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AFI Alumni Projects at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival

The 2022 Tribeca Film Festival is right around the corner. Taking place from June 8-19, the 21st edition of the acclaimed festival – which will have both in-person and online screenings this year– will feature a diverse mix of narrative, documentary and animated films. Congratulations to all of the AFI Alumni with projects showcased at...

AFI Alumni Projects Selected for the 75th Cannes Film Festival!

The Cannes Film Festival kicks off its 75th anniversary edition this spring, showcasing new films from veteran filmmakers and emerging voices alike. The prestigious event will take place May 17-28 and resume in-person festivities for its second year in a row. The 2022 jury consists of actor Vincent Lindon as president, alongside filmmakers Rebecca Hall,...

Spotlight on Writer/Director Chloe Okuno

Upon graduating from UC Berkeley, writer/director Chloe Okuno (AFI Class of 2014) turned her attention to filmmaking, applying to the AFI Conservatory’s Directing program to help train and prepare her for the road ahead. While at AFI, she thrived, making the award-winning horror film SLUT and receiving the prestigious Franklin J. Shaffner Fellow Award. Inspired...

“Now Playing”: Projects by AFI Filmmakers Available to Watch Online in March and April 2022

Looking for a new film or TV series to watch online? Support our AFI Alumni by checking out our Now Playing section, which we update regularly each month.   New Projects for April 2022 COW - Andrea Arnold (AFI Class of 1991), Director - Where to watch: Opens theatrically and on VOD from IFC Films...

Congratulations to the AFI Alumni who are Guild Award Winners!

AFI is excited to celebrate the outstanding work of our Alumni and the incredible stories they’ve shared with audiences around the world this year. Congratulations to all of the extraordinary members of the AFI community who have been nominated by the guilds this year. We especially enjoy seeing AFI Alumni lifting one another up as...

Spotlight on Independent Spirit Award-Nominated Producer Pin-Chun Liu

Since graduating from the AFI Conservatory, Producer Pin-Chun Liu (AFI Class of 2013) has made a name for herself in the world of independent producing. In 2016, she established her own development and production company,120E Films, to bring diverse and underrepresented voices to the screen. In the past three years, Liu has produced PAPER TIGER...

AFI Alumni Headed to SXSW 2022

Congratulations to the AFI Conservatory Alumni screening at this year’s SXSW film festival! Here is the complete list of projects – from narrative films and documentaries to episodic premieres – that feature creative work from AFI Alumni: 2022 SXSW Film Festival Lineup AFI Alumni Projects Headliners BODIES BODIES BODIES – Chloe Okuno (AFI Class of...

“Now Playing”: Projects by AFI Filmmakers Available to Watch Online in January and February 2022

Looking for a new film or TV series to watch online? Support AFI alumni by checking out our Now Playing section, which we update regularly each month. Whether it’s a theatrical release now premiering on VOD or a scheduled digital launch, we want to get the word out.   New Projects for January and February...

Hollywood Guilds Honor AFI Alumni

Awards season is in full swing with the Hollywood Guilds recently announcing their nominations for the best film and TV work of the year. Often a precursor for the Academy Award® nominees announcement – set for February 8 this year, the Guild Awards signify overall excellence and are annually bestowed by the American Cinema Editors...

2022 Sundance Film Festival Reveals Award-winning AFI Projects

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival officially concluded Sunday, January 30. Despite pivoting to an online festival in light of the Omicron variant, the festival was marked by a new wave of innovative narrative and documentary storytelling, including cutting-edge debuts which tackled a variety of diverse and timely subjects such as political dissent (NAVALNY), racial bias...

“Now Playing”: Projects by AFI Filmmakers Available to Watch Online in Dec. 2021

Looking for a new film or TV series to watch online? Support AFI alumni by checking out our Now Playing section, which we update regularly each month. Whether it’s a theatrical release now premiering on VOD or a scheduled digital launch, we want to get the word out.   New Projects for December 2021  ...

AFI Spotlight Interview With Robert Elswit

Robert Elswit (AFI Class of 1977) is one of the most versatile and dynamic cinematographers working today. Cutting his teeth as a visual effects camera operator on landmark films such as THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, Elswit graduated with an MFA in Cinematography from AFI and transitioned to working as a full-time...
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