Uncategorized – American Film Institute

Nicole Kidman to Receive 49th AFI Life Achievement Award

America’s Highest Honor for a Career in Film to Be Presented at Gala Tribute on June 10, 2023 The American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees announced today that Nicole Kidman will be the recipient of the 49th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film, celebrating her career achievements thus...

AFI Alumni Liz Hannah, Andy Siara and Byron Wu Visit on Opening Day

On August 22, AFI Executive Vice President and Dean Susan Ruskin and her renowned Faculty and Staff welcomed the Second Year cohort of AFI Fellows, as well as 150 First Year Fellows, who are embarking on their two-year MFA filmmaker training program. In honor of the AFI Conservatory opening its doors for the 2022-2023 school...

AFI Cinematography Head Stephen Lighthill Re-Elected President of ASC For Third Consecutive Year

For the third consecutive year, AFI Conservatory Cinematography Discipline Head Stephen Lighthill has been re-elected president of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). This will be Lighthill's fourth term as president, having been elected in 2020 and serving his first term from 2012-2013. AFI Alumni Amy Vincent (AFI Class of 1991) was also re-elected as...
Photo of Bill Dill, ASC, AFI Conservatory Dean’s Chair of Visual Storytelling.

Bill Dill Named AFI Conservatory’s First-Ever Dean’s Chair of Visual Storytelling

This week, the AFI Conservatory named Bill Dill, ASC, the first-ever Dean’s Chair of Visual Storytelling. Dill has taught at the AFI Conservatory for over 20 years. During his tenure, he has served as Senior Lecturer and head of the AFI Conservatory Cinematography department. In his new role as the Dean’s Chair of Visual Storytelling,...

2022 Academy Award Nominees in Conversation with AFI

In honor of the 94th Academy Awards, AFI is thrilled to share exclusive conversations with the nominees and filmmakers behind the nominated films. From conversations at AFI FEST in the historic Chinese Theatre and AFI DOCS to intimate discussions with Fellows at the AFI Conservatory, go behind the scenes of the creative process with artists...

AFI Names Sandra Chen Lau as Chief Advancement Officer

AFI is thrilled to announce Sandra Chen Lau as the new Chief Advancement Officer. Chen Lau brings over 20 years of experience in arts, culture and education and a track record of leading successful fundraising programs, most recently as the Chief Development Officer at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. She will serve...

AFI AWARDS Event Postponed To a Later Date

*Update as of January 13, 2022 - AFI announced the 2021 AFI AWARDS celebration will take place on March 11, 2022. The American Film Institute  announced that it will postpone the AFI AWARDS luncheon scheduled to take place on Friday, January 7. In response to the rising concerns over current health conditions, the organization will...

Spotlight Interview with AFI Faculty and Alum Michael Pessah

Michael Pessah (AFI Class of 2004) is not only an innovative and talented cinematographer in his own right, but also a proud AFI alum and current member of the Cinematography Faculty at AFI. He attended Hampshire College where he was a Kodak Cinematography Scholarship award finalist, and then earned an M.F.A. in cinematography at AFI....

Spotlight Interview on Editor Affonso Gonçalves

AFI Alum Affonso Gonçalves (AFI Class of 1993), ACE, has made a name for himself as one of the most acclaimed, sought-after editors in Hollywood. After graduating from AFI, Gonçalves moved to New York and got his start as an assistant editor on Todd Solondz's WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE. His filmography includes prolific collaborations with...
Citizen Kane Film Sill - Orson Welles

AFI Movie Club Rewind: CITIZEN KANE

As CITIZEN KANE celebrates its 80th anniversary, AFI is partnering with Fathom Events, TCM and WB to bring this all-time classic back to theaters for the first time in decades. LEARN MORE   CITIZEN KANE is ranked #1 on both AFI’s original and 10th anniversary lists of the greatest American movies ever made. The pivotal opening line of...

Catching up with Director and AFI Alum San-San Onglatco

Born in California and raised in the Philippines, San-San Onglatco (AFI Class of 2020) spent over ten years as a producer before deciding to apply to the AFI Conservatory where she became the first Filipina accepted into the Conservatory’s Directing program. On the cusp of graduating from AFI, Onglatco has shown determination, resourcefulness and tenacity...

AFI Fellows Winners in the Milch Short Film Competition

Congratulations to these incoming AFI Conservatory Fellows who were just awarded scholarships from the Dr. David M. Milch Foundation for their incredible short films. The Dr. David M. Milch Foundation provides scholarships to student filmmakers with the goal of nurturing and developing new and diverse voices. Watch the award-winning shorts below. 1st Place Mahyar Mandegar,…
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