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A Training Ground for Trailblazers

At the AFI Conservatory we believe in filmmaking first. Filmmakers come to AFI because they are guaranteed to make movies, and to master not only the tools, but also the art of storytelling. AFI isn’t like any other film school. Think of us like the most prolific content creators in Hollywood. Fellows collectively create up to 175 films a year across six disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting.

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Work with the Masters

Led by Hollywood icon James L. Brooks as Artistic Director, AFI Conservatory faculty are working filmmakers who bring decades of award-winning experience as real-world, professionals and transformative leaders in their field.

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A Bridge to the Industry

The AFI Conservatory program is more than an academic experience in the art of moviemaking — it’s about connecting you with influential artists in the field, and with key players in the industry, to get your career off the ground right after graduation. Through a carefully curated series of programs and opportunities that happen year-round, you will have the best possible launchpad for success.

Scholarship Opportunities

AFI offers scholarships to help incoming and current Fellows pay for their education. Scholarships are based on merit and financial need. Several scholarships are available for Fellows from underrepresented communities, specific nationalities and Conservatory disciplines.

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Alumni Recognition

Last Five Years

After their training, AFI filmmakers go on to make enormous cultural impact that resonates and endures far beyond the halls of the Conservatory.

Academy Awards

11
Nominations
2
Wins

Emmy Awards

97
Nominations
13
Wins

Golden Globes

18
Nominations
4
Wins

Major Festivals

317
Alumni on
204
Films
AFI DOCS, AFI FEST, Berlin, Cannes, London, New York, Sundance, SXSW, Telluride, Toronto, Tribeca and Venice

Diversity at a Glance

The AFI Conservatory is committed to nurturing fresh perspectives from diverse voices.

“The AFI experience is transformational. This is a place where ideas of all sorts and all perspectives come to blossom. The relationships and the skills you foster here are the ones that will carry you throughout your entire career.”

–Joyce Liu-Countryman, AFI Producing Class of 2018

Of 254 Fellows currently enrolled at the AFI Conservatory:

49%are women
45%are American filmmakers of color
47%are international

#AFICONSERVATORY

We’d like to thank @TheAcademy for finding a permanent home for this iconic dress. 👗 #AFIAlumni #AriAster⁣


#moviememorabilia #theacademy #academymuseum #oscars #a24 #midsommar #aficonservatory #directing #film #movies #dress
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Almost half of the films featured at this week’s Moebius Film Festival are directed by #AFIalumni. Here are the amazing AFI filmmakers who’ll screen their movies and be mentored by agents at @creativeartistsagency. #AFIConservatory⁣

🎥 THEY WON’T LAST directed by @portlynn.tagavi⁣

🎥 THE SPEECH directed by @haohao__yan⁣

🎥 DIAS DE LAS CARPAS directed by @joaotheartist⁣

🎥 YELLOW GIRL & ME directed by @bellaaaissa⁣

🎥 CACTUS BLOSSOM directed by Samir Oliveros⁣



#filmfestivals #movies #filmmaking #caa #film #moebius #creativeartistsagency #mentors #storytelling
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@rmorrison isn’t pulling any punches with her directorial debut. We’ll take a ringside seat. #afialumni⁣

#aficonservatory #femalefilmmaker #rachelmorrison #judygreer #flintstrong #afi #directing #cinematography #boxing #flint #movies⁣
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Three #peabodyawards-nominated series, five very talented #afialumni. Proud that these filmmakers helped bring these compelling & empowering stories to television. #aficonservatory⁣

⭐️ @MiguelArteta (AFI Class of 1990)⁣
Director, #successionhbo⁣

⭐️ @michaeldinner69 (AFI Class of 1979)⁣
Director, #unbelievablenetflix⁣

⭐️ @susannahgrant(AFI Class of 1991)⁣
Co-creator, Director, Writer⁣
#unbelievablenetflix⁣

⭐️ @annahauger (AFI Class of 2009)⁣
Editor, @watchmen⁣

⭐️ Christal Henry (AFI Class of 2005)⁣
Screenwriter, @watchmen⁣


#peabody #awards #afi #filmschool #television #filmmakers #netflix #hbo #succession #watchmen #unbelievable #tv #shows
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Congrats to these 4 AFI Fellows who are recipients of the 2020 Writers’ Room Ready Awards: @haleybartels, @chris.kingsleigh, Kenda Greenwood Moran & @apederzoli. They’ll be mentored by these established artists - all AFI alumni! Read more at link in bio.⁣


⭐️@morganicink (THE WALKING DEAD, SHAMELESS)⁣
⭐️@andysiara (LODGE 49, PALM SPRINGS)⁣
⭐️ @christinastrain (THE MAGICIANS, FINDING OHANA)⁣
⭐️ @madblackwriter (WARRIOR NUN) ⁣

#AFI #aficonservatory #filmschool #screenwriting #writing #screenwriters #tvwriting #tv
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Who better to kick off @Refinery29’s new series about female filmmakers than two rock star #AFIDWW alumna: Tessa Blake & Hanelle Culpepper! Watch their fantastic interview at link in bio. #afi #femalefilmmakers⁣

#womendirect #aficonservatory #filmmakers #diversity #inspiration #womeninentertainment #directors #directing #womenempowerment #women #womeninmedia #femaleempowerment #refinery29
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Proud of #AFIalumni @PattyJenkins, @RealBillDuke and @Dash_Julie who are among the dozens of filmmakers lending their voices to this great initiative. #stayhome #ARRAYNow⁣

#stayathome #twitter #aficonservatory #pattyjenkins #billduke #juliedash #filmmaking #avaduvernay #film #movies #afi #filmmakers⁣
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We’re ready to support all of the @SXSW films and filmmakers from home this year, especially these AFI alumni. Can’t wait for April 27. #aficonservatory #afi #afidww ⁣
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@blocksthefilm⁣⁣⁣
🍿@bridget.moloney (DWW Class of 2020)⁣⁣⁣
Writer/Director⁣⁣
🍿@jake.m.hossfeld (AFI Class of 2018)⁣⁣⁣
Cinematographer⁣⁣⁣
🍿Xiyu Lin (AFI Class of 2020)⁣⁣⁣
Production Designer⁣⁣⁣
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@aperiodpiecefilm⁣⁣⁣
🍿@shuchitalati (AFI Class of 2011)⁣⁣⁣
Writer/Director⁣ ⁣ ⁣⁣
🍿 Jih-E Peng (AFI Class of 2012)⁣⁣
Cinematographer⁣
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SINGLE⁣⁣⁣
🍿@asheakin (DWW Class of 2020)⁣⁣⁣
Writer/Director ⁣⁣
🍿@samchatterjee (AFI Class of 2018)⁣⁣⁣
Cinematographer⁣⁣⁣
🍿Charles Carter (AFI Class of 2019)⁣⁣⁣
Editor⁣⁣⁣
🍿@summer.yang323 (AFI Class of 2018)⁣⁣⁣
Co-producer⁣⁣⁣
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#sxsw #sxsw2020 #filmfestival #amazoneprimevideo #amazon #filmschool #afialumni #afi #film #movies #filmmakers #single #blocks #aperiodpiece
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Grateful for this gift which will be used to establish the Lawrence Herbert Alumni Center on the AFI Campus as well as a digital portal, AFI Backlot, to magnify the center’s global reach to AFI alumni. 🙏 Read more at link in bio. #AFIAlumni #AFIConservatory⁣


#afi #filmmakers #future #filmmaking #nonprofit #organizations #grant #movies #larryherbert #support
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Legendary cinematographer Allen Daviau was the first guest in #AFIConservatory faculty member @michaelpessah’s Cinematography class. He always remembered where he put each light and spoke with wonder and heart about the cinematography of his films as if it were yesterday. Thankful that his storytelling legacy will live on. Watch video of that class at link in bio. ⁣

#allendaviau #cinematographer #cinematographers #cinematography #ET #stevenspielberg #ridleyscott #smoke #empireofthesun #thecolorpurple #afi #filmschool #filmmaking #movies⁣
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