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Educating Tomorrow's Storytellers…Today

The filmmakers at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory learn by doing. Here, tomorrow's storytellers are placed in a hands-on, production-based environment and are trained by a group of dedicated working professionals from the film and television communities.

Located in the heart of the entertainment community in Hollywood, the AFI Conservatory places a strong emphasis on narrative visual storytelling and personal expression. This film program instills the tools that help filmmakers practice their craft and become better storytellers. Classes are broken up into teams that mirror a real production environment. Those teams collaborate on and produce more films than any other graduate-level film school. Upon graduation, about 81% of our graduates report that they are working.


If you have any questions about the application or the requirements, please contact the admissions office at 323.856.7740 or [email protected]. Join the AFI Conservatory's Mailing List.


Watch: IT Director Andy Muschietti on Creating the Film’s Monster
This past month, filmmaker Andy Muschietti (MAMA) came to the AFI campus to present and discuss his new film IT with AFI Conservatory Fellows. Based on the Stephen King bestseller, the film follows a ragtag group of misfits determined to take... >>
MOTHER! Director Darren Aronofsky, Cinematographer Matthew Libatique and Production Designer Philip Messina At AFI
This past weekend, MOTHER! director/writer Darren Aronosky (AFI Class of 1992), cinematographer Matthew Libatique (AFI Class of 1992) and production designer Philip Messina presented and discussed their provocative film with AFI Conservatory... >>
Vote Now in the VIZIO + Dolby Vision Filmmaker Challenge
Established to celebrate excellence in the art of storytelling and advancements in filmmaking, the second annual VIZIO + Dolby Vision™ Filmmaker Challenge inspires rising cinematographers to showcase their filmmaking prowess. The contest invited... >>
Interview: AFI Conservatory Alumna Mimi Leder on Directing THE LEFTOVERS
As an executive producer and director on HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS, Mimi Leder (AFI Class of 1973, Cinematography) brought her deft storytelling touch to the recent series finale. But her work has extended well beyond the prestige mystery series,... >>