Alumni Events & Announcements

NOVEMBER 10–17 | AFI FEST presented by Audi
Are you ready for AFI FEST? Here's what you need to know:

AFI FEST Online Film Guide
Learn about this year's slate of films here.

AFI FEST Cinepass

  • Each alumnus is eligible to receive one (1) AFI FEST Cinepass, which grants admission to all regular screenings, Special Sreenings and conversations, subject to seating availability. This pass does NOT grant access to Galas.
  • Online registration for the Cinepass is now closed. If you submitted your registration prior to October 31, your Cinepass is now available for pick-up at the AT&T Box Office during box office hours. You may skip the ticketing line and head straight to the Alumni/Fellows/Members counter to pick up your pass. You must present a valid photo I.D. To avoid long lines, we recommend that you pick up your pass prior to November 10.
  • If you did not submit a registration, you may still request a Cinepass in-person during box office hours. Please note that this requires your Cinepass to be created on-site, which may result in additional waiting time.

AFI FEST AT&T Box Office Location and Hours
Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 201
Los Angeles, CA 90028

November 5–9: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
November 10, 14–17: 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
November 11–13: 10:00 a.m.–11:59 p.m.

AFI FEST Online Ticketing
Online ticket selection to the general public is open. You may want to use the online ticketing system if:

  • You have any non-alumni guests (e.g. spouse, friends, family members) who wish to attend the festival with you. Those without a pass must reserve tickets to screenings.
  • You would like to attend a Gala (all Galas require a voucher — details here).

AFI invites you to join NASA, the Houston Film Commission and Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) for a cocktail reception and screening of CineSpace. CineSpace, a short film competition, is a collaboration between NASA and HCAS that offers filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by, and using, actual NASA imagery.

Date: Friday, November 11, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: The Hollywood Roosevelt | VIZIO Lounge
7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Join your AFI family at the annual Alumni Reunion — our biggest alumni event of the year — during AFI FEST!
We will present the William J. Fadiman Award for Screenwriting, Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Awards and Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award to this year's recipients in an awards ceremony with the reunion reception immediately following.

Date: Friday, November 11, 2016
Time: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. | Doors Open
6:30 p.m. | Awards Presentation
Location: The Hollywood Roosevelt | Cinema Lounge
7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Join Harbers Studios for a special screening and conversation on short films, featuring Janicza Bravo's WOMAN IN DEEP and Academy Award® winner Megan Mylan's TALLER THAN THE TREES. This screening is part of Harbers Studios' ongoing Women in Focus series, celebrating women filmmakers and the stories behind their work.

Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: TCL Chinese Theatre 5
6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

IVY Entertainment presents "How To Start Your Production Company — An Exclusive Salon" in collaboration with AFI and Brown Club of LA. Attend this panel discussion featuring industry experts in the major areas of production, including development and packaging, legal and finance, physical production, marketing and distribution.

Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Time: 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: AFI Campus | Mark Goodson Screening Room
2021 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

VIZIO and Dolby invite you to a panel discussion focusing on creation and delivery of the highest quality viewing experience for both cinema and home entertainment with Dolby Vision™ HDR. Special guests will share insights and learnings from their work on top Hollywood films and episodic content.

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 1:00–3:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m. | Luncheon
1:30–2:30 p.m. | VIZIO + Dolby Vision™ Panel Discussion
2:30–2:45 p.m. | VIZIO + Dolby Vision™ Filmmaker Challenge Award and Screening
Reception to follow
Location: The Hollywood Roosevelt | VIZIO Lounge
7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
RSVP: Contact Nicole Marlborough at 949.939.8065 or

You are invited to celebrate a decade of tradition and ring in the holidays at the IVY Entertainment Holiday Party — with alumni and friends in entertainment from AFI, Berkeley, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Digital LA, Harvard, IVY Exchange, Princeton, Stanford, Syracuse, UCLA, University of Pennsylvania, Washington University in St. Louis and Yale — to help you expand your network. The guest list includes industry professionals from ABC, CAA, CBS, ICM, Paramount, Sony Pictures, WB and WME.

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Time: 7:00–11:30 p.m.
Location: STATION at W Hollywood
6250 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028


Daniel Abts (AFI Class of 2012), Bill Balas (AFI Class of 2005), Dylan Kohler (AFI Class of 2005), Simon Nagel (AFI Class of 2012), Marisé Samitier (AFI DWW, Class of 1998), Andy Siara (AFI Class of 2015) and Alex Simon (AFI Class of 2005) are semifinalists in the 2016 Big Break Screenwriting Contest.

Director/writer Andrea Arnold (AFI Class of 1991) was interviewed by Irish Times on her latest film, AMERICAN HONEY.

THE NIGHT IS OURS, starring Bex Taylor-Klaus (THE KILLING) and Jacqueline Emerson (THE HUNGER GAMES), is streaming on Amazon Prime. Aubree Bernier-Clarke (AFI DWW, Class of 2013) is the director/writer, Pin-Chun Liu (AFI Class of 2013) is the producer, Michelle Lawler (AFI Class of 2012) is the cinematographer and Cyndi Trissel (AFI Class of 2013) is the editor.

Farhad Ahmed Dehlvi (AFI Class of 2014), Andrea Gonzalez Mereles (AFI Class of 2015), Ashley Monti (AFI Class of 2013), Steve Pristin (AFI Class of 2014), Kalilah Robinson (AFI Class of 2016), Joenique Rose (AFI Class of 2016) and Dennis Zanatta (AFI Class of 2015) were selected as Film Independent's 2017 Project Involve Fellows.

Freeform has picked up the pilot for BROWN GIRLS, a multi-camera comedy about the relationship between Rimmi, an Indian-American aspiring beauty vlogger, and Devi, a young woman who has recently emigrated from India. Nastaran Dibai (AFI Class of 1985) is the executive producer and writer.

MARY PICKFORD: THE MUSE OF THE MOVIES kicked off Turner Classic Movies' eight-part series TRAILBLAZING WOMEN on October 4. Nicholas Eliopoulos (AFI Class of 1971) is the film's producer, director and editor.

Kayla Emter (AFI Class of 2008) was honored by Stage 32 as one of its 2016 Women Trailblazers on November 3.

FX has renewed AMERICAN HORROR STORY, from co-creators Brad Falchuk (AFI Class of 1994) and Ryan Murphy, for a seventh installment, set to premiere next year.

Halima K. Gilliam (AFI Class of 2002) has been nominated to be on the Board of Directors at the Editors Guild.

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (AFI Class of 1975) currently has an exhibition in Los Angeles at the Annenberg Space for Photography.

HALF BROTHER, a feature film directed and written by Anthony Grippa (AFI Class of 2012), has been released by Indican Pictures on iTunes and Amazon. Stephen Paratore (AFI Class of 2009) is the film's producer, Stefan Weinberger (AFI Class of 2012) is the cinematographer and Yoni Reiss (AFI Class of 2009) is the editor.

Amy Pascal's Pascal Pictures won an auction for THE POST. The spec script by Liz Hannah (AFI Class of 2009) frames a feature film about the Washington Post's role in exposing the Pentagon Papers in 1971, and how the Post's editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham challenged the federal government over their right to publish them.

Sara Hills (AFI Class of 2012) currently teaches video production at Claremont High School. When she learned about the White House Student Film Festival — AFI's annual collaboration with the White House — she made it a class assignment for her students. A WALK, a film by one of her students, was selected as a finalist and was screened at the 2016 White House Student Film Festival on October 2 in Washington, DC.

Academy Award® nominee Duke Johnson (AFI Class of 2006), director and producer of ANOMALISA, was a special guest speaker at the Dublin Animation Film Festival.

Kendell Courtney Klein (AFI Class of 2014) won the Bronze Prize in the Historical Film category of the 2016 Page International Screenwriting Awards.

Warner Bros. has selected the first five participants in its newly launched Emerging Film Directors Workshop. The program, which has been in the works for several years, is aimed at serving as a talent incubator designed to give access and voice to new and underrepresented talent via a seven-month fellowship with the opportunity to showcase their work. Alexis O. Korycinski (AFI DWW, Class of 2014) is one of the participants. Korycinski recently directed AMERICAN HORROR STORY: MY ROANOKE NIGHTMARE: "Chapter 9," which airs on November 9.

Heidi Miami Marshall (AFI DWW, Class of 2005) was featured on Pulse for her short film MUSCLE.

Veteran scribe Jeffrey Nathanson (AFI Class of 1987) has been tapped to pen the screenplay for THE LION KING, Disney's re-imagining of the iconic animated pic that Jon Favreau (THE JUNGLE BOOK) will direct. The live-action film is being fast-tracked to production.

Thomas Quinn (AFI Class of 1987) is a story producer and writer for the Travel Channel's EXPEDITION: UNKNOWN.

Veteran television executive Russell Rothberg (AFI TVW, Class of 1999) is joining AwesomenessTV and Verizon's unnamed premium video service. Rothberg will serve as senior vice president of creative. Rothberg most recently served as executive vice president of drama development at Universal Television.

Thorsten Schumacher (AFI Class of 2001) is now Principal at Rocket Science in London. Schumacher was most recently Managing Director at HanWay Films.

TBS has picked up the pilot for NIGHTMARE TIME, a comedy-horror anthology set in Aubrey Plaza's Nightmare Clinic, where celebrity guests check in to overcome recurring nightmares. Aubrey Plaza will guest-star in the pilot. Kieran Valla (AFI Class of 2012) is the co-executive producer and writer.