2017 – American Film Institute

Four AFI Conservatory Alumni Receive Grants for Thesis Work

As the season comes to a close, AFI recognizes all of the AFI Conservatory alumni who participated in or had films at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi — including these four Class of 2016 recipients of the following awards, as presented by Dean Richard Gladstein at the festival’s alumni reception. The Franklin J. Schaffner…

Congratulations to AFI Conservatory Alumni Golden Globe Nominees

Multiple alumni of the AFI Conservatory received Golden Globe nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Monday morning.

Storytelling Bootcamp Launched as Part of AFI FEST 2017 Youth and Family Program

On the occasion of its 50th Anniversary in 2017, AFI is broadening the spectrum of those served by its educational programs.  As part of the Youth & Family Program at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi, AFI successfully launched an expanded K-12 education initiative to foster filmmaking talent among the youth of Los Angeles: the…

Here Are the AFI AWARDS 2017 Official Selections

Each year, AFI recognizes the year’s most culturally and artistically significant films and television programs with AFI AWARDS. An almanac documenting works of excellence that defined the storytelling landscape of the past year, AFI AWARDS is the only national honor for the entertainment community’s creative teams as a whole —  recognizing the collaborative nature of the…

Bryan Cranston Talks the Art of Storytelling With Vince Gilligan

On December 4, AFI gathered members of the Premiere Circle — AFI’s patron-level member group — and other major supporters for an intimate conversation on the art of storytelling.

AFI Conservatory Fellows Join James L. Brooks in THE SIMPSONS Writers’ Room

On November 16th, AFI Conservatory Artistic Director James L. Brooks hosted the entire class of current second-year Screenwriting Fellows, and their Discipline Head Anna Thomas, for a unique opportunity on the Fox lot.

Nancy Malone Estate Donates $500,000 to Advance Women Filmmakers at the American Film Institute

AFI has announced a donation of $500,000 from the estate of director, producer, actor and philanthropist Nancy Malone to advocate for the advancement and employment of women from the AFI Conservatory and the AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW).  As an alumna of DWW, Malone’s generosity will fund the newly created Nancy Malone Initiatives for Women…

AFI DOCS and NBCUniversal Announce 2017 Impact Lab Grant Recipients

Four documentary projects screened at the AFI DOCS 2017 film festival, with presenting sponsor AT&T, will receive funding from the AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grants. Now in its third year, this grant program supports outreach and social action campaigns for projects that participated in the AFI DOCS Impact Lab, a two-day filmmaker workshop produced by The…

AFI FEST 2017 Announces Award Winners

AFI today announced the films that received the Audience and Jury awards at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi.


AFI has announced that Academy Award® and Emmy®-winning writer/director Aaron Sorkin will be honored by AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi with a Tribute and Premiere Closing Night Gala screening of STXfilms and The Mark Gordon Company’s MOLLY’S GAME on Thursday, November 16, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre. 

AFI FEST: Dan Gilroy’s ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. Added as Special Screening

AFI today announced that the final version of ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. has been added to the festival’s lineup and will screen in the Special Screenings section on Wednesday, November 15, at the TCL Chinese Theatre. The new film from director/writer Dan Gilroy, nominated for the Academy Award® for his screenplay for NIGHTCRAWLER, stars Academy…

AFI FEST 2017 Filmmakers Pick Their Favorite Robert Altman Films

In honor of AFI FEST’s inaugural retrospective, this year centering on American auteur Robert Altman, we asked FEST filmmakers to name their favorite Altman film, or the Altman film that has been the most influential to them. Three films emerged as the clear favorites: 3 WOMEN, NASHVILLE and SHORT CUTS. These titles — plus nine…