Fellows work on their thesis films in addition to attending classes, special seminars and screenings, and participating in internships. Every AFI Conservatory Fellow is given an opportunity to write and submit a script for thesis consideration. Twenty-eight of the submitted scripts are selected, and teams form around the scripts. AFI Conservatory thesis films have received many accolades, including recognition at film festivals around the world and honors such as the Student Academy Awards®.

Directing and Producing Fellows are offered development classes in which they can write a feature-length screenplay. Screenwriters are required to complete two feature-length screenplays or one screenplay and a TV pilot.


The AFI Conservatory coordinates internships in the entertainment community for Fellows to help them garner valuable experience and professional relationships. Second year Producing Fellows do an internship at the American Film Market as part of their curriculum.

First year Fellows receive a second year Fellow as a mentor, in addition to a faculty mentor. First year production coordinators on staff guide Fellows through their Cycle projects, while the second year Production coordinators help Fellows with their thesis films. Upon graduation, Fellows are paired with an alumni mentor.


The AFI Career Services office is offered to all Fellows, upon graduation, for 18 months. Barry Sabath, former Hollywood studio executive and senior faculty member at the AFI Conservatory, connects our impressive graduating Fellows with career opportunities offered by the Hollywood community and provides career advice.