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AFI Spotlight Interview on Cinematographer Polly Morgan

Since graduating from the AFI Conservatory, cinematographer Polly Morgan (AFI Class of 2010) has demonstrated her visual ambition and sweeping range behind the camera. Her work spans myriad genres and formats from independent features such as THE TRUTH ABOUT EMANUEL, to the acclaimed series LEGION – for which she was nominated for an ASC Award...

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 Alumni Debuting New Work at Toronto Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival recently announced their official selections for the 47th edition which will run September 8-18, 2022. The acclaimed festival is expected to host between 200 features and 40 short films across sections including Gala Presentations, Contemporary World Cinema, Midnight Madness, Short Cuts, TIFF Docs and more. We’re excited to announce that...

AFI Alumni at the 2022 Venice Film Festival

The Venice Film Festival unveiled its lineup for the 79th edition which will take place August 31-September 10, 2022. Acclaimed filmmaker and AFI Alum Paul Schrader (AFI Class of 1969), whose career includes THE CARD COUNTER, FIRST REFORMED, RAGING BULL and TAXI DRIVER, is also set to be fêted with the Golden Lion for Lifetime...

AFI Spotlight on Emmy®-Nominated Producer Diane Becker

This month, AFI spoke with Diane Becker (AFI Class of 2006) who has made a name for herself as a creative and versatile producer in the documentary space. Her credits include SERGIO – shortlisted for the Oscar®, the docuseries FIVE CAME BACK, THE FINAL YEAR, SID & JUDY, WHIRLYBIRD and TINA – for which she...

Emmy Contenders 2022: AFI Alumni Nominations

Congratulations to all of our remarkable AFI Conservatory Alumni who have been nominated for Emmys® this year by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences this year. Final-Round voting begins on August 12 and ends on August 22. Visit Reelgood to check out where to view their work, and stay tuned for the Emmy Award®...

AFI Alumni Projects at the 2022 American Black Film Festival

The 26th annual edition of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) took place in Miami Beach from June 15-19, followed by online screenings and events from June 20-30. On the final day of programming, ABFF announced their award winners, including ANOTHER COUNTRY – which associate producer and AFI Alum Christal Henry (AFI Class of 2005)...

Spotlight Interview on Writer Wei-Ning Yu (THE DROPOUT, SEVERANCE)

This month, we spoke to screenwriter and AFI Alum Wei-Ning Yu (AFI Class of 2010) who first broke into writing for television on the neo-noir murder mystery BRIARPATCH. This year, she served as a writer on the critically acclaimed true-crime series THE DROPOUT from Liz Meriwether that charted the course of disgraced Theranos CEO and Founder...
Photo of Ribbon Cutting event at AFI for the Lawrence Herbert Alumni Center:Deniese Davis, Unjoo Moon & Marshall Herskovitz, Lawrence Herbert, AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale, Alessandro Uzielli, AFI Conservatory Dean & AFI EVP Susan Ruskin.

Lawrence Herbert Alumni Center Dedication Ceremony Brings Out AFI Community

Above: Deniese Davis, Unjoo Moon & Marshall Herskovitz, Lawrence Herbert, AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale, Alessandro Uzielli, AFI Conservatory Dean & AFI EVP Susan Ruskin. On June 11, the AFI community celebrated the newly built AFI Conservatory Lawrence Herbert Alumni Center (LHAC), a dedicated space on the AFI Campus for Alumni to gather for...

Spotlight Interview on Production Designer Argya Sadan

Originally on an architecture track in her native India, Argya Sadan pivoted to studying production design for film and television after being accepted at the AFI Conservatory. Following her graduation from AFI in 2017, Argya was selected by The Art Directors Guild for its 2017 Production Design Initiative and was a finalist for the Television...

AFI Alumni Projects That are 2022 Emmy Contenders

Projects in contention for the 2022 Emmy Awards® will be voted on from June 16-27 before the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences unveils their official nominations on July 12. AFI is excited to recognize the following AFI Alumni and their remarkable work that are a part of the awards conversation this year. Hover over the...

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...
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