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Editing

Film Editng School in Los Angeles CA, Hollywood Film Editng Program

At the AFI Conservatory, Editing Fellows are always focused on storytelling while receiving expert-level training in the technical side of the editing process. Guided by experienced and award-winning Faculty, Editing Fellows collaborate in rotating teams with Fellows from the other disciplines, cutting three Cycle Films in their first year while also working as an assistant editor on another three projects.

In Year Two, Editing Fellows edit one Thesis Film and assist on another. Through the two-year hands-on training, Fellows develop creative partnerships with their colleagues, refine their storytelling skills, find their voice as artists and master the technical aspects of editing. Upon completing the AFI Conservatory MFA program, Editing Fellows also have a new demo reel to share with the industry.

Editing Fellows work on 8 films in 2 years.

“I think what sets AFI apart is the kind of level of professionalism that you’re required to operate at. When you look at the progression that I made at the beginning of the year and where I am professionally at the end of the first year, the difference is vast.”

–Oliver Harwood
AFI Editing Class of 2013

Learn from the Masters

AFI also brings your favorite master storytellers to campus to deliver personal, inspiring guest lectures and enlightening seminars. They’ll share their personal experiences and answer your questions about the filmmaking process.

“My editorial philosophy is every frame matters.”

–AFI Editing faculty member Matt Friedman as told to Filmmaker Magazine

Alumni Editors Include:

Sarah Broshar
  • THE POST
  • READY PLAYER ONE
Affonso Gonçalves
  • CAROL
  • BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Andrew Seklir
  • WESTWORLD
  • FARGO
Byron Smith
  • HOUSE OF CARDS
  • TRUE DETECTIVE
Daniel Gabbe
  • GOTHAM
  • VERONICA MARS
Kyla Plewes
  • CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND
Katy Skjerping
  • GREY’S ANATOMY
  • THE GOOD WIFE
Eli Nilsen
  • EMPIRE
  • THE CLOSER
Garrett Price
  • NASHVILLE
  • JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE
Jonathan Alberts
  • 45 YEARS
  • LIKE CRAZY
“AFI let me learn from the best in the field and put me alongside gifted peers with an incredible work ethic.”

–Affonso Gonçalves
CAROL | BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

“AFI Conservatory named to 2021 list of the Best Film Schools in the U.S. and Canada.”

–MovieMaker

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