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AFI Alumni Siân Heder and Paula Huidobro on their Sundance Award-Winning Film CODA

Sparking a bidding war at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and selling to Apple for a record-breaking $25 million, CODA chronicles the coming of age of teenager Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones) – the only hearing individual in her working-class family. While the livelihood of her fishermen parents (Oscar® winner Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur) and…

Q&A with AFI Production Design Faculty and Alum David Moreau (THE MANDALORIAN, CAPTAIN MARVEL, WESTWORLD)

In addition to being a valued member of the AFI Production Design faculty and an AFI alum, David Moreau (AFI Class of 2006) is one of the most highly sought-after designers in Hollywood. His credits range from big-budget blockbusters, such as CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and CAPTAIN MARVEL, to high-concept TV series, including WESTWORLD,…

Congratulations to AFI Alums Screening at Sundance 2021

Sundance Film Festival announced their 2021 lineup and we’re proud of the many alumni who will be representing the AFI Conservatory!⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Here is the full list of the 17 alumni and their 11 projects that will be screening at Sundance 2021:   AT THE READY Steve Golin (AFI Class of 1981) – Executive Producer  …

Catching Up With the AFI Alumni Team Behind the New Mystery-Thriller Film THE BLOODHOUND

In THE BLOODHOUND, writer/director Patrick Picard (AFI Class of 2016) tells the intriguing tale of a young man’s visit to a wealthy and reclusive friend that soon finds him fearful and isolated from the outside world. For his feature directorial debut, Picard assembled a team full of AFI graduates, including up-and-coming producers Leal Naim and…

AFI Announces Licensing Partnership with TechRow

AFI announced today that a curated selection of AFI Conservatory thesis films from a diverse team of filmmakers will become part of TechRow’s innovative and immersive learning platform and be integrated into their curriculums for K-12 students and content library, which can be viewed at TechRow.org. Films to be licensed for 2020-2021 are: BALLOON, COUNT,…

AFI Names Syreeta Greene as Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

AFI announced today the appointment of Syreeta N. Greene, Ed.D. as its new Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Greene holds a Doctor of Education with an emphasis in education psychology and Master of Social Work with an emphasis in community organizing, planning and administration, both from the University of Southern California. Her previous roles include…

AFI Speaks With THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR Filmmakers and AFI Alumni Rick Rosenthal, Ryan Scaringe, Julian Estrada and Narineh Hacopian

This year’s AFI FEST presented by Audi featured the taut thriller THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR, showcasing the incredible work of four AFI alumni: producers Rick Rosenthal (Class of 1973) and Ryan Scaringe (Class of 2017), cinematographer Julian Estrada (Class of 2014) and line producer Narineh Hacopian (Class of 2011). The film follows Bobby (Lonnie…

AFI Announces $5 Million Gift From the Perenchio Foundation to Support Diversity

AFI announced today that it has received a $5 million gift from the Perenchio Foundation, established to fulfill the charitable wishes of Andrew Jerrold “Jerry” Perenchio, who passed away in 2017. This transformational gift will fund the Perenchio Family Endowed Scholarship to support diverse voices at the AFI Conservatory, which was recently named the #1…

Announcing The Black Production Fund, a Partnership Between AFI & AMC Networks

AFI has established the Black Production Fund in partnership with AMC Networks. The fund will provide grants for thesis productions by Black Fellows in their second year at the AFI Conservatory. The Black Production Fund, along with the recently announced Thomas P. Pollock Endowed Scholarship for promising diverse AFI Producing Fellows, is part of AFI’s…

AFI Conservatory Showcase at This Year’s AFI FEST Presented by Audi

The AFI Conservatory Showcase features new and emerging voices from the most recent graduating class of the world-renowned filmmaker training program. This collection of 15 short fictional narratives highlights the diverse and distinct perspectives of the next generation of storytellers. Variety is the Media Partner of the AFI Conservatory Showcase. Free screenings are available beginning…

Cinematographer and AFI Alum Carolina Costa on WANDER DARKLY and her Time at AFI

Award-winning cinematographer Carolina Costa has made a name for herself traveling the world shooting critically acclaimed feature films, documentaries and shorts. With an early interest in photojournalism growing up in Brazil, Costa ignited her love of cinematography studying at the University of the Arts, London, where she was mentored by Sue Gibson, the first female…

AFI FEST Presented by Audi: Directors/writers David Charbonier and Justin Powell on THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR

AFI FEST 2020 presented by Audi is going virtual – the festival runs online Oct. 15-22. THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR is available starting Oct. 17. BUY TICKET.  Twelve-year-old Bobby and his best friend Kevin have been kidnapped. Bobby is stuffed in a trunk to suffocate, and Kevin is who knows where. Proving ever-resourceful, Bobby…
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