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Spotlight Interview on Writer Wei-Ning Yu (THE DROPOUT, SEVERANCE)

This month, we spoke to screenwriter and AFI Alum Wei-Ning Yu (AFI Class of 2010) who first broke into writing for television on the neo-noir murder mystery BRIARPATCH. This year, she served as a writer on the critically acclaimed true-crime series THE DROPOUT from Liz Meriwether that charted the course of disgraced Theranos CEO and Founder...

AFI Announces Recipients of Writers’ Room Ready Awards

Program Pairs Winners With Industry Mentors The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the recipients of the 2021 and 2022 Writers’ Room Ready Awards, which recognizes outstanding original television pilot scripts written by AFI Conservatory Screenwriting Fellows. The program supports the next generation of television writers by pairing graduating Fellows from the film school with...

The 2021 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting Honors AFI Alumni

AFI is excited to announce that AFI Conservatory Alum Haley Hope Bartels (AFI Class of 2019) was named one of the 10 Academy Nicholl Fellowship finalists this year for her script “Pumping Black.” The prestigious international screenwriting competition, held by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, identifies and champions talented new artists, with...

A.J. Devlin on his New Novel ROLLING THUNDER and What he Learned at the AFI Conservatory

Inspired by detective novelists such as Michael Connelly, Robert Crais and Carl Hiaasen, writer A.J. Devlin (AFI Class of 2004) published his first novel COBRA CLUTCH in 2018, which won the Arthur Ellis Award for best debut. Devlin combined his passion for crime fiction with his family’s love of sports – his dad is a…

Catching up with MARE OF EASTTOWN creator, writer and AFI alum Brad Ingelsby

Originally on track to pursue a Business career, Brad Ingelsby (AFI Class of 2005) landed at AFI after taking a screenwriting class and hasn’t looked back since. He broke onto the scene in 2013 with the film OUT OF THE FURNACE, directed by Scott Cooper and starring Christian Bale, which he first started writing at…

AFI Announces Winners of 2020 Writers’ Room Ready Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 Writers’ Room Ready Awards: Haley Bartels, Christina Kingsleigh Licud, Kenda Greenwood Moran and Alessandro Pederzoli! The award recognizes outstanding work by AFI Conservatory Screenwriting Fellows, and the winners will be paired with mentors, giving them an opportunity to work directly with established artists. 75% of the past winners…

AFI Alum Scott Silver Scores BAFTA and WGA Nominations for JOKER

Congratulations to AFI alum and Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter Scott Silver who received a BAFTA nomination and a WGA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing JOKER, alongside writer/director Todd Phillips. This marks his second BAFTA and WGA nominations, after he was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for THE FIGHTER in 2011. JOKER, which premiered at…

AFI Bids Farewell to STAR TREK Maverick, D.C. Fontana

Earlier this week, the AFI Conservatory lost a dedicated faculty member and Hollywood lost a trailblazing writer with the passing of D.C. Fontana. She was the first female writer for STAR TREK and wrote 11 episodes of the original series, which ran for three seasons from 1966-69. She co-wrote the pilot for STAR TREK: THE…

AFI Names Inspiring Female Screenwriter To Inaugural Kirk Douglas Fellowship

AFI has named incoming AFI Conservatory Screenwriting Fellow Taryn Procsal as recipient of the Kirk Douglas Fellowship, a full-tuition two-year scholarship awarded to an AFI Conservatory Fellow. Procsal is a single mother of three who was selected to receive the Fellowship due to her extraordinary talent and unique voice. She is entering the Conservatory this fall…
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