2020 – Page 35 – American Film Institute

Your Guide to Romantic Films

In honor of AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 PASSIONS: The 100 Greatest Love Stories Of All Time, this month the AFI Catalog‘s team of film researchers compiled a shortlist of the best films exploring the complexities of love. AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957) Nominated for four Academy Awards®, this oft-referenced film stars Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr…

AFI Announces Screen Australia Onbass 2020 Fellow

AFI announced today that Eleanora Steiner, an Australian-Peruvian production designer, will be this year’s recipient of the Screen Australia Onbass Fellowship, a full-tuition scholarship to attend the AFI Conservatory. Last year’s recipient Meg White is currently a Cinematography Fellow at the Conservatory. Steiner was introduced today as this year’s Screen Australia Onbass Fellow at the…

AFI Directing Alum Zoé Wittock on her Sundance Feature JUMBO

AFI Alum Zoé Wittock (Directing, Class of 2010) is set to debut her feature film JUMBO at Sundance 2020. The film follows a shy young woman who develops an intense relationship with the amusement park ride. Wittock joins over 25 other AFI Alumni with projects at Sundance 2020. Watch Wittock discuss the inspiration for her…

AFI Alumni Projects to Screen at SXSW 2020

SXSW Film Festival announced their 2020 lineup and we’re proud of the many alumni who will be representing the AFI Conservatory and keeping it weird in Austin this March. Here is the full list of the alumni and their projects that will be screening at SXSW 2020:   BE WATER Cinematographer: Caleb Heller (AFI Class…

AFI Directing Workshop for Women Announces New Class of 2021

Congratulations to the eight new participants selected for the AFI Directing Workshop for Women Class of 2021: Michelle Krusiec, April Maxey, Mary Angélica Molina, April Moreau, Kelly Pike, Jessica Shields, Lucretia Stinnette and Em Weinstein. “We are thrilled to welcome these eight artists into the AFI family and can’t wait to see their unique stories…

Did You Know? The first X-rated film to be nominated for an Academy Award was…

Fifty years ago this year, MIDNIGHT COWBOY was the first X-rated film to be nominated for and win an Academy Award. It won an Oscar for Best Picture, Directing and Writing at the 42 Academy Awards on April 7, 1970. Despite the X-rating, which prevented a wide release, it became one of the top-grossing films…

AFI Alums earn Oscar Noms

On January 13, 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards®.  Congratulations to the following AFI Conservatory alumni for their Oscar nominations: Scott Silver (AFI Class of 1992) Best Adapted Screenplay – JOKER Robert Richardson (AFI Class of 1979) Best Cinematography – ONCE UPON A TIME…IN…

AFI Alum Scott Silver Scores BAFTA and WGA Nominations for JOKER

Congratulations to AFI alum and Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter Scott Silver who received a BAFTA nomination and a WGA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing JOKER, alongside writer/director Todd Phillips. This marks his second BAFTA and WGA nominations, after he was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for THE FIGHTER in 2011. JOKER, which premiered at…

Star-Studded AFI AWARDS Kicks Off Awards Season

AFI celebrated the 2019 AFI AWARDS honorees on January 3rd which included Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Laura Dern, Ava DuVernay, Clint Eastwood, Greta Gerwig, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Martin Scorsese and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Check out the exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures of some of this year’s most talked-about filmmakers and stars. Watch highlights from AFI’s exclusive…
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