AFI Conservatory – American Film Institute

Spotlight on the AFI Filmmakers Behind WE WERE MEANT TO

This month, we spoke to the AFI Alumni behind the short film WE WERE MEANT TO, the first AFI Thesis film to be named an official selection at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival in 12 years. A coming-of-age story set in a world where Black men have wings, the film serves as a searing allegory...

AFI Alumni Nominations at the 95th Academy Awards

AFI Alums and their projects are on the road to gold! Today, the Academy announced the nominations for the 95th Annual Academy Awards® and we are incredibly proud of the AFI Alums nominated for their amazing work this year. Congratulations to AFI Conservatory Alums Todd Field (AFI Class of 1992) for his Best Picture, Director...

AFI Announces Participants for DWW+ Class of 2024

AFI is thrilled to announce the participants selected for the AFI DWW+ Class of 2024! AFI DWW+ is a year-long directing workshop that supports women and traditionally underrepresented narrative filmmakers through the production cycle of a short film, providing hands-on instruction led by industry experts. The short films completed in the workshop will premiere at...

AFI Alumni Nominated for 2023 Hollywood Guild Awards

Each year the Hollywood Guilds recognize some of the most outstanding work in film and television production. This past year, the ACE, ADG, ASC, DGA, PGA and WGA honored many of our remarkable AFI Conservatory Alumni, acknowledging their achievements and extraordinary talent and dedication to their craft. We are excited to share the AFI filmmakers...

Celebrating the AFI Alumni Named to the 2022 Black List

This week, The 2022 Black List announced its annual list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, recognizing 74 feature-length scripts written by 80 up-and-coming screenwriters. The list was voted on by over 300 leading film executives in the industry. Congratulations to the following AFI Conservatory Alums whose screenplays were selected for recognition!   PUMPING...

AFI Alumni Projects at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival revealed its full lineup for its 2023 edition, which took place in Park City, Utah and online from January 19-29, 2023. Congratulations to the AFI award-winning films at Sundance, as well as all of our incredibly talented AFI Alumni with projects selected for this year’s festival! U.S. Dramatic Competition FAIR PLAY...

A Conversation With EMILY THE CRIMINAL Writer/Director John Patton Ford

This month, we are revisiting a Harold Lloyd Master Seminar featuring Directing Alum John Patton Ford (AFI Class of 2009) who recently visited campus to talk to AFI Conservatory Fellows about his feature directorial debut EMILY THE CRIMINAL which stars Aubrey Plaza and was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, including Best First Screenplay and...

AFI Alumni Score Nominations at the 38th Film Independent Spirit Awards

Film Independent recently revealed the film and television nominations for the 2023 Spirit Awards. Celebrating its 38th year, the Spirit Awards recognize independent voices working outside the major studio system with eligible films having a budget cap of $30 million or less. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees, including the following distinguished Alumni from...

AFI Alumni Projects Honored at the 2022 Gotham Awards

The Gotham Film & Media Institute revealed the winners of the 2022 Gotham Awards on Monday, November 28, 2022. We’re incredibly proud of the extraordinary projects recognized this year that were created by AFI Conservatory Alumni – EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE, PACHINKO and TÁR. The ceremony also lauded legendary actor, AFI Life Achievement recipient...

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...

The Green Film School Alliance Goes Global

The Green Film School Alliance, of which the AFI Conservatory is a founding member, announced today the addition of 16 new schools to its ranks, more than doubling its membership to 27 sustainability-minded schools. These committed schools, across seven U.S. states and four countries on three continents, join the effort to lessen the environmental impacts...

AFI Named Top Film School by TheWrap

This month, AFI was named as the top film school by TheWrap, adding to the Conservatory's accolades this year which also includes being ranked the #1 film school by The Hollywood Reporter. TheWrap highlighted AFI's focus on diversity and emphasis on hands-on learning and collaboration, noting that the working relationships forged at AFI continue far...
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