Alumni Events & Announcements



The Alumni Script Reading Series gives AFI alumni the opportunity to submit a screenplay to be read with professional actors and receive constructive feedback from others in the artistic community. Please join us for the next selection of the series:

Written by Sylvia Sether (AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Class of 2009)

A troubled young woman returns to Norway to say goodbye to her dying father, and in the process, finds deliverance through love and letting go.

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time: 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Location: Ahmanson Room, Louis B. Mayer Library | AFI Campus
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Sylvia's love of music and photography led her to directing and editing music videos, which gave her the opportunity to explore different visual techniques. Ultimately, this helped her develop a distinct narrative style and visual aesthetic, which has become an obvious through-line in her work today.

In 2009, Sylvia was one of eight women to be selected for the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop For Women. Her latest short film KING OF NORWAY (KON) premiered at Palm Springs ShortFest in June 2013 and took home the award for "Best Narrative Short Film" at Napa Valley Film Festival.

KON went on to have a successful festival run, and KON's DP, VanNessa Manlunas, was one of eight honored by the International Cinematographers Guild with an Emerging Cinematography Award for her work on the film. KON is a proof of concept for her feature script NORWAY.

Recently, Sylvia was one of four fellows selected for the 2014 Sony Television Diverse Directors Program. She is currently producing a documentary called WE GOTTA GET OUT OF HERE about five youth struggling to thrive within the imploding California Foster Care system.


Darren Aronofsky (AFI Class of 1992) is the president of this month's Berlin Film Festival Jury.

Derek Asaff (AFI Class of 2014) has signed with Gotham Group Management as a result of winning the 2014 Table Read My Screenplay London Grand Prize.

Matthew Baer (AFI Class of 1986) was interviewed by Deadline and Studio System News for his producing role on UNBROKEN. Baer stuck with Lou Zamperini and his story for nearly fifteen years, and the result is an award-winning film with Angelina Jolie at its helm.

Millennium has acquired U.S. distribution rights to WELCOME TO ME, starring Kristen Wiig, Joan Cusack, James Marsden and Tim Robbins. Andres Cubillan (AFI Class of 2008) is the art director.

Many alumni were featured in December's Movie Maker Magazine. An article William Dickerson (AFI Class of 2006) wrote about his latest film DON'T LOOK BACK was featured, along with articles by Mahesh Pailoor (AFI Class of 2006) on his film BRAHMIN BULLS and Zeke Hawkins (AFI Class of 2009) on his film BAD TURN WORSE.

Kristin Donnan Standard (AFI Class of 1988) was on Anderson Cooper 360 on December 11 for the film DINOSAUR 13, which was based on her novel "Rex Appeal."

Rachel Goldberg's (AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Class of 2010) script "Transformation Awaits" is a finalist in The Write Room Competition, a competition and non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women writers.

Frank Iannella (AFI Class of 1981) has just published "Journey to Redemption: Destiny Fulfilled" – the final book in his Delphi Trilogy. The trilogy is available on Kindle, and

Scott Jacobs (AFI Class of 2007) has been promoted to editor on CBS' PERSON OF INTEREST starting this year.

Jenée LaMarque's (AFI Class of 2010) THE PRETTY ONE was nominated by the Women Film Critics Circle for Best Movie by a Woman. Other AFI alumnae who worked on the film include: Polly Morgan (AFI Class of 2010) as the cinematographer, Anne Costa (AFI Class of 2010) as the production designer and Brittany Bradford (AFI Class of 2010) as the art director.

Monika Lenczewska (AFI Class of 2008) and Sandra Valde (AFI Class of 2006) were featured in the December 2014 issue of ICG Magazine as part of its Generation Next Series. Polly Morgan (AFI Class of 2010) was also featured in "Indie Roundtable" in the same issue.

Joel Novoa (AFI Class of 2012) will direct ID2, a new feature film about football hooligans. The film will star Tamzin Outhwaite.

Thomas Quinn's (AFI Class of 1987) THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION premiered on the American Heroes Channel on December 15.

Quan Zhou (AFI Class of 2013) was selected for the Berlinale Talents (formerly Berlinale Talent Campus) of Berlin International Film Festival in February.


Wallace T. Albertson (AFI Class of 1984), Producing

Constance "Connie" Wynne (AFI Class of 1991), Directing