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AFI Conservatory Showcase at This Year’s AFI FEST Presented by Audi

The AFI Conservatory Showcase features new and emerging voices from the most recent graduating class of the world-renowned filmmaker training program. This collection of 15 short fictional narratives highlights the diverse and distinct perspectives of the next generation of storytellers. Variety is the Media Partner of the AFI Conservatory Showcase. Free screenings are available beginning…

AFI FEST presented by Audi: AFI Alum Zoé Wittock and Noémie Merlant on JUMBO

AFI FEST 2020 presented by Audi is going virtual this year – the festival runs online Oct. 15-22. JUMBO available starting Oct. 19. BUY TICKET. When the new amusement park “attraction,” The Move It, arrives at the local carnival where she works, Jeanne’s life is forever changed. Forbidden love is not a new theme to…

AFI FEST Presented by Audi: AFI Alum Carolina Costa on WANDER DARKLY

AFI FEST 2020 presented by Audi is going virtual – the festival runs online Oct. 15-22. WANDER DARKLY will be available starting October 19 at 12:00 p.m. PDT. BUY TICKET Award-winning cinematographer and AFI Alum Carolina Costa (AFI Class of 2013) has made a name for herself traveling the world shooting critically acclaimed feature films,…

Your Guide to AFI Alums at AFI FEST 2020 Presented by Audi

With films in World Cinema, Special Presentations, New Auteurs, Documentary and more, AFI Conservatory alumni continue to push the boundaries of storytelling and inspire us with their mastery of the art of filmmaking. Join us in celebrating the following AFI alumni screening at this year’s AFI FEST presented by Audi, and be sure to get…

AFI Announces Thomas P. Pollock Endowed Scholarship Fund

Today, AFI announced the establishment of the Thomas P. Pollock Endowed Scholarship Fund in memory of AFI Chair Emeritus Thomas Pollock. The fund, established in collaboration with Pollock’s family, is supported by leadership gifts from Mellody Hobson and George Lucas, Robert Daly and Carole Bayer Sager, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg,…

AFI Alumni Win 2020 Emmy Awards

Congratulations to this year’s Emmy®-winning AFI alumni! In a historic first, the Television Academy hosted a virtual ceremony to celebrate the best in television. The evening was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and featured a long list of special guests. We are so proud of all the AFI alumni who were honored by the Academy. Please…

WATCH: WONDER WOMAN Director and AFI Alum Patty Jenkins on Filmmaking

Patty Jenkins (AFI Class of 2000), our very own Wonder Woman, kicked off the new AFI academic year with an inspiring and insightful conversation with the Class of 2022. During the online seminar, Jenkins spoke about the tone and color of WONDER WOMAN, the importance of working on projects you love and finding your own…

AFI Alum Unjoo Moon on Directing the New Helen Reddy Biopic I AM WOMAN

Premiering in the U.S. at AFI FEST in 2019, Unjoo Moon’s I AM WOMAN depicts the life of singer and feminist icon Helen Reddy who wrote and sang the song “I Am Woman,” which became the anthem for the women’s movement in the 1970s. The film marks the narrative feature directorial debut of Moon (AFI…

AFI Named #1 Film School in America

We couldn’t be more proud of our Fellows, Faculty and Alumni! This week, The Hollywood Reporter – which has established itself as the “go to” list for the “Top 25 Film Schools in America” – released their ranking for 2020 and named AFI Conservatory as the nation’s top film school. Under the leadership of Dean…

Catching Up With AFI Alum and WATCHMEN Writer Christal Henry

When WATCHMEN premiered in 2019, the HBO series broke boundaries as the first superhero drama on TV to star a Black woman. Adapted from the trailblazing graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, the show has plumbed the depths of racism, white supremacy, police brutality and political corruption all too visible in America…

AFI and AGBO Announce 2020 Grant Recipient Marina Kato

AFI and Russo Brothers’ AGBO announced today this year’s recipient of the AGBO/AFI Conservatory Development Grant: AFI Conservatory alumna Marina Kato! “Through its grants and mentorship, AGBO leads the way in supporting and championing diverse voices, an integral step in increasing inclusivity in the industry,” said Susan Ruskin, Dean of the AFI Conservatory and EVP…

Watch: Gina Prince-Bythewood on Directing

Following the successful premiere of her new film THE OLD GUARD on Netflix, Gina Prince-Bythewood joined a Harold Lloyd Master Seminar to share her journey as a trailblazing director in the industry. Watch Prince-Bythewood talk about her breakthrough film LOVE & BASKETBALL, which was recently featured as an AFI Movie Club pick, and speak about…
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