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.
AFI CONSERVATORY INTERNSHIPS
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.
CAREER SERVICES OFFICE
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.