AFI Conservatory – American Film Institute

Celebrating the AFI Class of 2021 and Honorary Degree Recipient Angela Bassett

On Saturday, October 9, 2021, the AFI community celebrated the commencement of the AFI Conservatory Class of 2021 with the graduates and their families and friends at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, and even more joining from all over the world via live stream. The festivities included speeches from Dean Susan Ruskin, Class of 2021...

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...

AFI Fellow Davis Northern Named Campari Red Diaries 2021 Apprentice

Congratulations to AFI Conservatory Directing Fellow Davis Northern (AFI Class of 2022) who was named an apprentice for Campari’s Red Diaries 2021 project: FELLINI FORWARD – the first short film created with Artificial Intelligence. In collaboration with Federico Fellini’s family and former colleagues, FELLINI FORWARD is a pioneering project exploring the late filmmaker’s creative genius...

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...

Celebrating the AFI Class of 2020 and Honorary Degree Recipient Lily Tomlin

On Saturday, August 21, 2021, the AFI community celebrated the commencement of the AFI Conservatory Class of 2020 with the graduates and their families and friends – some near and some far. With the ceremony streaming live from the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, many watched in places as far as Italy, India, Brazil and Kyrgyzstan....

Lily Tomlin and Angela Bassett to Receive Honorary Degrees at AFI Conservatory Commencements

AFI is proud to announce it will confer Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa upon Emmy® and Tony Award® winner Lily Tomlin and Academy Award®- and Emmy®-nominated actress Angela Bassett. Tomlin will be recognized for her contributions to the art of the moving image during the AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremony celebrating the Class of…

AFI Among Top Film Schools Launching The Green Film School Alliance

AFI is proud to celebrate today’s launch of the The Green Film School Alliance (GFSA). The AFI Conservatory is among the eleven founding film schools from across the nation that are uniting to integrate industry-level sustainable production practices into their programs and committing to bringing common language, standards and tools to their educational institutions. GFSA…

Catching Up with Editor and AFI Alum Varun Viswanath

Editor and AFI alum Varun Viswanath (AFI Class of 2012), ACE, has steadily built an enviable list of credits since graduating from the AFI Conservatory. His editing work includes the coming-of-age black comedy I AM NOT OK WITH THIS, the supernatural comedy series WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS – for which he was nominated…
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