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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.

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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 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: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting.

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Work with the Masters in Los Angeles

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

As a top-ranked film school located in Los Angeles, 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 right in the middle of Hollywood, you will have the best possible launchpad for success.

Scholarship Opportunities

AFI offers scholarships to help incoming and current Fellows pay for their 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.

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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®

9
Nominations

2
Honorary Oscars®

Emmy Awards®

98
Nominations
14
Wins

Golden Globes

17
Nominations
3
Wins

Major Festivals

670
Alumni on
414
Films
AFI DOCS, AFI FEST, Berlin, Cannes, London, New York, Sundance, SXSW, Telluride, Toronto, Tribeca and Venice

Updated as of Sept. 27, 2021

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 282 Year 1 and Year 2 Fellows currently enrolled at the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles:

53%are women
48%are American filmmakers of color
37%are international

Updated as of Sept. 9, 2021

#AFICONSERVATORY

Consider yourself one lucky devil, because today’s #AFIMovieClub pick is the noir thriller #DevilInABlueDress, written & directed by #AFIConservatory alum Carl Franklin and starring Denzel Washington. Learn more and find out how to watch at AFI.com/MovieClub. #afialumni ...

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The @nbrfilm has weighed in and we are not surprised at all to see these talented AFI alums make the list. Looks like a very good year for film. #NBRawards #filmschool #AFIAlumni #AFIConservatory

BEST FILM
🏆 @licoricepizza
🎥 Michael Bauman (AFI Class of 1992), Cinematographer
🎥 @contactmelindasuegordon (AFI Class of 1980), Still Photographer

BEST DOCUMENTARY
🏆 @summerofsoulmovie
🎥 @stefanweinberger (Class of 2012), Additional Camera

TOP FILMS
🏆 @belfastmovie
🎥 @zambagram (AFI Class of 1994), Cinematographer

🏆 @dunemovie
🎥 Maricel Pagulayan (1991), Visual Effects Producer
🎥 @marylukasiewicz (2012), First Assistant Editor

🏆 @kingrichardfilm
🎥 Robert Elswit (Class of 1997), Cinematographer
🎥 Mauricio Abud Friederichsen (Class of 2019), Art Department Production Assistant
🎥 Emma Sparer (Class of 2017), Set Designer

🏆 @westsidestorymovie
🎥 Janusz Kaminski (AFI Class of 1987), Cinematographer
🎥 Sarah Broshar (AFI Class of 2005), Editor
🎥 Cindy Li (AFI Class of 2013), Assistant Payroll Accountant

🏆 THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
🎥 Michael Bauman (AFI Class of 1992), Gaffer


TOP 5 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS
🏆 @lambmovie
🎥 @saranassim (Class of 2015), Producer
🎥 @eliarenson (Class of 2015), Cinematographer

TOP 5 DOCUMENTARIES
@therescuefilm
🎥 @cgdop (AFI Class of 2009), Additional Photography

TOP 10 INDIE FILMS
🏆 @thecardcounter
🎥 Paul Schrader (Class of 1969), Writer/Director

🏆 @codamovie
🎥 @sianheder.director(AFI DWW Class of 2005), Director
🎥 @paulahuidobro (AFI Class of 2004), Cinematographer

🏆 #PigMovie
🎥 @brettwbachman (Class of 2011), Editor
🎥 S. Robyn Wilson (Class of 2012), Assistant Editor

🏆 @shivababymovie
🎥 @rhi.an.on (AFI Class of 2007), Producer
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Congrats to these AFI Alumni whose films won big at last night’s #GothamAwards! #AFIAlumni #AFIConservatory @thegotham

Best Feature
Best Screenplay
Outstanding Lead Performance
Breakthrough Director Award
🏆 @thelostdaughterfilm
🎥 Affonso Gonçalves (AFI Class of 1993), Editor

Breakthrough Series – Short Form
🏆 @rezdogsfxonhulu
🎥 @va5un (AFI Class of 2012), Editor

Outstanding Supporting Performance: Troy Kotsur
Breakthrough Performance: Emilia Jones
🏆@codamovie
🎥 @sianheder.director (AFI DWW Class of 2005), writer/director
🎥 @paulahuidobro (AFI Class of 2004), Cinematography

Outstanding Performance in a New Series: Ethan Hawke
🏆 @thegoodlordbird
🎥 @peter_deming (AFI Class of 1980), Cinematographer

Outstanding Performance in a New Series: Thuso Mbedu
🏆 @theugrailroadtv
🎥 Jacqueline Hoyt (AFI Class of 2002), Writer/Executive Producer
🎥 Marie Montgomery (AFI Class of 2011), Script Coordinator
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This is BIG! Congrats to @haleybartels, who is one of only five winners of @TheAcademy’s prestigious Nicholl Fellowship. #afialumni #aficonservatory #screenwriting #nichollfellowship ...

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There’s no one better to talk about what it’s like to attend AFI than the filmmakers who actually went to the #school. Join several of them this Saturday for this special Admissions event. RSVP at link in bio. #filmschool #aficonservatory #afi #afialumni #filmmaking ...

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📣 Calling all future editors! Join #AFIConservatory Editing alumna Shannon Baker Davis as she leads a conversation with Editing alumnae Katy Skjerping & Taylor Mason about their own careers as editors after graduating from AFI. Reserve your spot at link in bio. #afi #filmschool #editing #femalefilmmakerfriday #afialumni ...

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@baftala just announced their new class for the Newcomers and we’re proud that so many AFI Alumni are part of this great program. 🎉 🎉🎉 #afialumni

🌟@cami.bart
🌟@lola__blanche
🌟@olicohen
🌟@jorgegcamarena
🌟@melandzane
🌟@kim_kyungsok
🌟@lukosevicius
🌟@apederzoli
🌟@blancaballeste
🌟@guoguocricket
🌟@jojolamdop
🌟@dcarlomen
🌟@luxkaysen
🌟@andrasroder.dp
🌟@peiertracyshen
🌟@akankshashyam
🌟Nikolay Sysuev
🌟@nicolevb
🌟@pipkwhite
🌟@shimin_yong
🌟Yiming Zhao
🌟Maor Azran
🌟@omerbenshachar
🌟@dawar
🌟@chez_muriel
🌟@visselr

#BAFTATalent #AFIConservatory #AFI #filmmakers #filmschool #losangeles
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