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AFI Conservatory Guests

Writer/Director Celine Song on Her Film PAST LIVES
PERFECT DAYS Writer/Director/Producer Wim Wenders in Conversation
A Conversation with ANATOMY OF A FALL Director/Co-writer Justine Triet
Alexander Payne Discusses his Film THE HOLDOVERS
Producer James Wilson on THE ZONE OF INTEREST
In Conversation with BEEF Creator and Showrunner Lee Sung Jin
Master Seminar with THE TEACHERS' LOUNGE Writer/Director İlker Çatak
Sean Durkin discusses his film THE IRON CLAW
Chad Stahelski on Directing JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert on EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
Todd Field on Making his film TÁR
Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin on Making ELVIS
Director Joseph Kosinski on Making TOP GUN: MAVERICK
Gina Prince-Bythewood on THE WOMAN KING
Ruben Östlund on Making the Vomiting Scene in TRIANGLE OF SADNESS
Guillermo del Toro on NIGHTMARE ALLEY
S. S. Rajamouli on RRR
John Patton Ford on Making EMILY THE CRIMINAL
Matt Reeves on THE BATMAN
Denis Villeneuve on DUNE
Siân Heder on CODA
Kogonada on AFTER YANG
Phyllis Nagy on CALL JANE
In Conversation: Lukas Dhont on Making CLOSE
Elegance Bratton on Making THE INSPECTION
A.V. Rockwell on her film A THOUSAND AND ONE
Bill Lawrence on SHRINKING and TED LASSO
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A Training Ground for Filmmakers

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 graduate film school in Los Angeles or the nation. Think of us like the most prolific content creators in Hollywood. Fellows collectively create up to 175 films a year across six disciplines in the master’s degree program: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting.


Learn from Acclaimed Filmmakers

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


A Bridge to the Film and TV Industry

As a top-ranked film school located in Los Angeles, the AFI Conservatory MFA 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 right in the middle of Hollywood, you will have the best possible launchpad for success.

Scholarship Opportunities

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


Alumni Recognition

Last Five Years

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

Academy Awards®



Emmy Awards®


Major Festivals

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

Festivals updated as of Mar. 28, 2022

Awards updated as of Mar. 17, 2023

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 285 Year 1 and Year 2 Fellows currently enrolled at the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles:

56%are women
45%of the domestic Fellows are filmmakers of color
47%are international

Updated as of Oct. 15, 2023

The American Film Institute believes in the power of diverse voices to drive culture forward.

We strive to cultivate and sustain an inclusive environment at AFI that actively affirms and is respectful of the identities of all people across genders, abilities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds and ideological perspectives – and one where self-reflection, honesty and accountability are practiced.

At AFI, we are responsible for the community we build and the stories we tell.


This just in…AFI alumni also picked up awards at this year’s #SlamdanceFilmFestival! Congratulations to these alumni on their wins. Now we can wrap up the week. #AFIConservatory #AFIAlumni @slamdancegroup ...

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🎉 Wrapping up the week with great news! Congratulations to the AFI alumni whose films won awards today at the #SundanceFilmFestival. #aficonservatory #afialumni @sundanceorg ...

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#AnatomyOfAFall director/co-writer @justine.triet is only the eighth women to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Director! We were thrilled to have her stop by the AFI Campus to talk with Fellows about her five-time Oscar nominated drama thriller. Check out the full video of the seminar at link in bio! #aficonservatory #filmschool #guestlecture #filmmaking ...

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👏👏👏 Congratulations to producer and AFI alum James Wilson on his #AcademyAward nomination for #TheZoneOfInterest! #oscarnoms #bestpicture #afialumni #aficonservatory #oscars ...

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👏👏👏 Congratulations to AFI alum Matthew @Libatique on his latest #AcademyAward nomination for #Maestro! #oscarnoms #bestcinematography #aficonservatory #afialumni #oscars ...

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Congratulations to AFI Alum James “Séamus” Bearheart (AFI Class of 2022) who was selected to receive a grant from @sffilm and the Sloan Stories of Science Development fund. If we are fusing science and storytelling, count us in. #afialumni #aficonservatory #science #filmmaking #grant ...

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AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale had this to say about Vice Chair Rich Frank’s scholarship announcement at Friday’s #AFIAWARDS: “Rich has been a leader at the AFI Trustee table for over 30 years. His commitment to the future of the art form is peerless, and this extraordinary gift will allow the AFI Conservatory to continue to attract the best and the brightest young storytellers – while celebrating the very best film and television of today.” #AFIConservatory #filmschool #scholarship

📷: Rich Frank and Leslie Frank

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Our AFI Alumni always make us proud! Huge congratulations to the following Conservatory grads on their @directorsguild award nominations this week. #afi #aficonservatory #DGA #DGAAwards #dırectıng ...

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During his recent visit to AFI campus, Alexander Payne shared his advice on directing with AFI Fellows. 🎬 Watch the rest of this insightful AFI Conservatory seminar with the @theholdoversfilm writer/director at link in bio. ⁠

#AlexanderPayne #aficonservatory #directing #guestlecture #filmschool

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A special thanks to @pastlivesmovie director Celine Song for stopping by AFI Campus to talk to Fellows about her deeply touching romantic drama, which was just named best picture at this year's National Society of Film Critics Awards. Check out the full video of the seminar at link in bio!⁠

#aficonservatory #filmschool #guestlecture #filmmaking #celinesong #pastlives #womendirectors

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We know which movie we’ll be diving into this weekend. 🏊‍♂️ Directed and co-written by AFI alum @brycejmcguire (AFI Class of 2013), #NightSwim opens in theaters nationwide today! #afialumni #aficonservatory #nightswimmovie ...

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