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Five AFI Conservatory Grads Win Awards For Their Thesis Work From AFI’s Community of Supporters

Today — opening day at the AFI Conservatory for second year Fellows —  AFI awarded grants to five AFI Conservatory graduates from the class of 2014 for excellence in their thesis work. The recognition and awards further propel these artists into their careers as some of the nation’s promising storytellers. Director/producer Rick Rosenthal (AFI Class of…

AFI FEST 2015 Video Recap

Look back at another successful AFI FEST presented by Audi with interview clips we captured on the red carpet and post-screening panel discussions throughout the festival’s lineup of world premieres, Galas and Special Screenings. BY THE SEA Angelina Jolie Pitt (UNBROKEN, 2014) unveiled BY THE SEA on Opening Night, and revealed on the red carpet why AFI…

Harold Lloyd Classic SAFETY LAST! with Live DJ Re-Score for AFI FEST

Among the many highlights of AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi is the Youth and Family Programming section, which brings unique films and events to audiences of all ages and extends AFI’s educational mission to build passion for the art form by cultivating young movie fans and future film artists. This weekend’s Youth and Family presentation of Harold Lloyd’s 1923…

AFI Conservatory Films Nominated For 2015 Student Academy Awards

The AFI Conservatory swept the 2015 Student Academy Awards with the most nominations of any film school in all of this year’s categories, dominating the Narrative category with the four of the seven nominees: DAY ONE directed by Henry Hughes (AFI Class of 2014) The short film’s credits include AFI Class of 2014 alumni: director/writer Henry…

Russell Crowe Remembers Late Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie

Earlier this week, Russell Crowe stopped by AFI for a special showing of his feature film directorial debut, THE WATER DIVINER, which was followed by a special post-screening talk with the Oscar-winner and AFI Conservatory Fellows – all part of the Conservatory’s Harold Lloyd Masters Seminar series. One of the things Crowe touched upon during…

AFI Conservatory Films Win at 68th Cannes Film Festival

At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, we’re proud to report that the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) alumna Pippa Bianco (AFI DWW, Class of 2014) was awarded First Prize by the Cinéfondation Jury for her AFI short film SHARE at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. SHARE, a film produced by the AFI Conservatory Directing…

AFI Statement on the Tragic Event in Louisiana

Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of the American Film Institute, issued the following statement in response to the tragic event in Lafayette, Louisiana. “Going to a summer movie is a celebration of the American creative spirit and one of our nation’s most beloved pastimes. Let us stand together in these times of tragedy and embrace…

The AFI DOCS Interview: THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER’s Chad Gracia

In the AFI DOCS film THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER, a young, eccentric Ukrainian artist named Fedor Alexandrovich — just four years old when the Chernobyl disaster struck — seeks to learn more about what happened at the nuclear plant. Fedor becomes fascinated with the Duga — a massive, Soviet-constructed radio antenna near the Chernobyl site that remains…

The AFI Interview: Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen

By now you’ve heard all about THE INTERVIEW, which stars James Franco and Seth Rogen as a pair of bumbling journalists who unexpectedly land an interview (hence the title) with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Last month, the film was all over the news and cinema chains began pulling the film from their theaters ahead of its Christmas Day release….

The AFI DOCS Interview: FRESH DRESSED’s Sacha Jenkins

In the AFI DOCS film FRESH DRESSED, filmmaker Sacha Jenkins offers a fun and colorful history lesson in hip-hop fashion through the decades. The fashion trends which were initially born out of a mix of ingenuity, creativity and swagger soon found their way onto high-fashion runways and into suburban closets in middle America. The film…

Jill Soloway Will Give Keynote At AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop For Women Showcase

The 2014 participants of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) have completed their films and are ready to show off their powerful work next month at the program’s annual showcase — and TRANSPARENT creator Jill Soloway will be there to help celebrate. The DWW invitation-only showcase will take place at the Directors Guild of America in Los…

Omar Sharif Talks About His Career at AFI FEST Tribute

Earlier this month, the world lost Omar Sharif, a one-of-a-kind actor who starred in such cinema classics as DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, FUNNY GIRL and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. The Egyptian-born Sharif’s career was one that spanned not only decadaes but also continents. In 2003, AFI honored Sharif with a special Tribute at AFI FEST presented by Audi where the masterful actor…
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