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Catching Up With Alumni Sara Nassim and Eli Arenson on Their Cannes Film LAMB

This month we are catching up with filmmakers Sara Nassim and Eli Arenson (both AFI Class of 2015) about their film LAMB which is screening at this year’s Cannes film festival. Produced by Sara with cinematography by Eli – and directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson and written by Jóhannsson and Icelandic author Sjón – the supernatural…

Congratulations to AFI Alumni Honored This Awards Season

AFI is inspired by the extraordinary achievements of our alumni and the close-knit collaborations fostered between filmmakers in the AFI community over the past year. As we look to a brighter future ahead, let’s take a moment to celebrate the dedicated and talented alumni whose projects have been honored throughout the awards season. At the…

AFI Alumni at 2021 Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival, which will take place in person in New York City June 9-20, just announced their main lineup, and we’re very excited that so many AFI Alumni will be part of the 2021 festival. Congratulations to all of the AFI Alumni screening their projects at Tribeca:   ASIA  Daniella Nowitz, Cinematographer (AFI Class…

AFI Alumni And Their Projects Take Home Golden Globes!

In last night’s virtual ceremony of the 78th Golden Globes, comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who hosted from opposite coasts, announced the official winners. Congratulations to the all the nominated projects by AFI alumni!   Nominated for Best Drama Series LOVECRAFT COUNTRY Elena Albanese (Production Design, AFI Class of 2012), Art Director Mari Lappalainen…

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. Photo by Caroline Fauvet. 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…

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 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…

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…

Watch: PALM SPRINGS Filmmakers Discuss the Film

PALM SPRINGS is one of the biggest hits of the summer, even breaking Hulu’s opening weekend streaming record. Recently, the filmmakers, led by director Max Barbakow and writer Andy Siara (both AFI Class of 2015) and AFI faculty Matthew Friedman, participated in an online seminar to share their knowledge and experiences with AFI Fellows. Watch videos from the session whose…

Julie Dash on DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST and her Trailblazing Career

Julie Dash (AFI Class of 1974) is one of the most well-respected and inventive visual storytellers of her generation. After attending AFI in the mid-‘70s, she received her MFA in Film and Television Production from UCLA. She made an auspicious start with bold short films – ILLUSIONS and DIARY OF AN AFRICAN NUN – and…

AFI Movie Club: MUDBOUND

MUDBOUND is directed by Dee Rees and features cinematography by Rachel Morrison, a graduate of the AFI Conservatory. The film made history at the Oscars® – Morrison became the first women nominated for Best Cinematography and Rees was the first black woman nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. In this exclusive AFI Archive video, MUDBOUND cinematographer…
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