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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 Announces Partnership with Telluride Film Festival

We're thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Telluride Film Festival and its FilmLAB program. As part of the educational experience, a cohort of AFI Conservatory Fellows will attend the four-day festival in Telluride, CO, beginning with this year’s 49th edition which will include over three dozen filmmakers presenting their newest works, special Guest...

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...

Michelle Yeoh and Lawrence Herbert Receive Honorary Degrees at AFI Class of 2022 Commencement

Today, AFI conferred a Doctorate of Fine Arts degree honoris causa for contributions of distinction to the art of the moving image upon Michelle Yeoh, who is the first Asian artist to receive the AFI honor; and a Doctorate of Communication Arts degree honoris causa upon AFI Trustee Emeritus Lawrence Herbert for his commitment to...

AFI DWW+ Class of 2023-2024 Applications Now Open

AFI is thrilled to announce a call for applicants for the next cohort of DWW+ participants. The application portal is now open and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. PT, Sunday September 25, 2022. Full details about the program, application eligibility and submission requirements are available on afi.com/dww. DWW+ is a year-long directing workshop that...
AFI Announces 2022 Honorary Degrees Michelle Yeoh and Lawrence Herbert

Michelle Yeoh and Lawrence Herbert to Receive Honorary Degrees at AFI Commencement

AFI announced today it will confer a Doctorate of Fine Arts degree honoris causa for contributions of distinction to the art of the moving image upon Michelle Yeoh, who will become the first Asian artist to receive the AFI honor; and a Doctorate of Communication Arts degree honoris causa upon AFI Trustee Emeritus Lawrence Herbert...

AFI Ranked #1 Film School

This week, we are thrilled to celebrate that The Hollywood Reporter has once again named the AFI Conservatory the #1 film school in America, highlighting the success of AFI’s Alumni along with the school’s commitment to creating a more inclusive and diverse filmmaking community.  Speaking about the intense hands-on collaboration that makes the AFI film...

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®...
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AFI Cinematography Intensive for Women Announces 2022 Participants

AFI is thrilled to announce the participants for the 2022 Cinematography Intensive for Women (CIW) presented by Panavision. The four-day intensive, spearheaded by AFI Conservatory Cinematography Discipline Head Stephen Lighthill, ASC, will begin Friday, July 15 on the AFI Campus in Los Angeles and continue through Monday, July 18. This year’s talented CIW participants come...
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