AFI Conservatory Alumni Honored by Writers Guild of America – American Film Institute

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AFI Conservatory Alumni Honored by Writers Guild of America

At the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards on Sunday, February 11, two women filmmakers from the AFI Conservatory received prizes — continuing a tradition of AFI Conservatory alumnae making impressive impact with their work. Altogether, seven AFI Conservatory graduates were nominated for WGA Awards this year.

AFI Conservatory alumna Barbara Stepansky received the Long Form Original award for her script for FLINT, the television drama starring Queen Latifah and centered on the Flint, Michigan, water crisis.

Alumna Liz Hannah received the WGA West’s Paul Selvin Award for writing THE POST. Named for the guild’s late longtime general counsel, the honor is “presented to that member whose script best embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil rights and liberties which are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere and to those whose defense Paul Selvin committed his professional life.” Earlier this year, THE POST also received a Best Picture Academy Award® nomination.

Also among the AFI Conservatory alumni nominees at the WGA Awards were:

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT
Brad Falchuk (AFI Class of 1994), Executive Producer/Writer (Creator)
Adam Penn (AFI Class of 2003), Producer/Writer
Long Form Original (Nominee)

FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
Michael Zam (AFI Class of 1985), Producer/Writer (Creator)
Long Form Original (Nominee)

GODLESS
Scott Frank (AFI Class of 1984), Executive Producer/Writer/Director
Long Form Original (Nominee)

LOGAN
Scott Frank (AFI Class of 1984), Writer
Adapted Screenplay (Nominee)

THE OA
Zal Batmanglij (AFI Class of 2006), Executive Producer/Director/Writer (Creator)
Episodic Drama (Nominee)

OZARK
Alyson Feltes (AFI Class of 1991), Co-Executive Producer/Writer
New Series (Nominee)

In other recent accomplishments among women filmmakers from AFI, AFI Conservatory alumna Patty Jenkins directed the global phenomenon WONDER WOMAN, and alumna Rachel Morrison made history as the first woman ever nominated for an Academy Award® in the Cinematography category, for MUDBOUND.

Pictured above: Barbara Stepansky

READ MORE: AFI Conservatory Alumna Rachel Morrison Is First Woman Ever Nominated for Cinematography Oscar

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