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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

11
Nominations
2
Wins

Emmy Awards

97
Nominations
13
Wins

Golden Globes

18
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 254 Fellows currently enrolled at the AFI Conservatory:

49%are women
45%are American filmmakers of color
47%are international

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Welcome back, @MsMelina. #AFIAlumni⁣


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Watch #MarriageMaterial, a musical AFI thesis film, now! You don’t even need dancing shoes. Just click the link in our bio. #aficonservatory⁣


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Let’s be honest, we must see all the films at #Sundance, but when an AFI alum is involved we pay special attention. #AFIAlumni #Sundance⁣

🎥 KALILLIONAIRE⁣
Jillian Longnecker (Class of 2002)⁣
Executive Producer⁣

🎥 THE LAST THING HE WANTED⁣
Mako Kamitsuna (DWW Class of 2011)⁣
Editor⁣

🎥 THE NEST⁣
@Matyaserdelyhsc (AFI Class of 2005)⁣
Cinemtaographer⁣


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And writer/director Rodrigo Garcia! The AFI alum will also report for jury duty at #Sundance, where he’ll support other artists and their stories. 🙌 #filmmakerssupportingfilmmakers #AFIAlumni #AFIConservatory⁣

#sundance #sundancefilmfestival #sundance2020 #movies #filmfestival #rodrigogracia #filmmakers #film #parkcity #filmmaker #filmmaking
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Congratulations to AFI alum @colettesand for her Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar nomination for #WalkRunChaCha! #OscarNoms #AFIConservatory⁣


#ColetteSandstedt #AFIAlumni #Oscars #AcademyAwards #documentary #documentaryshort #Shorts #dancing #filmmaking #shortfilm
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Congratulations to AFI alum Scott Silver for his Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination for @JokerMovie! #OscarNoms #AFIConservatory⁣⁣⁣
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Congratulations to AFI alum Robert Richardson on his Oscar nomination! This is his 10th nomination and he's won the award a total of three times. #OscarNoms #AFIConservatory⁣⁣
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#AFIAlumni #onceuponatimeinhollywood #robertrichardson #onceuponatime #AFI #cinematography #Oscars #AcademyAwards #cinematographer
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Proud to have our #AFIAlumni play such integral roles in creating these #GLAADawards nominated film & TV projects, and supporting fairness and inclusivity. 🏳️‍🌈✊#AFIConservatory #LGBTQ⁣

Outstanding Drama Series⁣
@sho_billions/⁣
🌟John Dahl (Director)⁣

@euphoria⁣
🌟@pippabianco (Director)⁣

@sho_thelword⁣
🌟@nancmejia (Writer)⁣
🌟@sandravalde (Cinematographer)⁣
🌟@cinematologist (Cinematographer)⁣

@the_politician⁣
🌟@bradfalchuk (Co-creator)⁣

@poseonfx⁣
🌟@bradfalchuk (Co-creator)⁣

Outstanding Film - Wide Release⁣
@bombshellmovie⁣
🌟@mrileycarver (Producer)⁣

Outstanding Film - Limited Release⁣
@brittanyrunsmov⁣
🌟Seamus Tierney (Cinematographer)⁣

Outstanding Reality Program⁣
@bachelorinparadise⁣
🌟Debra Light (Supervising Producer)⁣

@queereye⁣
🌟Jennifer Lane (Executive Producer)⁣

#movied #tv #filmschool #filmmaking #lgtb #glaad⁣
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We’re just one step closer to seeing Marshall Herskovitz’ and Ed Zwick’s beloved show back on the air. #AFIAlumni #iconic #Thirtysomething⁣

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Congrats to these three visionaries, nominated for #PGAAWARDS for their incredible work which brought us the best in television over the past year. #AFIAlumni #AFIConservatory⁣

🌟 The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television⁣
@BigLittleLies, Andrea Arnold⁣

🌟 The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited Series Television⁣
#UnbelievableNetflix, Susannah Grant⁣

🌟 The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television⁣
@QueerEye, Jennifer Lane⁣


#producersguildawards #producersguildofamerica #producer #producers #filmproducer #pgawards #filmproduction #movieproducers #televisionproducers #queereye #biglittlelies #hbo #netflix #andreaarnold #jenniferlane #SusannahGrant
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Thanks to the many AFI alumni who contributed to the Alumni Scholarship Challenge, raised $26,898 and unlocked the Challenge grant made by a fellow alumnus! More than $50,000 will go directly to provide much needed support to Fellows currently enrolled at AFI. On behalf of future filmmakers, we thank you. 🙏⁣

If you missed the opportunity to donate, you can still support Fellows by making a tax-deductible gift to our scholarship fund at any time. Donate at link in bio. 🎥⁣


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