Steve Pepdjonovic – American Film Institute

Announcing the 2022 AFI Conservatory Grant Award Winners

The American Film Institute announced at the 2022 AFI Alumni Reunion the recipients of the AFI Conservatory Alumni Awards. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in directing and screenwriting at AFI, and include the Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Award, the William J. Fadiman Award and the Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award. The AFI Alumni...

Nicole Kidman to Receive 49th AFI Life Achievement Award

America’s Highest Honor for a Career in Film to Be Presented at Gala Tribute on June 10, 2023 The American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees announced today that Nicole Kidman will be the recipient of the 49th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film, celebrating her career achievements thus...
Photo of Ribbon Cutting event at AFI for the Lawrence Herbert Alumni Center:Deniese Davis, Unjoo Moon & Marshall Herskovitz, Lawrence Herbert, AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale, Alessandro Uzielli, AFI Conservatory Dean & AFI EVP Susan Ruskin.

Lawrence Herbert Alumni Center Dedication Ceremony Brings Out AFI Community

Above: Deniese Davis, Unjoo Moon & Marshall Herskovitz, Lawrence Herbert, AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale, Alessandro Uzielli, AFI Conservatory Dean & AFI EVP Susan Ruskin. On June 11, the AFI community celebrated the newly built AFI Conservatory Lawrence Herbert Alumni Center (LHAC), a dedicated space on the AFI Campus for Alumni to gather for...

AFI Cinematography Head Stephen Lighthill Re-Elected President of ASC For Third Consecutive Year

For the third consecutive year, AFI Conservatory Cinematography Discipline Head Stephen Lighthill has been re-elected president of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). This will be Lighthill's fourth term as president, having been elected in 2020 and serving his first term from 2012-2013. AFI Alumni Amy Vincent (AFI Class of 1991) was also re-elected as...

AFI Announces Recipients of Writers’ Room Ready Awards

Program Pairs Winners With Industry Mentors The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the recipients of the 2021 and 2022 Writers’ Room Ready Awards, which recognizes outstanding original television pilot scripts written by AFI Conservatory Screenwriting Fellows. The program supports the next generation of television writers by pairing graduating Fellows from the film school with...

AFI AWARDS Event Postponed To a Later Date

*Update as of January 13, 2022 - AFI announced the 2021 AFI AWARDS celebration will take place on March 11, 2022. The American Film Institute  announced that it will postpone the AFI AWARDS luncheon scheduled to take place on Friday, January 7. In response to the rising concerns over current health conditions, the organization will...

New Date Set for AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Julie Andrews

Gala Tribute To Take Place June 9, 2022 Tribute to Premiere on TNT and Encore on Turner Classic Movies The American Film Institute announced today that the 48th AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute celebrating Julie Andrews will take place June 9, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The event was originally scheduled…

Celebrating the AFI Class of 2021 and Honorary Degree Recipient Angela Bassett

On Saturday, October 9, 2021, the AFI community celebrated the commencement of the AFI Conservatory Class of 2021 with the graduates and their families and friends at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, and even more joining from all over the world via live stream. The festivities included speeches from Dean Susan Ruskin, Class of 2021...

AFI Fellows Winners in the Milch Short Film Competition

Congratulations to these incoming AFI Conservatory Fellows who were just awarded scholarships from the Dr. David M. Milch Foundation for their incredible short films. The Dr. David M. Milch Foundation provides scholarships to student filmmakers with the goal of nurturing and developing new and diverse voices. Watch the award-winning shorts below. 1st Place Mahyar Mandegar,…

AFI Names Karen Schwartzman as Senior Director of Innovative Programs

AFI has appointed Karen Schwartzman as its Senior Director, Innovative Programs for the AFI Conservatory. Building upon AFI’s foundation of both educating and celebrating great storytelling, the new Innovative Programs at the Conservatory will create a dynamic space where technologists, innovators, storytellers and social justice change makers, among others, will come together to collaborate, create…

AFI DOCS 2021: Racial Justice Films

With the power to educate, to inspire, to change hearts and minds and to call-to-action, the AFI DOCS film festival’s incredible selection of documentaries on the subject of racial justice is a celebration of protest, of speaking out against injustices and of finding joy in connecting with community and a network of changemakers. Take to…

AFI DOCS 2021: Festival Programming Intern Liwen Wang Picks

By AFI Festival Programming Intern Liwen Wang Ten weeks have gone by, hardly a dull moment! I’ve never quite imagined I’d be interning at a world-class film festival like AFI DOCS, let alone interacting with the festival’s programmers on a daily basis. Thanks to the fest team, my time here has been very informative and…
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