This week, we are thrilled to celebrate that The Hollywood Reporter has once again named the AFI Conservatory the #1 film school in America, highlighting the success of AFI’s Alumni along with the school’s commitment to creating a more inclusive and diverse filmmaking community.
Speaking about the intense hands-on collaboration that makes the AFI film program unique, AFI Alum and writer/director Chloe Okuno (AFI Class of 2014) says in the article, “I knew immediately I wanted that tight bond with essential creative collaborators.” Okuno’s recent film WATCHER – which she made with fellow Alumni cinematographer Benjamin Nielsen and editor Michael Block (both AFI Class of 2014) – premiered at Sundance and broke records in June 2022 with biggest opening weekend grosses for IFC Films.
Other Alumni partnerships forged at AFI include Academy Award® winner Siân Heder (AFI DWW Class of 2005) and cinematographer Paula Huidobro (AFI Class of 2004), whose film CODA won this year’s Best Picture Oscar®; PALM SPRINGS director Max Barbakow and writer Andy Siara (both AFI Class of 2015); Darren Aronofsky and Mathew Libatique (both AFI Class of 2005), who started working together on a short film and went on to create films like PI, BLACK SWAN and MOTHER!; and MIDSOMMAR director Ari Aster and cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski (both AFI Class of 2010).
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