AFI Named #1 Film School in America – American Film Institute

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AFI Named #1 Film School in America

We couldn’t be more proud of our Fellows, Faculty and Alumni! This week, The Hollywood Reporter – which has established itself as the “go to” list for the “Top 25 Film Schools in America” – released their ranking for 2020 and named AFI Conservatory as the nation’s top film school.

Under the leadership of Dean Susan Ruskin, AFI has had a major year of awards and endowments. AFI kicked off last year’s academic year by hosting the Conservatory’s 50th Anniversary at its original home, Greystone Mansion, and then went on to a historic sweep of all three narrative medals (Gold, Silver and Bronze) at the Student Academy Awards®. Fellows also won three of the four categories AFI was eligible for at the DGA Student Awards and showcased their thesis films at AFI FEST, giving them the chance to see their work for the first time in the company of some of the best films from around the world.

Once Fellows leave the halls of the Conservatory, they continue to shape the face of the industry with Emmy® nominations and critically acclaimed works. This year, Dime Davis (AFI DWW Class of 2015) set a record as the first Black woman to receive an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program for A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW; alums Max Barbakow and Andy Siara (AFI Class of 2015) sold their Sundance feature PALM SPRINGS to Neon/Hulu for a record-setting sum in Park City; cinematographer Frederick Elmes (AFI Class of 1972) received the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award; and the list goes on.

And AFI Alumni will have the opportunity to do even greater things with a recent $3 Million Gift From AFI Trustee Emeritus Lawrence Herbert to establish the Lawrence Herbert Alumni Center on the AFI Campus, as well as a digital portal, AFI Backlot, to magnify the center’s global reach to AFI alumni. In a recent interview about his gift to AFI, Herbert spoke about his love for movies and the importance of supporting storytelling and the art of moving images, “The important thing is to remember that making films is not just for entertainment – it’s also for documenting our lives.”

Congratulations again to our Fellows, Faculty and Alumni on this wonderful recognition.

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