AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL – American Film Institute

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AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 19, 2022, Los Angeles, CA – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today a new partnership with the Telluride Film Festival and its FilmLAB program. As part of the educational experience, a cohort of AFI Conservatory Fellows will attend the four-day festival in Telluride, CO, beginning with this year’s 49th edition which will include over three dozen filmmakers presenting their newest works, special Guest Director programs, major Tributes to guest artists, special events and noteworthy films from the past. In addition to the screenings, AFI Fellows participating in the FilmLAB program will learn from world-class filmmakers in a masterclass setting and enjoy a special ‘filmmaker’ experience of the festival.

“AFI is an organization that has earned an incredible amount of trust and respect within the film community and beyond,” said Julie Huntsinger, Executive Director of the Telluride Film Festival. “It is an absolute honor to partner with them on our exceptional FilmLAB program. We look forward to providing opportunities together for the best and brightest students to help keep cinema alive for generations to come.”

Founded in 1974, Telluride Film Festival’s long-standing commitment is to join filmmakers and film connoisseurs together to experience great cinema. The 49th annual festival will take place September 2-5, 2022.

“AFI’s partnership with Telluride Film Festival is another step forward in creating a robust, immersive educational experience for AFI storytellers,” said Susan Ruskin, Dean of the AFI Conservatory and EVP of the American Film Institute. “We look forward to this unique opportunity to fulfill both of our shared missions to bring together artists and audiences in honor of great storytelling.”

Recently, the AFI Conservatory was once again named the #1 film school in America by The Hollywood Reporter. The Conservatory opened its doors in 1969 to an inaugural class that included Terrence Malick, Caleb Deschanel and Paul Schrader. Today, the Conservatory offers a two-year MFA degree in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. In a collaborative production environment, AFI Fellows learn to master the art of storytelling, collectively creating up to 175 films a year.

Learn more about the AFI Conservatory at AFI.edu.

 

About the American Film Institute (AFI)

The American Film Institute (AFI) is a nonprofit organization with a mandate to champion the moving image as an art form. Established in 1967, AFI launched the first comprehensive history of American film and sparked the movement for film preservation in the United States. In 1969, AFI opened the doors of the AFI Conservatory, a graduate-level program to train narrative filmmakers. The Conservatory, which counts Deniese Davis, Affonso Gonçalves, Susannah Grant, Matthew Libatique, David Lynch, Melina Matsoukas and Rachel Morrison as Alumni, is ranked the #1 film school in America. AFI’s enduring traditions include the AFI Life Achievement Award, which honors the masters for work that has stood the test of time; AFI AWARDS, which celebrates the creative ensembles of the most outstanding screen stories of the year; and scholarly efforts such as the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive that preserve film history for future generations. AFI exhibition programs include AFI FESTAFI DOCS and year-round exhibition at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Maryland. AFI Movie Club is a destination for movie lovers from around the world to celebrate and engage with the art form every day. Other pioneering programs include workshops aimed at increasing diversity in the storytelling community, including AFI DWW+ and the AFI Cinematography Intensive for Women. Read about all of these programs and more at AFI.com and follow us on social media at Facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute, YouTube.com/AFI, Twitter.com/AmericanFilm and Instagram.com/AmericanFilmInstitute.

 

About the AFI Conservatory

The AFI Conservatory opened its doors in 1969 to an inaugural class that included Terrence Malick, Caleb Deschanel and Paul Schrader. Today, the Conservatory offers a two-year MFA degree in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. In a collaborative production environment, AFI Fellows learn to master the art of storytelling, collectively creating up to 175 films a year. Fellows actively participate in the entire life cycle of a film, from development through production and exhibition.

Alumni of this elite program, ranging from modern masters to bold new voices defining the state of the art form include Andrea Arnold, Darren Aronofsky, Ari Aster, Deniese Davis, Sam Esmail, Brad Falchuk, Affonso Gonçalves, Susannah Grant, Liz Hannah, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kamiński, Matthew Libatique, David Lynch, Melina Matsoukas, Polly Morgan, Rachel Morrison and Wally Pfister, among others.

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