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AFI Conservatory Guests

EXPATS Seminar with Lulu Wang and Yong Ok Lee
AFRICAN GIANTS Filmmakers at the AFI Conservatory
Emma Seligman on BOTTOMS
Trần Anh Hùng Discusses His Film THE TASTE OF THINGS
Todd Haynes and Affonso Gonçalves on their film MAY DECEMBER
Matteo Garrone Discusses His Film IO CAPITANO
Juel Taylor and Franco-Giacomo Carbone on THEY CLONED TYRONE
Oscar Winner Cord Jefferson discusses his film AMERICAN FICTION
PERFECT DAYS Writer/Director/Producer Wim Wenders in Conversation
THE BROTHERS SUN Seminar at the AFI Conservatory
Writer/Director Celine Song on Her Film PAST LIVES
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
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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 Jan. 1, 2024

Awards updated as of Mar. 11, 2024

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.


Celebrating #PrideMonth with #JodieFoster, an icon who breaks barriers and champions LGBTQ+ rights on and off the screen. In this clip from her honorary degree acceptance speech, she reminds #AFIConservatory graduates to always cherish moments of creative freedom.
The AFI thesis film #DOSH, winner of the 2024 Spirit of Slamdance Award, has been selected to screen at the AGBO + Slamdance DTLA Summer Showcase! Congratulations to our talented #AFIAlumni whose dedication made this achievement possible. 👏👏👏 #AFIConservatory #Slamdance #shortwave #filmmaking #filmmakers @slamdancegroup
⭐@radhamehta (AFI Class of 2023), Director/co-writer
⭐Noorah Al-Eidi (AFI Class of 2023), Co-writer
⭐@gabriel_a_gutierrez (AFI Class of 2023), Producer
⭐@isue (AFI Class of 2023), Cinematographer
⭐Joseph Murphy (AFI Class of 2023), Editor
⭐@sandrab_rodriguez (AFI Class of 2023), Production Designer
It’s all in the details! Watch #AFIConservatory Faculty members Inbal B. Lessner (ESCAPING TWIN FLAMES and STORMY), Matt Chessé (TRUE DETECTIVE: NIGHT COUNTRY), Matt Friedman (EXPATS) and Varun Viswanath (RESERVATION DOGS) talk about the art of editing during AFI’s #FYC: Focus on Editing panel moderated by @Variety’s Jazz Tangcay. Here’s a sneak peek of their captivating conversation – full video at link in bio.
Buckle up for a wild ride! 🛵 Watch writer/director/editor Josh Margolin talk about the real-life scam that inspired the new movie #Thelma starring June Squibb and Richard Roundtree which premieres in theaters today. Then click link in bio to hear more from him and producers Zoë Worth and former AFI Faculty Chris Kaye who gave AFI Fellows invaluable insight into their creative process every step of the way. #AFIConservatory #ThelmaMovie #Sundance #FilmSchool #GuestLecture
Jacqueline Lyanga is taking her talents to Berlin! We are proud to see #AFIConservatory alum and 2010-2018 #AFIFEST Director take the spotlight as one of the Berlinale’s new film programming heads. 🎬🇩🇪 #AFIAlumni #filmmakers #directors
🎉 Celebrating excellence and #AFI talent! @BAFTA announced the longlisted projects for the 2024 Yugo BAFTA Student Award, with two outstanding entries from #AFIAlumni shining bright! #AFIConservatory #filmmaking #filmmakers #BAFTA
⭐@proofofpablo (AFI Class of 2023), Writer/Director
⭐@moncastrob (AFI Class of 2023), Producer
⭐@danradzinsky (AFI Class of 2023), Producer
⭐@peterearlmccollough (AFI Class of 2023), Cinematographer
⭐@alearmiijo (AFI Class of 2023), Editor
⭐@andresdomit (AFI Class of 2023), Production Designer
⭐@jackhighberger (AFI Class of 2023), Co-writer/Director
⭐@dogeatfrogworld (AFI Class of 2023), Co-writer/Producer
⭐@findlaybrown7 (AFI Class of 2023), Story by/Producer
⭐@keithnixonjr (AFI Class of 2023), Cinematographer
⭐ (AFI Class of 2023), Editor
⭐@mewziee (AFI Class of 2023), Production Designer
There is no better way to honor @NicoleKidman than in her own words. See how we pulled off that @AMCTheatres-inspired video, with the help of an amazing crew, including #AFIConservatory alums @imunderhill and @stobraz! #AFILife @morgan_freeman #NicoleKidman