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AFI Conservatory Dean to Step Down at the End of the Academic Year

The American Film Institute today announced that Jan Schuette will depart as Dean of the AFI Conservatory at the end of the academic year.  Schuette, who will have led AFI’s prestigious film school for three years, informed AFI this week that he intends to continue his work in academia and also resume his professional work…

AFI and 20th Century Fox Strike Partnership Aimed at Female Directors

Twentieth Century Fox Film and the American Film Institute have entered a new partnership to help increase the number of female directors working on major studio films. The initiative will provide alumnae of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) — the American Film Institute’s unique female filmmaker training program — the opportunity to…

Watch: Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz at AFI Conservatory 2016 Opening Day

Last week, first and second year AFI Fellows arrived on campus, and got to hear from two of their own alumni — Ed Zwick (AFI Class of 1975) and Marshall Herskovitz (AFI Class of 1975), respectively the director/writer and co-writer of JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK. Two months ahead of its October release, the film…

A Dialogue Among AFI Fellows

The AFI Conservatory convened its Fellows tonight for an open dialogue about the issues surrounding THE BIRTH OF A NATION. The conversation was led by Elvis Mitchell, one of our country’s most respected film historians and a member of the AFI faculty as well as AFI screenwriting alumna Brennan Peters. Keeping with the long-held traditions…

FRONTMAN Wins VIZIO + Dolby Vision Filmmaker Challenge

VIZIO, Inc. has announced today that AFI Conservatory Class of 2015 Cinematographer Todd Sheridan’s FRONTMAN (an AFI thesis film directed by Matthew Gentile, Class of 2015) is the winning selection in the VIZIO + Dolby Vision™ Filmmaker Challenge. FRONTMAN scored highest out of five finalists by a panel of judges. Clinching the top prize, Sheridan…

Congrats to AFI Conservatory’s Emmy-Nominated Alumni

Thursday morning’s 68th Annual Primetime Emmy® Awards announcement featured 22 AFI Conservatory alumni up for a total of 20 nominations. A record total of 50 alumni worked on 25 nominated programs — adding to a 2016 winning streak that has included 12 Television Critics Association Award nominations, three Cannes Film Festival prizes, five Academy Award®…

AFI Conservatory: Tradition and Change

At the opening of the AFI Conservatory in September 1969, founding director George Stevens, Jr., inspired the very first class of artists with remarks that ended, “Let us work to assure that we grow and change as film itself does.” Those words were echoed at Commencement on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 as 116 new storytellers…

AFI Conservatory Names 2016 Honorary Degree Recipients

AFI will confer Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa upon Rita Moreno and Quentin Tarantino. They will be recognized for their contributions to film during the AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremony on June 15, 2016, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre. One of only a handful of performers to have won all four major entertainment awards, the…

Watch: Ryan Murphy on FX’s AMERICAN CRIME STORY and the Half Foundation

During his recent visit to the AFI Conservatory as part of the Harold Lloyd Master Seminar series, television artist Ryan Murphy discussed his work as an executive producer of FX’s AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON — and as a storytelling entrepreneur. Murphy addressed AFI Fellows with a candid introduction of his new foundation Half, an all-inclusive initiative to offer…

Meet the Next Generation of Film and TV Storytellers

On Tuesday night at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, the AFI Conservatory Showcase presented the extraordinary storytelling talents of the Class of 2015, with screenings of three jury-selected thesis films, and highlights from all 27 projects created by the graduating Fellows. Filmmakers from all the projects including the three jury selections — FATA MORGANA (DIR…

AFI Conservatory Celebrates First-Ever Writers’ Room Ready

On Monday evening, the AFI Conservatory hosted a reception to celebrate promising screenwriters and to mark the first year of AFI Writers’ Room Ready. This new annual program aims to cultivate the next generation of television writers by pairing select AFI Conservatory Screenwriters from the year’s graduating class and their original television pilot scripts with…

Congrats to AFI Conservatory Alumni on Their Oscar-Winning Films

AFI is proud to highlight the AFI Conservatory alumni featured in the 88th Academy Awards®, which followed an unprecedented awards season run for AFI graduates. Producer Steve Golin (AFI Class of 1981) received the Best Picture Oscar® for SPOTLIGHT. The film’s credits also include cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi (AFI Class of 2002) with a special thanks to Pulitzer…
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