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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.


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.


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 251 Fellows currently enrolled at the AFI Conservatory:

48%are women
42%are American filmmakers of color
38%are international


We love a good list, particularly when the AFI Conservatory gets some well-deserved recognition for being one of the best film schools in the US and Canada! Thank you, @moviemakermag, we couldn’t agree more! #aficonservatory #filmschool ...

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Welcome, Karen! We can’t wait to continue to build upon AFI’s foundation of both educating and celebrating great storytelling with Innovate Programs. #afi #aficonservatory #innovation #filmschool #innovative ...

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Produced by the late AFI alum Steve Golin and with cinematography by alum Masanobu Takayanagi whose work in the film @Deadline calls “first rate,” #Stillwater is making all kinds of waves at #Cannes. #afialumni #aficonservatory @festivaldecannes @stillwatermovie ...

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We’ve seen some truly incredible TV over the last year & so much of it is thanks to AFI alumni! Congrats to those nominated and those who worked on these impressive television programs. #afialumni #aficonservatory #Emmys

Outstanding Drama Series
Nelson McCormick, director
Bjorn Myrholt, editor
@Mjlappalainen, art director
@elenaalbanese, art director

@Bearboogiebangbang, Cinematographer

@bradfalchuk, co-creator/writer
@taylorthejoy, Editor
Nick Lane, Post-Production Asst/Apprentice Editor

James David Wall, camera operator

Outstanding Limited/Anthology Series
Brad Ingelsby, co-creator/writer
Keith Cunningham, Production Designer
@thenaomisunrise, Editor

Scott Frank, co-creator/writer/director

Jacqueline Hoyt, writer/exec producer
Marie Montgomery, Script Coordinator

Sandra Doyle Carmola, Art Director
@city_kate, Asst Art Director
@toiwhitaker, Asst Art Director
@Shannonmarieconnally, Reference Camera Technician
Luke Little, Asst Chief Lighting Technician
@Editorjacobs, Asst Editor

Outstanding Comedy Series
@brianburgoyne, cinematographer

@r3ynosoy, cinematographer

Outstanding Animated Program
@SouthPark: The Pandemic Special
Anne Garefino, producer

Outstanding Production Design For Narrative Contemporary Program
Keith P. Cunningham, Production Designer

Outstanding Directing For Limited Series
Scott Frank

Outstanding Directing For A Documentary
Kirby Dick, co-director

Outstanding Documentary/Nonfiction Special
Diane Becker, Producer

Outstanding Documentary/Nonfiction Series
Kirby Dick

Features Cicely Tyson, doc subject

Outstanding Competition program
John M. Larson, ACE, editor
John Homesley, editor

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

Outstanding Writing For A Limited Or Anthology Series
Brad Ingelsby

Scott Frank

Outstanding Writing For A Nonfiction Program
Kirby Dick

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If you’re going to take a look back at #JFK, best to look through the lens of world class cinematographer and AFI alum @robertbrichardson. This doc marks yet another collaboration for Richardson and director @officialoliverstone. #afialumni #aficonservatory #cannes #cinematography #afi #cannes @festivaldecannes ...

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Congrats, @christinakholmes! We’re very excited to see the final project that comes out of the @AGBOFilms mentorship. #afialumni #aficonservatory #filmschool #agbo #screenwriting #grants ...

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It’s @FridaKahlo's birthday month, so let’s revisit this previous #AFIMovieClub pick, co-written by #AFIConservatory Screenwriting head Anna Thomas. #fridakahlo #julietaymor #afifamily @salmahayek ...

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Grateful for an organization like @mexamcef who provides grants to filmmakers and excited for René G. Salinas (AFI Class of 2017) for making it the finals! #AFIAlumni #AFIConservatory #mexamcef #filmmaking @new_media_producer ...

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Not surprised to see #AFIAlumni films are all the buzz at #Cannes2021. Congrats to #AndreaArnold and #AffonsoGonçalves, who is the editor of #VelvetUnderground. #AFIConservatory #Cow #cannesfilmfestival ...

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@EvaHusson’s latest just debuted at the #cannesfilmfestival to a standing ovation and the terrific reviews also have critics on their feet. Congratulations, Eva! #MotheringSunday #AFIAlumni #AFIConservatory #cannes ...

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Roaring good news to hear that AFI alum Autumn Durald will be the cinematographer on the @BlackPanther sequel. Summer of 2022 can’t come fast enough! #afialumni #aficonservatory #cinematography #blackpanther @addp ...

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There have been a few changes to the #AFIConservatory application process and our wonderful Admissions team will be holding a virtual session to tell you all about it! RSVP at link in bio. #afi #filmschool ...

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