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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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A big move for #AFIDWW alum @sanamoochie, who’ll create and develop new scripted projects for Pine Tree. Congrats, Madame President!⁣


#chrissanagustin #afi #dww #aficonservatory #pinestreet #producer #femalefilmmaker #filmmaker #netflix #television #film #development #dww #pinetreeentertainment #womeninentertainment⁣
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@we4she has just put out their annual #WriteHerList highlighting talented female writers, and we were not at all surprised see that they included uber-talented Andrea Janakas and her project #Bliss! #AFIAlumni #DirectHerProgram⁣


#aficonservatory #weforshe #writing #writers #womenwriters #womenwritersofinstagram #femalefilmmakers #andreajanakas #bliss #oliverloving #afi #afialums #write #inspiration #2020writeherlist #womeninfilm #womeninentertainment #womenempowerment
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Patty Jenkins' #WW84 flies to theaters this summer. #afialumni⁣

Repost: @Gal_Gadot Thanks @entertainmentweekly for featuring Wonder Woman on your next cover! So excited for you all to see #WW84 in theaters June 5th…get ready!⁣


#pattyjenkins #femalefilmmaker #womendirect #aficonservatory #afi #directing #director #wonderwoman #entertainmentweekly #galgadot #dccomics #womendirectors #womeninfilm #wonderwoman2 ##wonderwoman1984⁣
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Campus visit with extraordinary film ✔️ ⁣

A Special AFI Awards notice for an ingenious, genre-busting narrative ✔️ ⁣

A ground-breaking achievement, sweeping the top four prizes at the Academy Awards ✔️⁣

We totally saw that coming. #oscars⁣



#parasite #parasitemovie #afi #aficonservatory #afiawards #bongjoonho #academyawards #oscars2020 #academyawards #makinghistory #koreanfilm #korea #bestpicture #bestdirector #directing #internationalfilm #bestscreenplay
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Zero signs of stage fright from these two. #seminartime #aficonservatory⁣⁣
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#SXSW has added more films to their lineup, which naturally means more brilliant AFI alums will have movies playing the festival! Kudos to these filmmakers heading to Austin next month. 🌵#AFIAlumni⁣


🌟BE WATER⁣
@calebheller (AFI Class of 2016), Cinematographer⁣

🌟RELIC⁣
@makkystyle (AFI Class of 2005), Executive Producer⁣

🌟RUN SWEETHEART RUN⁣
@festeshana (AFI Class of 2003), Writer/Director/Producer⁣
Beatriz Sequeira (AFI Class of 2003), Executive Producer⁣

🌟THE VIGIL⁣
@brettwbachman (AFI Class of 2011), Editor⁣

🌟EVERYONE TOGETHER⁣
@ludwigmonster (DWW Class of 2012), Director⁣

🌟A PERIOD PIECE⁣
@shuchitalati (DWW Class of 2011), Writer/director⁣

🌟@blocksthefilm⁣
@bridget.moloney (DWW Class of 2020), Director⁣

🌟SINGLE⁣
@asheakin (DWW Class of 2020), Director


#aficonservatory #afi #afidww #femalefilmmakers #femalefilmmakerfriday #femalefilmmaker #swsw2020 #southbysouthwest #filmmaking #film #indiefilms #independentfilm #films #movies #austin #texas⁣
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We’re all ears when @BradFalchuk starts talking about writing and storytelling. 👂#AFIAlumni⁣


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Congrats to Executive Producer Jillian Longnecker, whose #Sundance comedy has found a new home. #AFIAlumni⁣


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Proud of the two AFI alumni superheroes – cinematographer Matthew @Libatique and editor Jay Cassidy – who helped @BirdsOfPrey soar to the big screen this weekend. #AFIAlumni⁣


#aficonservatory #birdsofprey #birdsofpreymovie #matthewlibatique #jaycassidy #afi #filmmaking #cinematography #editing #movies #film #filmmakers #dccomics #margotrobbie #harleyquinn
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We’ve been watching @ccostacine since she was making movies at the #aficonservatory in 2013. Glad to see that @Variety agrees. 👊⁣


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You can bet this will be yet another winner from @leslilinka, who is bringing this show to @Netflix along with an all-female team of executive producers. #afialumni #femalefilmmakers⁣


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Repost • @msmelina We coming home. #AFIAlumni ⁣

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Congratulations to Screenwriting alum Paola Villegas (AFI Class of 2019) who was selected to be part of this amazing program, which offers advanced professional development for participants before hiring them on as staff writers on a series for Walt Disney Television. #AFIAlumni⁣


#aficonservatory #diversitymatters #waltdisneytelevision #waltdisney #afi #paolavillegas #disney #screenwriting #writing #writingmotivation #writinginspiration #writinglife #writingofinstagram #disneylife #tvwriting #television⁣
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