AFI Conservatory – American Film Institute

AFI Names Karen Schwartzman as Senior Director of Innovative Programs

AFI has appointed Karen Schwartzman as its Senior Director, Innovative Programs for the AFI Conservatory. Building upon AFI’s foundation of both educating and celebrating great storytelling, the new Innovative Programs at the Conservatory will create a dynamic space where technologists, innovators, storytellers and social justice change makers, among others, will come together to collaborate, create…

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…

AFI and AGBO Announce Christina Kelly Holmes as the 2021 Development Grant Recipient

Congratulations to this year’s recipient of the AGBO/AFI Conservatory Development Grant, Christina Kelly Holmes (Screenwriting, AFI Class of 2020). Now in its third year, the program awards $25,000 to a recent AFI Conservatory film school graduate to develop at least one project with a year-long mentorship from AGBO. Christina Kelly Holmes will receive the grant…

Catching Up With Alumni Sara Nassim and Eli Arenson on Their Cannes Film LAMB

This month we are catching up with filmmakers Sara Nassim and Eli Arenson (both AFI Class of 2015) about their film LAMB which is screening at this year’s Cannes film festival. Produced by Sara with cinematography by Eli – and directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson and written by Jóhannsson and Icelandic author Sjón – the supernatural…

“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  …

AFI Movie Club: AMERICAN HONEY

A road movie following transient teenagers selling magazine subscriptions across the Midwest, AMERICAN HONEY is written and directed by AFI Conservatory alumna Andrea Arnold.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream AMERICAN HONEY AMERICAN HONEY - Reelgood GET THE LATEST FROM AFI MOVIE CLUB AFI Movie Club is a global, virtual gathering of film fans who...

Catching up with WALK WITH ME Filmmaker Heidi Levitt

Throughout her career, AFI Faculty and alum Heidi Levitt (AFI Class of 1987) has focused on the perfect elements to tell a story – collaborating as a Casting Director with filmmakers as varied as Haifaa Al-Mansour, Rodrigo García (AFI Class of 1986), Sally Potter, Oliver Stone and Wayne Wang. Her latest project – a feature…

A.J. Devlin on his New Novel ROLLING THUNDER and What he Learned at the AFI Conservatory

Inspired by detective novelists such as Michael Connelly, Robert Crais and Carl Hiaasen, writer A.J. Devlin (AFI Class of 2004) published his first novel COBRA CLUTCH in 2018, which won the Arthur Ellis Award for best debut. Devlin combined his passion for crime fiction with his family’s love of sports – his dad is a…

AFI Alum Deniese Davis Discusses Producing and the Inaugural AFI Alumni Council

After graduating from the AFI Conservatory, Deniese Davis (AFI Class of 2012) launched her career producing music videos, short films and digital content, including Issa Rae’s award-winning web series THE MIS-ADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL. In 2014, she teamed up with Rae to form ColorCreative, a management company which provides access and opportunities for diverse…

“Now Playing”: Projects by AFI Alumni Available to Watch Online in June 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 June 2021 BLINDSPOTTING…

AFI Cinematography Head Stephen Lighthill Re-Elected President of American Society of Cinematographers

AFI leadership continues to be prominent at the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). AFI Conservatory Cinematography Discipline Head Stephen Lighthill has just been re-elected president of the ASC. This will be Lighthill’s third term as president, having been elected in 2020 and serving his first term from 2012-2013. AFI Alumni Amy Vincent (AFI Class of…

Catching up with MARE OF EASTTOWN creator, writer and AFI alum Brad Ingelsby

Originally on track to pursue a Business career, Brad Ingelsby (AFI Class of 2005) landed at AFI after taking a screenwriting class and hasn’t looked back since. He broke onto the scene in 2013 with the film OUT OF THE FURNACE, directed by Scott Cooper and starring Christian Bale, which he first started writing at…
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