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The AFI Interview: AFI Alumnus Charlie McDowell on THE DISCOVERY

Director/writer Charlie McDowell (AFI Class of 2006) and writer Justin Lader (AFI Class of 2008) pair up once again for THE DISCOVERY, their followup to 2014’s THE ONE I LOVE. The film is another high-concept, relationship-based mystery, this time revolving around questions of faith and the afterlife. It stars Rooney Mara, Jason Segel, Robert Redford, Riley…

AFI FEST 2017 Announces Festival Dates and Call for Entries

AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi has officially announced its dates and call for entries. The 31st edition of the festival will take place in Hollywood, CA, from November 9–16, 2017.

Announcing the Richard Schickel Scholarship Fund

Richard Schickel (1933-2017) was one of the great men of American film. As TIME magazine film critic from 1972 to 2010, the author of 38 books on cinema and creator of numerous documentaries that celebrated iconic filmmakers, he served as a beacon for global audiences who strove to better understand the magic of the movies….

Congratulations to Oscar Winner Asghar Farhadi

At Sunday night’s Academy Awards® ceremony, Iranian director/writer Asghar Farhadi took the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® for his drama THE SALESMAN. The American Film Institute congratulates Farhadi on his second Oscar win — he won previously for A SEPARATION (2011) — as the filmmaker has served as the AFI Conservatory Artist-in-Residence for the past two…

The AFI FEST Interview: Director Mike Ott on CALIFORNIA DREAMS

Mike Ott is a four-time AFI FEST alumnus with his feature films LITTLEROCK (AFI FEST 2010), PEARBLOSSOM HWY (AFI FEST 2012) and ACTOR MARTINEZ (AFI FEST 2016), and the short film LANCASTER, CA (AFI FEST 2015). We caught up with Ott to talk about his latest feature, CALIFORNIA DREAMS, which just had its world premiere…

Paul Feig Is AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women’s Distinguished Artist

Following a recent kick-off event on campus with DWW’s 2017 Distinguished Artist, filmmaker Paul Feig (BRIDESMAIDS, GHOSTBUSTERS, SPY), the incoming AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) Class of 2018 will embark on a year of mentorship, collaboration and creation to make a short film or series — all in preparation for professional success in narrative…

Watch: Martin Scorsese on the Making of SILENCE

The one and only Martin Scorsese visited the AFI Campus recently to discuss making his spiritual epic SILENCE (an AFI AWARDS 2016 Official Selection), the master filmmaker’s decades-long labor of love that explores apostasy and crises of faith in 17th-century Japan. The film features Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as Jesuit missionaries dispatched to Japan to…

AFI Statement on Asghar Farhadi

Asghar Farhadi has served as Artist-in-Residence for the past two years at the AFI Conservatory, and his classes had a profound impact upon the 250 young men and women who attend AFI from around the world.

AFI Taps 25 Alumnae for Fox Filmmakers Lab

Following a rigorous selection process, AFI selected 25 alumnae from the AFI Conservatory and the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) to advance to the next phase of the Fox Filmmakers Lab.

Watch the AFI AWARDS 2016 Video Almanac

At the AFI AWARDS 2016 luncheon, AFI asked Amy Adams, Mel Gibson, Donald Glover, Chris Pine, Martin Scorsese, Denzel Washington and many other artists what they’d like you to remember about their movies and TV shows, and why movies and television matter now.

From the Desk of the President & CEO

And so here we stand upon a mountain — looking forward to 2017 and the 50th Anniversary of the American Film Institute. It is a moment to be marked across many moments — and a celebration to continue through 2019, when we will herald the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the AFI Conservatory. This…

Six Documentary Projects to Receive AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grants

Six documentary projects that screened at AFI DOCS 2016 in Washington, DC, have been selected to receive funding from the AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grants.