AFI Conservatory Continues Winning Streak With Alum Duke Johnson’s Grand Jury Prize Win at Venice Film Festival – American Film Institute

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AFI Conservatory Continues Winning Streak With Alum Duke Johnson’s Grand Jury Prize Win at Venice Film Festival

AFI Conservatory alumnus Duke Johnson’s (AFI Class of 2006) ANOMALISA won the Grand Jury Prize at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival this weekend.

ANOMALISA was directed/produced by Johnson and Charlie Kaufman (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND). Shot by Cinematographer Joe Passarelli (AFI Class of 2006), the film included several other AFI alumni: Jean-Paul Bonneau (AFI Class of 2012), Ezequiel Casares (AFI Class of 2012), Robert Kraetsch (AFI Class of 2006), Edward Salerno Jr. (AFI Class of 2013) and Lee Young (AFI Class of 2012). The number of alumni on this film is another example of how graduates of AFI frequently collaborate in the workforce.

In total, 18 AFI Conservatory alumni had eight films screen at this year’s festival.

In August, AFI made history by sweeping the Narrative category of the 2015 Student Academy Awards competition and winning all three medals. Also this year, an alumna from the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women won the 2015 Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation First Prize and an AFI Conservatory alumnus won the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Honorable Mention. AFI’s ongoing winning streak also includes five wins at the 36th College Television Awards; two wins at the 2014 DGA Student Film Awards and the 2015 BAFTA U.S. Student Film Award.

Proud supporter of the AFI Conservatory is American Airlines, the official airline of AFI and VIZIO, the official home theater sponsor of AFI.

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