries, 14 Academy Award nominated films will be featured at the event to be held at the nearby AFI Silver Theatre, one of the premier film presentation theaters in the country.

Running concurrent with the film presentations, Silverdocs also includes a five-day conference promoting documentary filmmaking as a leading art form, supporting the work of independent filmmakers and fostering an atmosphere for public dialogue and civic engagement around the issues and ideas explored in the films.

About the Courtyard Silver Spring Downtown

The Courtyard Silver Spring Downtown is just minutes from Washington, DC and stylish among Silver Spring hotels near Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Offering easy access by car or mass transit to many of the area's popular tourist attractions or business destinations, the Silver Spring Courtyard is located across the street from the world headquarters of Discovery Communications and is a noted choice for those seeking Catholic University of America hotels or NOAA accommodations. Convenient retail, dining and entertainment options are within walking distance of the hotel, which boasts a newly renovated lobby and Bistro restaurant.

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