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Production Design



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.


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.


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.


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®


Emmy Awards®


Golden Globes


Major Festivals

Alumni on
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 252 Fellows currently enrolled at the AFI Conservatory:

47%are women
39%are American filmmakers of color
32%are international


AFI announced today that it has received a $5 million gift from the Perenchio Foundation, established to fulfill the charitable wishes of Andrew Jerrold “Jerry” Perenchio, who passed away in 2017. The gift will fund the Perenchio Family Endowed Scholarship to support diverse voices at the AFI Conservatory. ⁣

“Though he was famously anonymous in his philanthropy, Jerry’s generosity knew no bounds,” said Bob Daly, Chair of the AFI Board of Directors. “Through this endowed scholarship at the AFI Conservatory, his legacy will continue to echo across generations in tomorrow’s storytellers.” ⁣

#femalefilmmakers #inclusion #equity #diversityinfilm #afialumni #aficonservatory

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We love a program that supports diverse voices. We love it a little more when it includes AFI alums. Congrats to 2013 AFIC grad @jiavella & #AFIDWW alums @kantulentz & @jeanofthelees who will each leave the Emerging Directors & Female Forward programs having directed an episode of primetime television! #aficonservatory

#diversevoicesmatter #afialumni #emergingdirectorprogram #directing #director #inclusivity #inclusive #diversity #filmmaking #television

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We’re wild about this news! There’s no stopping AFI alum @randy.mckinnon who’s developing new sports drama WILD RABBIT at @hulu, inspired by events from his own life. Congrats! ⁣

#AFIAlumni #AFIConservatory #WildRabbit⁣

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It’s day 4 of #AFIFEST presented by @Audi and our #AFIMovieClub pick of the day is a tribute to a filmmaker behind some of the most groundbreaking documentaries around. Go to link in bio to get free tickets to today’s live FEST tribute to AFI alum and two-time Oscar nominee, Kirby Dick. #virtualfilmfestival #documentary

#afi #aficonservatory #afialumni #kirbydick #documenaryfilm #filmfestival #ontherecord

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We‘re proud to announce the establishment of the Black Production Fund, alongside our friends at AMC Networks, which provides grants for thesis productions by Black Fellows in their second year at the AFI Conservatory. AMC Networks will also distribute select AFI films by streaming them on their VOD platform, @watchumc. Grateful to AMC Networks for helping us create more opportunities for Black storytellers. Learn more at link in bio. #aficonservatory #blackstoriesmatter @amc_tv ...

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Check out @thewrap! What an incredible honor to land at the top of their film school ranking. Thank you to our AFI Faculty, Fellows and Alumni for making us look so good every day. #aficonservatory #filmschool ...

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No surprises here. AFI alumna Patty Jenkins continues to rule the film world. #aficonservatory #cleopatra

#womendirect #femalefilmmakers #galgadot #pattyjenkins #afi #afialumni #films #movies #directing

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The #AFIConservatory's annual Screenwriting Showcase where graduates pitch their completed feature and TV scripts has moved online this year with a VIRTUAL PITCH on Wednesday October 21.

Short pitches will be held throughout the day in 3 conveniently timed one hour sessions.

If you are a producer, creative executive, agent, manager, assistant, financier, director or someone looking for superb completed feature and TV scripts, please join us. See link in bio. #screenwriting #afi

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This guy’s such an overachiever. Congrats, Sam! #twoisbetterthanone #afialumni #aficonservatory

#filmmaking #afi #samesmail #abc #television #tv #tvdrama

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Proud to announce the Thomas P. Pollock Endowed Scholarship Fund, to be awarded annually to promising producers from underrepresented communities. The first recipients are #AFIConservatory Fellows @haleybear3 (Producing, Class of 2022) & @nageebrown (Producing, Class of 2022). Read more & see the full list of leadership gifts at link in bio. #filmschool #producing #diversitymatters⁣

#afi #tompollock #scholarship #filmmaking #losangeles #mfa

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