Commemorating AFI’s Opening Scene – American Film Institute


Commemorating AFI’s Opening Scene

“We will create an American Film Institute, bringing together leading artists of the film industry, outstanding educators and young men and women who wish to pursue the 20th Century art form as their life’s work.” — President Lyndon B. Johnson

On September 29, 1965, President Johnson signed into law the promise that is the American Film Institute today. AFI was created two years later.

As we look toward our 50th anniversary in 2017, we remain grateful to our national leaders for their enduring vision and commitment to America’s art form.

Watch a short television news clip from that momentous day below.

Comments (4)

Mylo Egipciaco

Great clip of AFI’s historical beginning moment & the U.S. government’s commitment to Film Arts. Thank you for so many wonderful years…!
Fraternally, Mylo

Jennifer R McZier

Thank you for sharing this clip. I am proud to be a member of AFI!

John King, AFI Silver Advisory Council

A wonderful clip. Takes you right back to the 1960s. Great to see Pres. Johnson list the arts the federal government will encourage, and to hear that an artist, Arthur Miller, skipped the ceremony because of Vietnam policy. Way to go AFI. Here’s to the next 50 years!


Awesome!! Congratulations to everybody in AFI! I have seen the results of this decision and will probably and hopefully soon make use of one of its opportunities. Cheers to many more years and film productions.

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