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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.


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.


Alumni Recognition

Last Five Years

After their film school training, AFI filmmakers go on to make enormous cultural impact that resonates and endures far beyond the halls of the Conservatory.

Academy Awards®



Emmy Awards®


Major Festivals

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

Updated as of Mar. 28, 2022

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

52%are women
49%are American filmmakers of color
37%are international

Updated as of Feb. 3, 2022


Talent attracts talent! Congrats to AFI Alum @randy.mckinnon who created the new podcast #TheProphecyxAudible starring @kerrywashington, Laurence Fishburne, @davidoyelowo, @danieldaekim, @asabopp and @stevepasquale. Be sure to check it out July 28th. #AFIConservatory #Podcasts @SimpsonStreet @audible @qcodemedia ...

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Congratulations to Julia Corcoran, the 2022 recipient of the Screen Australia-AAA-Onbass Fellowship. We’re thankful to have such great partners in @ScreenAustralia, the Onbass Family Trust and the @_AAAUSA who continue to provide pathways for gifted filmmakers from around the world to study at the #AFIConservatory. Julia, we’ll see you this fall! ...

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We couldn’t be prouder of directors on the rise @jalmercaceres (AFI Class of 2020) and @cara.inwonderland (AFI Class of 2017) who are premiering their new films at @Tribeca as part of the #RisingVoices Initiative!

And congrats to all the AFI Alums who brought the program’s 10 films to life. #TribecaFilmFestival #AFIConservatory

⭐️ @constanzacastro (AFI Class of 2015), IRV Mentor and Executive Producer
⭐️ Salvador Pérez García (AFI Class of 2015), Supervising Editor
⭐️ @sophie_8793, (AFI Class of 2021), Producer
⭐️ @pinchunliu (AFI Class of 2013), Producer
⭐️ @astoldbygem (AFI Class of 2021), Producer
⭐️ @veronica.bouza (AFI Class of 2020), Cinematographer
⭐️ @robertlhunter (AFI Class of 2020), Cinematographer
⭐️ @oli_segarra (AFI Class of 2020), Cinematographer
⭐️ @azariahbjorvig (AFI Class of 2020), Cinematographer
⭐️ @benjidelldp (AFI Class of 2015), Cinematographer
⭐️ @salma_rina (AFI Class of 2021), Production Designer
⭐️ @lily_judge (AFI Class of 2020), Editor
⭐️ Guangping "Ben" Niu (AFI Class of 2021), Editor
⭐️ @mengyaomiazhang (AFI Class of 2020), Editor
⭐️ David Kabisch (AFI Class of 2017), Editor
⭐️ @marioandrewfierro (AFI Class of 2020), Editor
⭐️ @yhkcw (AFI Class of 2020), Editor
⭐️ @maozekun (AFI Class of 2017), Editor
⭐️ @aashishdmello (AFI Class of 2017), Editor
⭐️ @luodaweixiao (AFI Class of 2020), Assistant Editor
⭐️ @yuchuan_xing (AFI Class of 2021), Producer

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Yesterday, the AFI community celebrated the newly built AFI Conservatory Lawrence Herbert Alumni Center, a dedicated space on the AFI Campus for Alumni to gather for networking and career enrichment events and meetings. AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale & AFI Conservatory Dean & AFI EVP Susan Ruskin welcomed guest of honor and AFI Trustee Emeritus Lawrence Herbert, and the attendees, which included AFI Alumni Council Chair Marshall Herskovitz (AFI Class of 1975) and AFI Alumni Council Founding Members Deniese Davis (AFI Class of 2012), Unjoo Moon (AFI Class of 1998), and Alessandro Uzielli (AFI Class of 1989).

When the Center opens this fall, its programs will provide career development resources for AFI Alumni, engage AFI’s powerful network of mentors to support AFI Alumni and champion the global accomplishments of Alumni. #aficonservatory #afialumni

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All eyes were on #Watcher writer/director #ChloeOkuno’s feature debut this weekend, but we’ve been watching her career since she made her 2014 AFI thesis film #Slut. Chloe made the short with her Watcher collaborators Benjamin Kirk Nielsen and editor Michael Block – while they were all at AFI. View the short film for free right now at link in bio. #aficonservatory #afialumni #watchermovie ...

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Here’s #AFIConservatory alum and Oscar-winning cinematographer @janusz_kaminski talking about filming yesterday’s powerful #getthepicture film - #SchindlersList. Watch the video, then go to to play today’s clue. #afimovieclub ...

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Thank you to the CAA Moebius Film Festival for once again spotlighting the work of diverse, graduate filmmakers. Congratulations to the AFI grads and all the talented directors involved in this program. #aficonservatory #filmmakers #directors #caamoebius ...

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We’re so happy to see the #CAAMoebiusFilmFestival return as an in-person event this year, and even happier to see that these AFI thesis films & AFI filmmakers will be celebrated. 🎥 🎉 #aficonservatory #studentfilms @creativeartistsagency

(All AFI Class of 2020)
@damianaacuna, Writer/Director
@airudolph, Producer
@olivipilivi, Cinematographer
@marioandrewfierro, Editor
@mollymoses16, Production Designer

(All AFI Class of 2021)
@yvonneofthe, Writer/Director
@s.f.hartley , Producer
@the_other_meg_white, Cinematographer
Marina Pérez Ramírez, Prod. Designer
@jess_underwater, Editor
Rebecca Leo, Story Editor

@mikewsky_ (Class of 2021), Writer/Director
@yukyshen (Class of 2021), Producer
@max_hershy (Class of 2021), Story Editor
@pzamoran (Class of 2021), Producer
@enricosilvadp (Class of 2021), Cinematographer
@joe_kingstagram (Class of 2021), Editor
Simon Gao (Class of 2021), Prod. Designer
Rui Arichika (Class of 2021), Gaffer
William Christensen (Class of 2016), Steadicam
Oli Cohen (Class of 2021), Best Electric
Guanting Du (Class of 2021), Key Grip
@noamklement (Class of 2021), Asst Editor
@jess_underwater (Class of 2021), Asst Editor
@cubittdaniel (Class of 2021), Prod Asst

@daniel.j.egbert (Class of 2021), Writer/Director
@gg_lling (Class of 2021), Producer
@bellafinn Parisot (Class of 2021), Cinematographer
@peterlejuend (Class of 2021), Editor
@abvanced (Class of 2022), Prod. Designer
@gina_gtz92 (Class of 2022), Art Director
Cyrum Ramirez Zaldivar (Class of 2022), Set Decoration
@nikki.mejia (Class of 2021), 2nd Assistant Director
@vihdio (Class of 2021), 2nd Assistant Director
@michaeldsaburov (Class of 2020), 1st Assistant Director
@simongao0630 (Class of 2021), Set Dresser
@peterlejuend (Class of 2021), Storyboard Artist
@simmayyy (Class of 2022), Set Dresser
Eva Neuwirth (Class of 2021), Set Dresser
Marina Pérez Ramírez (Class of 2021), Swing
Joss Utting (Class of 2021), Set Dresser
@ruiarichika (Class of 2021), Best Girl Electric
@bholden19 (Class of 2021), 1st Asst Camera
@hlipnick (Class of 2021), Gaffer
@noamklement (Class of 2021), Asst Editor

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What better way to celebrate AAPI Heritage month than by shining a light on PACHINKO writer Franklin Rho (AFI Class of 2004). Rho and his collaborators have created a show that redefines who gets to be the hero onscreen and we’re here for it. #aapiheritagemonth #heroes #Pachinko #afispotlight #aficonservatory ...

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Representation matters! Couldn’t be prouder to partner with @NosotrosOrg and the #ThisIsUs family to create an #AFIConservatory scholarship for emerging Latinx writers! #Nosotros #SomosNosotrosFund #WeAreNosotros ...

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We’re only one month away from the @festivaldecannes! So many great films screening this year, but at the top of our must-see list are these films from AFI Conservatory alumni. #afialumni #cannesfilmfestival #aficonservatory #cannes

🎥 #CrimesOfTheFuture
Thorsten Schumacher (AFI Class of 2001), Executive Producer

🎥 #DecisionToLeave
Ji-yong Kim (AFI Class of 2003), Cinematographer

🎥 #Elvis
Jeremy Doner (AFI Class of 1994), Writer

🎥 @topgunmovie
Claudia Ethridge (AFI Class of 2018), Art Department Assistant
hollydorfflong (AFI Class of 1999), ADR Voice Casting

🎥 #Corsage
Gottlieb Pallendorf (AFI Class of 1994), Production Manager

🎥 #TheStranger
Thorsten Schumacher (AFI Class of 2001), Executive Producer: Rocket Science
Lars Sylvest (AFI Class of 1999), Executive Producer: Rocket Science

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Yesterday’s #GetThePicture image was @Clueless. Did you get it right? Watch this clip of #AFIConservatory alum @AmyHeckerling talk about how she cast @AliciaSilverstone and @PaulRudd_ in the iconic '90s comedy, then go to to play today’s #GetThePicture game. #AFIMovieClub ...

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These writers are ready. 💪 Learn more about each of these AFI screenwriters and their original pilot scripts at link in bio. #aficonservatory #afialumni #screenwriting #afi ...

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