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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.


Four AFI Conservatory Alumni Receive Grants for Thesis Work
As the season comes to a close, AFI recognizes all of the AFI Conservatory alumni who participated in or had films at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi — including these four Class of 2016 recipients of the following awards, as presented by Dean... >>
Congratulations to AFI Conservatory Alumni Golden Globe Nominees
Multiple alumni of the AFI Conservatory received Golden Globe nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Monday morning. Among the film categories, THE POST co-screenwriter Liz Hannah (AFI Class of 2009) received Best Screenplay... >>
AFI Conservatory Fellows Join James L. Brooks in THE SIMPSONS Writers’ Room
On November 16th, AFI Conservatory Artistic Director James L. Brooks hosted the entire class of current second-year Screenwriting Fellows, and their Discipline Head Anna Thomas, for a unique opportunity on the Fox lot. The AFI... >>
Nancy Malone Estate Donates $500,000 to Advance Women Filmmakers at the American Film Institute
AFI has announced a donation of $500,000 from the estate of director, producer, actor and philanthropist Nancy Malone to advocate for the advancement and employment of women from the AFI Conservatory and the AFI Directing Workshop for Women... >>