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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....

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

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...

Top Film Festivals Recognize AFI Alumni

AFI FEST, Telluride, Toronto, Venice – the fall festival season is upon us and festival-goers across the world are getting the first look at some of the year’s best films, which of course includes projects by AFI Alumni. With the chance to win prestigious audience awards, land record-breaking distribution deals and garner critical acclaim, screening...

The 2021 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting Honors AFI Alumni

AFI is excited to announce that AFI Conservatory Alum Haley Hope Bartels (AFI Class of 2019) was named one of the 10 Academy Nicholl Fellowship finalists this year for her script “Pumping Black.” The prestigious international screenwriting competition, held by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, identifies and champions talented new artists, with...

Spotlight Interview with AFI Cinematography 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....

AFI Alumni Projects Win 2021 Emmy Awards

The 73rd Annual Emmy® Award winners were announced on September 19, with the Creative Arts Emmy® Award winners celebrated on September 11 and 12. Congratulations to all the talented AFI Alumni who worked on these Emmy® Award-winning TV shows!   THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series - WINNER Scott Frank (AFI Class 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...

Emmy Contenders: AFI Alumni Projects Nominated

AFI is celebrating our remarkable Alumni whose innovative work has been nominated by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences this year. Hover over the projects below to see the AFI Alumni who created some of the year's best television series and movies, and visit Reelgood to check out their work. Stay tuned for the...

“Now Playing”: Projects by AFI Filmmakers Available to Watch Online in August 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 August 2021  …

Congratulations to the AFI Conservatory Alumni and Their Projects Nominated for This Year’s Emmy Awards

AFI is proud to celebrate all of the talented AFI Conservatory Alumni and their projects honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences this week. Announced by Ron Cephas Jones (THIS IS US) and Jasmine Cephas Jones (BLINDSPOTTING) who made history in 2020 as the first father-daughter duo to win Emmy® Awards in the…

“Now Playing”: Projects by AFI Filmmakers Available to Watch Online in July 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 July 2021  …
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