AFI Conservatory – American Film Institute

NOW PLAYING: AFI Alumni Projects Online

Looking for a new film or TV series to watch online? Whether it’s a long-awaited digital premiere or a first-run theatrical release headed to VOD early, be sure to check out the following AFI alumni projects that are available to stream online. New Projects for July 2020 THE CHI Dinara Aprymova (AFI Class of 2016),…

AFI Member Spotlight: Melinda Sue Gordon

“My job on a film set is to tell a story in a single image. It’s a moment from the script, a character study or perhaps the choreography of the cast and crew outside the frame lines. The motion picture can be viewed over and over but what happens behind the lens will be caught…

AFI Sloan Seminar: CONTAGION Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns and Epidemiologist Dr. Ian Lipkin

In June 2020, the Conservatory hosted an AFI Sloan Seminar for AFI Fellows with CONTAGION screenwriter Scott Z. Burns and CONTAGION science advisor Dr. Ian Lipkin – a renowned epidemiologist who has been called a “master virus hunter” for his speed and innovative methods of identifying new viruses. Doron Weber, Vice President and Program Director…

Watch the AFI Conservatory Directing Showcase 2020

The AFI Conservatory Directing Showcase 2020 presents the work of our diverse, award-winning Directing Fellows. During an intensive two years at the AFI Conservatory, Directing Fellows make between five and 10 short films. They hone their directing craft and cultivate their unique points of view, while developing exciting long-form projects that will become first features,…

Watch the AFI Conservatory Visual Essays Showcase

The AFI Conservatory Visual Essays Showcase celebrates three-minute shorts from the 2020 Cinematography graduates, all shot on motion picture film. The 35mm Visual Essay challenges Fellows to create a narrative through images and without dialogue. The productions feature the participation of Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting fellows, with Cinematography Fellows serving as lead…

Watch: Alejandro González Iñárritu on Filmmaking

Academy Award®-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu joined a virtual conversation to speak to AFI Fellows about his lauded career from the challenges he faced in financing BIRDMAN to the demanding rigors of filming THE REVENANT. In these exclusive videos, Iñárritu speaks on a range wide of topics, including his time as DJ. Iñárritu talks to…

AFI Alumni Win Peabody Awards

Congratulations to the AFI alumni whose projects won Peabody Awards – Miguel Arteta, Diane Becker, Michael Dinner, Susannah Grant, Anna Hauger and Christal Henry. Their projects were among 30 programs deemed the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and digital media during 2019. Additionally, this week, DWW alumna Cicely Tyson (DWW Class of…

AFI Conservatory Films to be Featured on ShortsTV

AFI films will join the world’s largest catalog of short form video entertainment and soon be available in over 100 million households across all ShortsTV channels, including ShortsTV India and TVCortos in Latin America. The newly signed deal grants ShortsTV the rights to 100 short films from the AFI Conservatory, including the Academy Award®-winning MY…

Cinematographer Daniella Nowitz on Her Time at AFI and Filming the Award-Winning ASIA

While the feature film ASIA was not able to have its World Premiere at Tribeca as originally planned, it earned rave reviews with Variety praising cinematographer Daniella Nowitz (AFI Class of 2014) for her camerawork which made the film “quietly moving, bringing dignity and compassionate humanism.” Tribeca took notice as well, awarding Nowitz Best Cinematography…

AFI Alumni Win College TV Awards

At 40th College Television Awards, AFI projects took home two competitive awards, as well as the Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship and the Seymour Bricker Humanitarian Award. Congratulations to all the AFI Alumni who were honored at the 40th College TV Awards!   Best Drama Series BALLOON Christina Cha, Jeremy Merrifield and Dave Testa…

Watch: Aaron Sorkin and Molly Bloom on MOLLY’S GAME

AFI recently welcomed Aaron Sorkin and author Molly Bloom to discuss working together on MOLLY’S GAME. The film was written and directed by Sorkin and was based on Bloom’s memoir about running an underground poker game. Jessica Chastain played the eponymous hero, and the film received an Academy Award® nomination for Sorkin’s adaptation. In the…

Watch: Kathleen Kennedy on Producing

AFI Board of Trustees Chair Kathleen Kennedy recently joined AFI Fellows for an online Harold Lloyd Master Seminar to speak about what she’s learned over the course of her career as one of the most well-respected and sought-after producers in the business. Kennedy is currently the president of Lucasfilm and co-founder of Amblin. She started…
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