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Film School in Los Angeles CA, Best Film School Hollywood, AFI Conservatory

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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Film School in Los Angeles CA, Best Film School Hollywood, AFI Conservatory

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 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®

11
Nominations

3
Wins

Emmy Awards®

96
Nominations
15
Wins

Major Festivals

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

Festivals updated as of Mar. 28, 2022

Awards updated as of Sept. 16, 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 301 Year 1 and Year 2 Fellows currently enrolled at the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles:

60%are women
50%of the domestic Fellows are filmmakers of color
44%are international

Updated as of Aug. 19, 2022

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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.

#AFICONSERVATORY

Two queens came to talk about their film #TheWomanKing and we loved every minute of their amazing conversation on filmmaking. @Gpbmadeit @pollymorgan #afialumni #aficonservatory #filmmaking #filmschool ...

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Watch writer/director @lenadunham talk about the editing process in this clip from her seminar at the #AFIConservatory on her latest film, #catherinecalledbirdy. You can hear the entire conversation by following the link in the bio. #filmmaking #editing #lenadunham #catherinecalledbirdy ...

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We were happy to host the talented filmmaker JD Dillard at the AFI Campus for a screening of his new film #DEVOTION. You won’t want to miss this inspiring true story, now in theaters! #filmschool #guestlecture #seminar #aficonservatory ...

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Thank you Miles Warren for bringing your #AFIFEST favorite, #Bruiser, to campus and talking shop with our Fellows. #filmschool #guestlecture #seminar #aficonservatory @mileswarren21 ...

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Always grateful for our exceptional Alumni at the #AFIConservatory! Congrats to the AFI filmmakers who were nominated for @filmindependent #SpiritAwards this week.

Best Feature
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
⭐️ @maozekun (AFI Class of 2017), Assistant Editor
⭐️ @aashishdmello (AFI Class of 2017), Assistant Editor
⭐️ @makkystyle (AFI Class of 2005), Executive Producer

TÁR
⭐️ Todd Field (AFI Class of 1992), Director/Producer/ Writer
⭐️ Ray Harvie (AFI Class of 1992), Storyboard Artist

Best Director
TÁR
⭐️ Todd Field (AFI Class of 1992), Director/Producer/ Writer

Best Screenplay
TÁR
⭐️ Todd Field (AFI Class of 1992), Director/Producer/ Writer

Best First Feature
EMILY THE CRIMINAL
⭐️ @johnpattonford (AFI Class of 2009), Writer/Director
⭐️ @jeffbierman (AFI Class of 2009), Cinematographer

THE INSPECTION
⭐️ @eriklouisrobert (AFI Class of 2014), Production Designer
⭐️ @gottahavekunk (AFI Class of 2014), Art Director

PALM TREES AND POWER LINES
⭐️ @rhi.an.on (AFI Class of 2007), Executive Producer
⭐️ @shimin_yong (AFI Class of 2020), Art Director

John Cassavetes Award
A LOVE SONG
⭐️ Affonso Gonçalves (AFI Class of 1993), Editor

HOLY EMY (AGIA EMY)
⭐️ @callieandreadis (AFI Class of 2011), Production Designer
⭐️ @chryssanthy_k (Class of 2012), Art Director Prep

Best Editing
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
⭐️ @maozekun (AFI Class of 2017), Assistant Editor
⭐️ @aashishdmello (AFI Class of 2017), Assistant Editor

Best International Film
CORSAGE
⭐️ @gottlieb_pallendorf (AFI Class of 1994), Line Producer/Production Manager
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Producer extraordinaire Deniese Davis continues her Hollywood takeover. We can’t wait to see what projects she creates alongside Tyler Perry. #afialumni #aficonservatory #deniesedavis #producing ...

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The AFI community and Dean Susan Ruskin turned out last night to celebrate one of our own. Don’t miss the opportunity to see director/writer/producer Todd Field’s (AFI Class of 1992) recent release, @TarMovie. #afialumni #tar #toddfield #aficonservatory ...

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Mobolaji Olambiwonnu (AFI Class of 2001) has been named as a participant in the inaugural The Documentary Development Initiative, which bolsters filmmakers who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and/or those with disabilities. Can’t wait to see the projects to come out of this great program! #aficonservatory #afialumni #representationmatters #hbodocumentaryfilms ...

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#TheDaniels are everywhere these days. We’re happy they stopped by the AFI Campus to talk about everything, including their latest movie, filmmaking and the incredible Michelle Yeoh – sometimes all at once! #filmschool #guestlecture #seminar #aficonservatory #everythingeverywhereallatonce ...

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What roaring good news! Congratulations to cinematographer Autumn Durald Arkapaw (AFI Class of 2009) and everyone else who was involved in the making of this amazing film. #blackpantherwakandaforever #afialumni #aficonservatory #cinematographers ...

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AFI Alum Gia-Rayne Harris (Class of 2021) has been accepted to @nbculaunch’s TV Directors Program and Female Forward initiative. A big congrats to her on being named to the 2022-2023 cohort! #AFIConservatory #UnderrepresentedDirectors #WomenInFilm @giarayne ...

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All in a day’s work for these talented AFI Alums…

☑️ Make an award-winning short
☑️ Screen as part of the Shorts Program at #AFIFEST
☑️ Enlist a living legend to come on board as Executive Producer

Next stop…Academy Awards? Don’t miss your chance to see this incredible film this Saturday at #AFIFEST, as part of Shorts Program 1. Tickets at Fest.AFI.com.

@wherekingsreign (AFI Class of 2020) Writer/Director
@eyeamduran (Class of 2021), Producer
@tari.wariebi (AFI Class of 2020), Associate Producer
@robertlhunter (Class of 2020), Cinematographer
@cami.bart (Class of 2020) Editor
@frvr310 (Class of 2020), Production Designer
@lelo.films (AFI CIW Class of 2022), First Assistant Camera

#spikelee #aficonservatory #filmschool #shortfilm
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It’s been quite a year for @jennkaytin! So great to have her stop by AFI with incredible filmmaking insight into not only writing #Thor: Love and Thunder but also writing and directing the dark comedy #DoRevenge. #aficonservatory #filmmaking #filmschool #jenniferkaytinrobinson ...

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