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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®

14
Nominations
2
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Emmy Awards®

81
Nominations
11
Wins

Golden Globes

21
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 263 Fellows currently enrolled at the AFI Conservatory:

52%are women
42%are American filmmakers of color
42%are international

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We’ve been watching @andysiara’s career since he graduated from AFI in 2015, and we’re so happy that the rest of the world is now watching, too! 🙌 #aficonservatory #afialumni

#screenwriting #andysiara #screenwriterstowatch #screenwriter #afi #palmsprings #filmmaking #filmmakers
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@Time Magazine says that #Blindspotting “packs an emotional punch,” which is just one of the many reasons it’s today’s #AFIMovieClub pick. Go to AFI.com/MovieClub to find out how watch this film, featuring impressive production design by AFI alum @tomhammockpd. #AFIAlumniDay #AFIConservatory ...

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Proud to see AFI alumni receive so much love at this year’s #EmmyAwards. Congrats to these alums on their wins! 🏆 #afialumni #emmys #aficonservatory
 
🏆 Outstanding Limited Series
@Watchmen
Christal Henry (AFI Class of 2005), Supervising Producer
 
🏆 Outstanding Structured Reality Program
@QueerEye
@jroselane (AFI Class of 1994), Executive Producer
 
🏆 Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series
@insecurehbo
Lynarion Hubbard (AFI Class of 2007), Additional Editor
 
🏆 Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Programming
hitrecord #CreateTogether – @samwla (AFI Class of 2010), Executive Producer

#watchmen #watchmenhbo #insecure #insecurehbo #hbo #hitrecord #queereye #afi #television #netflix
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Three consecutives Emmy wins for AFI Alum & @QueerEye Executive Producer Jennifer Lane is quite the lewk. Congrats! 🏆 #afialumni #aficonservatory #emmys #queereye

#jenniferlane #emmys2020 #realitytv #netflix #afi #television #emmyawards
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Excited to see that AFI alum @unrealmichellesteffes has been selected to take part in this incredible lab, of which alum and recent filmmaking superstar @MattsonTomlin will be a mentor! #aficonservatory #afialumni⁣

#theblacklist #womeninfilm #michellesteffes #mattsontomlin #femalefilmmaker #afi
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AFI alum @unjoomoon is an amazing talent. Read our new interview with her at link in bio, then go see her brand new film @iamwomanmovie – out today! #afialumni #aficonservatory

#afi #femalefilmmakerfriday #unjoomoon #helenreddy #movies #filmmaking #filmschool #iamwoman #womendirectors #womendirect
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Calling all AFI Fellows Class of 2022! Come meet your future cohort and learn what it’s like to be a part of the #1 film school in the country. Join us for our first Zoom info session this Saturday, Sept 12 at 1pm PT. Link in the bio to register.

#aficonservatory #filmschool #cinematography #directing #editing #producing #productiondesign #screenwriting #afi
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This show’s a real treat. #AFIDWW alum & current AFI faculty member @marie_jamora started shooting #FamilyStyle before quarantine and was able to safely wrap it up virtually! Go watch new episodes which premiere today on Stage13.com. #AFIFamily #AFIalumni⁣


#femalefilmmaker #afi #filmmaking #directing #womendirect #tv #stage13 #mariejamora⁣ #faculty #filmschool #aficonservatory
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Today’s #AFIMovieClub pick is the perfect way to kick-start your work week. Go to www.AFI.com/MovieClub to find out how to watch #AlwaysBeMyMaybe with (as always) incredible cinematography by AFI alum Tim Suhrstedt. #afialumniday

#afialumni #aliwong #netflix #timsuhrstedt #randallpark #nahnatchkakhan #movies #film #afi #movieclub #aficonservatory
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Feeling blue that the long weekend is over? Not to worry. Recent AFI grad @jaclyn_bethany's feature film @indigovalleyfilm drops today, so go watch this great indie film now! #afialumni #femalefilmmaker #aficonservatory

#indigovalley #afi #womendirect #indigovalleyfilm #watch #movies #indiefilm
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Recent directing alum @oranizegman is well prepared to take on the sequel to the beloved Troop Beverly Hills … Scout’s honor! 🏕 #aficonservatory #afialumni


#femalefilmmakerfriday #afi #oranzegman #troopbeverlyhills #womendirect #filmschool #movies #1980s
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First #ProjectPower, then #TheBatman and now his own feature film directorial debut? @MattsonTomlin is on 🔥🔥🔥. #AFIalumni #aficonservatory ⁣


#afi #mattsontomlin #motherandroid #chloëgracemoretz #mattreeves #filmmaking #directing #screenwriter #filmmmaker⁣
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Buckle up. @stacycouture is a current AFI Fellow and she’s already in the fast lane headed toward the big time. #aficonservatory #afifamily

Repost: @paxeros We’re excited to announce the 2020 Women of Color Commercial Directing Program winner, Stacy Pascal Gaspard (@stacycouture) with her project “IsaRepost: @paxeros We’re excited to announce the 2020 Women of Color Commercial Directing Program winner, Stacy Pascal Gaspard (@stacycouture) with her project “Isa#afifamilydora”.   

Our finalist judges would agree, this was not an easy decision. There were SOO many wonderful submissions to our inaugural #WCCDP — Through this process we’ve realized that there’s so much talent and we need to find a way to expand this initiative. In due time we will have more announcements, but for now we have a Subaru spec to start per-production on. Stay tuned for behind the scenes!

#femalefilmmakers #afi #filmschool #directing #womendirect #diversitymatters #subaru #filmmaking #womenempowerment
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