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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 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: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting.

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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

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

Scholarship Opportunities

AFI offers scholarships to help incoming and current Fellows pay for their 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.

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Alumni Recognition

Last Five Years

After their film school 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

3
Wins

Emmy Awards®

96
Nominations
15
Wins

Major Festivals

670
Alumni on
414
Films
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 Sept. 16, 2022

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

60%are women
50%of the domestic Fellows are filmmakers of color
44%are international

Updated as of Aug. 19, 2022

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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.

#AFICONSERVATORY

Feels like we all win with this one. Congratulations to AFI Alum @MaxBarbakow (Class of 2015) on landing his next film at Amazon. We can’t wait to see this one. #AFIAlumni #aficonservatory #afi #jenniferaniston #juliaroberts #maxbarbakow ...

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AFI was honored to welcome Jerzy Skolimowski and Ewa Piaskowska to campus last week and hear them talk about creating their latest masterpiece, the Oscar-nominated sensation #EO!

#aficonservatory #filmschool #afi #jerzyskolimowski #ewapiaskowska
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Here’s something to write home about…The incredible #AFIAlumni below have all received noms for this year’s #WGAAwards! Congrats to these very talented filmmakers. #aficonservatory #afi #screenwriting #wga @wgawest

🎥Original Screenplay - Film
@tarmovie
⭐️Todd Field (AFI Class of 1992), Writer/Director/Producer

📺Limited Series - TV
@thedropouthulu
⭐️@itslizhannah (AFI Class of 2009), Writer
⭐️@madningyu (AFI Class of 2010), Writer

📺Children’s Episodic, Long Form and Specials - TV
@disneymbs, "A Perilous Journey"
⭐️@manfredius (AFI Class of 1995), Writer

#CircuitBreakers, “Test Subject Thirteen”
⭐️Melody Fox (AFI TVW Class of 1998), Writer
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We’re still flying high from Joseph Kosinski’s inspiring seminar on the AFI campus. The director talked to AFI Fellows about making his Oscar-nominated film, and showed us that the sky is indeed the limit. #TopGunMaverick #aficonservatory #guestlectures #filmmaking #afi #filmschool #oscarnoms ...

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🏆 As awards seasons continues, so do nominations for AFI Alumni films! Congratulations to the following alums whose films were nominated for #BAFTA Awards today. #bafta #afialumni #aficonservatory #EEBAFTAs #baftaawards⁣

Best Film⁣
🎥 @allquietmovie ⁣
⭐️ @daniel_dreifuss (AFI Class of 2007), Producer⁣
⭐️ Thorsten Schumacher (AFI Class of 2001), executive producer⁣

🎥 @elvismovie ⁣
⭐️Jeremy Doner (AFI Class of 1994), co-writer⁣

🎥 @everythingeverywheremovie⁣
⭐️ Zekun Mao (AFI Class of 2017), Assistant Editor⁣
⭐️ @aashishdmello (AFI Class of 2017), Assistant Editor⁣
⭐️ @makkystyle AFI Class of 2005), Executive Producer⁣

🎥 @tarmovie ⁣
⭐️Todd Field (AFI Class of 1992), Director/Producer/Writer*⁣
⭐️Ray Harvie (AFI Class of 1992), Storyboard Artist⁣

Outstanding British Film⁣
🎥 #Living⁣
⭐️ Thorsten Schumacher (AFI Class of 2001), Executive Producer⁣

Film Not in the English Language⁣
🎥 @allquietmovie⁣
⭐️ @daniel_dreifuss (AFI Class of 2007), Producer⁣
⭐️ Thorsten Schumacher (AFI Class of 2001), executive producer⁣

🎥 CORSAGE⁣
⭐️Gottlieb Pallendorf (AFI Class of 1994), Line Producer/Production Manager⁣

🎥 DECISION TO LEAVE⁣
⭐️Ji-yong Kim (AFI Class of 2003), Cinematographer⁣

Documentary⁣
🎥 NAVALNY⁣
⭐️Diane Becker (AFI Class of 2006), Producer*⁣

Animated Film⁣
🎥 TURNING RED⁣
⭐️John Roesch (AFI Class of 1997), Foley Artist⁣

Director⁣
🎥 @tarmovie⁣
⭐️Todd Field (AFI Class of 1992)*⁣

Original Screenplay⁣
🎥 @tarmovie⁣
⭐️Todd Field (AFI Class of 1992)*⁣

Editing⁣
🎥 @everythingeverywheremovie⁣
⭐️ @maozekun (AFI Class of 2017), Assistant Editor⁣
⭐️Aashish D'Mello (AFI Class of 2017), Assistant Editor⁣

Production Design⁣
🎥 BABYLON⁣
⭐️David Moreau (AFI Class of 2006), Model Maker⁣

🎥 @thebatman ⁣
⭐️ @dfrnk_design (AFI Class of 2015), Set Designer⁣
⭐️ @haisuwang.design (AFI Class of 2014), Model Maker
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AFI Alum Todd Field gets our vote for taking time out of his busy schedule to screen his magnificent film, @tarmovie, and share some wisdom with our AFI Conservatory Fellows. #AFIConservatory #tarmovie #guestspeaker #filmmaking #movies #afialumni ...

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Excited to see @Malala added as an Executive Producer of the powerful Oscar-shortlisted documentary short #StrangerAtTheGate, also executive-produced by AFI Conservatory alum Eric Nichols (AFI Class of 2013). #afialumni #oscars #documentary #malala #aficonservatory #shortfilm ...

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It’s a great day for these #AFIAlumni and their films, all nominated for #PGAAwards today. Congratulations to all the nominees! 🎉🎉🎉 #afialumni #aficonservatory #film #producers @producersguild

Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
🎥 @tarmovie
🌟Todd Field (AFI Class of 1992), Director/Producer/Writer

🎥 @thewhalemov
@darrenaronofsky (AFI Class of 1992), Director/Producer

🎥 @everythingeverywheremovie
🌟@makkystyle (AFI Class of 2005), Executive Producer

Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Drama
🎥 @Ozark
🌟 John Shiban (AFI Class of 1989), Writer/Executive Producer

🎥 #Severance
🌟 @madningyu (AFI Class of 2010), Writer/Producer

David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited or Anthology Series Television
🎥 @dahmer__netflix
🌟 Erik Holmberg (AFI TVW Class of 1988), Co-Executive Producer
🌟 Carl Franklin (AFI Class of 1986), Executive Producer

🎥 @thedropouthulu
🌟 @itslizhannah (AFI Class of 2009), Executive Producer

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Picture
🎥 @navalnydoc
🌟 Diane Becker (AFI Class of 2006), Producer
🎥 #TheTerritory
🌟 @darrenaronofsky(AFI Class of 1992), Producer
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The 2023 #Sundance Film Festival is right around the corner! Check out some highly anticipated #AFIAlumni projects that will be debuting in Park City. #AFIConservatory #Sundance @Indiewire @sundanceorg

BIRTH/REBIRTH
–@taylorjmason (AFI Class of 2012), Editor

LANDSCAPE WITH INVISIBLE HAND
– @eriklouisrobert (AFI Class of 2014), Art Director

MAGAZINE DREAMS
–Zirao Zhang (AFI Class of 2021), Illustrator

RADICAL
–@eugeniorf (AFI Class of 2012), editor

THE STROLL
–@sara.kinney (AFI Class of 2021), Cinematographer

THEATER CAMP
–@natehurtsellers (AFI Class of 2014), Cinematographer

THE TUBA THIEVES
–@meendawg (AFI Class of 2009), cinematographer
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AFI joins the New York film community and film-enthusiasts worldwide in saluting Karen Cooper for her decades-long impact on independent film, and for expanding @filmforumnyc into a cinephile’s dream. We’re big fans of this true trailblazer. #karencooper #afihonorydegreerecipient #aficonservatory #nyc #film #indiefilm ...

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As awards seasons continues, so do award nominations for AFI Alumni. Congrats to these directors on their #DGAAwards noms! 🎉 🎉 🎉 @directorsguild #aficonservatory #afialumni #directing #dga

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film
🎥 @tarmovie
⭐️ Todd Field (AFI Class of 1992), Director/Producer/ Writer

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Theatrical Feature Film
🎥 @emilythecriminal
⭐️ John Patton Ford (AFI Class of 2009), Writer/Director

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Limited Series
🎥 @station11onmax, “Unbroken Circle”
⭐️ @jeremy_podeswa (AFI Class of 1984), Director

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs
🎥 @legomastersfox, “Jurass-brick World”
⭐️ @hoodrich72 (AFI Class of 1999), Director

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs
🎥 #AreYouAfraidofTheDark?,“The Tale of Room 13”
⭐️ @deanisraelite (AFI Class of 2008), Director
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There is so much excellence here! Congratulations to these #ProductionDesign AFI Alumni films and their #ADGAwards nominations. #afialumni #aficonservatory

ONE HOUR FANTASY SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
🎥 @lotronprime
🌟 @davidcmoreau (AFI Class of 2006), Set Designer
🌟 @moorcheh.siah (AFI Class of 2013), Set Designer

ONE HOUR CONTEMPORARY SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
🎥 #Severance
🌟 Benjamin K. Cox (AFI Class of 2014), Assistant Art Director

TELEVISION MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
🎥 @obiwankenobi
🌟 @toddcherniawsky (AFI Class of 1993), Production Designer*
🌟 @a.p.ness (AFI Class of 2016), Art Director
🌟 @berto_aguirre (AFI Class 2018), Assistant Art Director

HALF HOUR SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
🎥 @hacks
🌟 @brontejc (AFI Class of 2020), Assistant Art Director
🌟 @katelynabudke (AFI Class of 2018), Assistant Art Director

🎥 @ourflaghbomax
🌟 Brittany Bradford (AFI Class of 2010), Art Director
🌟 @harshi_800 (AFI Class of 2017), Assistant Art Director
🌟 @rdwilkins (AFI Class of 1984), Set Designer
🌟 @mexiruviann (AFI Class of 2018), Assistant Art Director

PERIOD FEATURE FILM
🎥 @babylonmovie
🌟 @davidcmoreau (AFI Class of 2006), Model Maker

🎥 @thefabelmans
🌟 Andrew Max Cahn (AFI Class of 1992), Supervising Art Director
🌟 @katelynnwheelock (AFI Class of 2010), Assistant Art Director

🎥 @whitenoisefilm
🌟 Camellia E. Cox (AFI Class of 2002), Graphic Designer

FANTASY FEATURE FILM
🎥 @avatar
🌟 @aashritakamath (AFI Class of 2013), Supervising Art Director
🌟 Anne Costa (AFI Class of 2010), Assistant Art Director
🌟 @dfrnk_design (AFI Class of 2015), Set Designer

🎥 @blackpanther
🌟 Kedra Dawkins (AFI Class of 2014), Assistant Art Director
🌟 @dfrnk_design (AFI Class of 2015), Concept Illustrator

CONTEMPORARY FEATURE FILM
🎥 @bullettrainmovie
🌟 @nwbailey (AFI Class of 2010), Set Designer

🎥 @knivesout
🌟 Hang Dara Zhao (AFI Class of 2018) Concept Artist
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Congratulations to these #AFIAlumni who are each getting their close-ups today with #ASCAwards nominations. @the__asc #ascawards #afialumni #aficonservatory #theasc #cinematography #cinematographers #filmmakingcommunity
#film

SPOTLIGHT AWARD
✨ @wheels41215 (AFI Class of 2010), GOD’S COUNTRY

EPISODE OF A ONE-HOUR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION SERIES
@houseofthedragonhbo — “The Lord of the Tides”
✨ @cgdop (AFI Class of 2009)

@maiseltv — “Everything is Bellmore”
✨Alex Nepomniaschy (AFI Class of 1982), ASC

PILOT, LIMITED SERIES, OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
@winningtimehbo — “The Swan”
✨ @toddbanhazl (AFI Class of 2009), ASC

EPISODE OF A ONE-HOUR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION SERIES
@snowpiercertv — “Bound by One Track”
✨ @r3ynosoy (AFI Class of 1994), AMC
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