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Siân Heder to Receive AFI’s 30th Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Apple AFI announced today that Academy Award® winner Siân Heder (AFI DWW Class of 2005), writer and director of CODA, this year’s Best Picture Oscar® winner, will receive the 2022 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, which will be presented at the upcoming AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Julie Andrews....
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AFI Somos Nosotros Latinx Scholarship Announced

We’re thrilled to announce that AFI and Somos Nosotros have partnered to establish a scholarship for Latinx Screenwriting Fellows in the AFI Conservatory program. The scholarship is part of the newly launched Somos Nosotros Fund (Spanish for “This Is Us”) created by the art advocacy group Nosotros and THIS IS US actor Jon Huertas and his...

AFI Alumni Projects Selected for the 75th Cannes Film Festival!

The Cannes Film Festival kicks off its 75th anniversary edition this spring, showcasing new films from veteran filmmakers and emerging voices alike. The prestigious event will take place May 17-28 and resume in-person festivities for its second year in a row. The 2022 jury consists of actor Vincent Lindon as president, alongside filmmakers Rebecca Hall,...

AFI Spotlight Interview: PACHINKO Writer Franklin Rho

Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, writer/director Franklin Rho (AFI Class of 2004) grew up with a passion for auteur-driven arthouse cinema which ultimately led him to the Directing Program at the AFI Conservatory. His thesis film THE MONSTER AND THE PEANUT, which played at myriad film festivals, was the recipient of a grant from the Alfred...

AFI Announces Recipients of Writers’ Room Ready Awards

Program Pairs Winners With Industry Mentors The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the recipients of the 2021 and 2022 Writers’ Room Ready Awards, which recognizes outstanding original television pilot scripts written by AFI Conservatory Screenwriting Fellows. The program supports the next generation of television writers by pairing graduating Fellows from the film school with...
AFI DWW Class of 2022

AFI DWW Showcase 2022: Launching the Next Generation of Directors

Photo: (L to R) April Maxey, April Moreau, Kelly Pike, Mary Angélica Molina, Lucretia Stinnette, Michelle Krusiec -  Credit: AFI/Rodin Eckenroth  April 1 - 30, 2022: Watch Films Here On March 30, the Class of 2022 DWW participants – Michelle Krusiec, April Maxey, Mary Angélica Molina, April Moreau, Kelly Pike and Lucretia Stinnette – shared...

Spotlight on Writer/Director Chloe Okuno

Upon graduating from UC Berkeley, writer/director Chloe Okuno (AFI Class of 2014) turned her attention to filmmaking, applying to the AFI Conservatory’s Directing program to help train and prepare her for the road ahead. While at AFI, she thrived, making the award-winning horror film SLUT and receiving the prestigious Franklin J. Shaffner Fellow Award. Inspired...

“Now Playing”: Projects by AFI Filmmakers Available to Watch Online in March and April 2022

Looking for a new film or TV series to watch online? Support our AFI Alumni by checking out our Now Playing section, which we update regularly each month.   New Projects for April 2022 COW - Andrea Arnold (AFI Class of 1991), Director - Where to watch: Opens theatrically and on VOD from IFC Films...
CODA Siân Heder Accepting Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Academy Award Wins for AFI Alumni

Photo caption: Siân Heder (AFI DWW Class of 2005) accepts the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for CODA - Credit: Blaine Ohigashi/A.M.P.A.S. Congratulations to Siân Heder (AFI DWW Class of 2005), winner of Best Adapted Screenplay for CODA, which marks her first Oscar® win – along with the film’s win for Best Picture and...

Congratulations to the AFI Alumni who are Guild Award Winners!

AFI is excited to celebrate the outstanding work of our Alumni and the incredible stories they’ve shared with audiences around the world this year. Congratulations to all of the extraordinary members of the AFI community who have been nominated by the guilds this year. We especially enjoy seeing AFI Alumni lifting one another up as...

AFI Announces 2022 Young Women in Film Intensive

AFI is thrilled to announce the launch of the third Young Women in Film (YWIF) intensive. The nine-week filmmaking workshop will be held on the AFI Campus in Los Angeles for 50 female-identifying high school students from ICEF (Inner City Education Foundation) View Park Preparatory High School, Immaculate Heart, Synergy Quantum Academy High School and...

Spotlight on Independent Spirit Award-Nominated Producer Pin-Chun Liu

Since graduating from the AFI Conservatory, Producer Pin-Chun Liu (AFI Class of 2013) has made a name for herself in the world of independent producing. In 2016, she established her own development and production company,120E Films, to bring diverse and underrepresented voices to the screen. In the past three years, Liu has produced PAPER TIGER...
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