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Alex Michaelides On Writing “The Silent Patient,” Uma Thurman’s Advice & Plan B Optioning the Movie Rights

When Alex Michaelides (AFI Class of 2004) released his first novel “The Silent Patient” earlier this year, he not only had a taut and spellbinding psychological thriller on his hands, but also a hit novel that debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Sellers List. Michaelides studied English literature at Cambridge University, received…

AFI Alumni Shortlisted for Academy Awards

Congratulations to the AFI thesis film MILLER & SON which has been shortlisted for an Academy Award® in the Live Action Short Film category! It was just two months ago that MILLER AND SON director Asher Jelinsky (AFI Class of 2018) won a Gold Medal at the Student Academy Awards®. And STAY CLOSE, a labor…

Television Academy Honors AFI Conservatory Thesis Films

Another proud moment for AFI Conservatory Alumni! Two AFI thesis films – THEY WON’T LAST and BALLON – received nominations from the Television Academy’s 40th Annual College Television Awards for excellence in college student-produced films. And  the AFI film FORT IRWIN was named as the recipient of the 2020 Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship….

AFI Alumni Receive Grants for Directing and Screenwriting Achievement

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 AFI Alumni Awards! AFI Alumni Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in directing and screenwriting, were awarded to the following members of the Class of 2018 during a private alumni reception at this year’s AFI FEST presented by Audi. Omer Ben-Shachar received a Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence…

AFI Faculty Matt Friedman Earns Eddie Nom for THE FAREWELL

The American Cinema Editors (ACE) announced its nominees for the 70th Annual ACE Eddie Awards for outstanding editing. Congratulations to AFI faculty member Matt Friedman who earned a Best Edited Feature Film nomination for his work on THE FAREWELL. “One of my overriding goals, and something that I say in virtually every class I teach…

AFI Alumni Projects Feted by Golden Globes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association just announced the nominations for the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Congrats to these film and TV programs on their Golden Globe nominations and the AFI Alumni who helped bring them to the big and small screens!   Best Motion Picture – Animated THE LION KING Caleb Deschanel (AFI…

Stand With AFI and Your Donation Will Be Matched

As we head into 2020, there has never been a more critical time to support storytelling that strengthens the cultural fabric of our communities. By being a part of the dialyp.community, you have already declared that you believe in the revolutionary power of visual storytelling to share perspective, inspire empathy and drive culture forward….

AFI Alumni at Sundance 2020

Sundance Film Festival announced their 2020 lineup and we’re proud of the many alumni who will be representing the AFI Conservatory in Park City!⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Here is the full list of the 28 alumni and their 23 films that will be screening at Sundance 2020: ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ PALM SPRINGS⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Director: Max Barbakow (Class of 2015)⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Screenwriter:  Andy…

AFI Bids Farewell to STAR TREK Maverick, D.C. Fontana

Earlier this week, the AFI Conservatory lost a dedicated faculty member and Hollywood lost a trailblazing writer with the passing of D.C. Fontana. She was the first female writer for STAR TREK and wrote 11 episodes of the original series, which ran for three seasons from 1966-69. She co-wrote the pilot for STAR TREK: THE…

Alumni Matching Challenge Needs You!

A very generous AFI alumnus has stepped forward to issue a challenge to raise $25,000 from AFI alumni by December 31. If we are successful in this Alumni Scholarship Challenge, this anonymous donor will match those gifts dollar for dollar! By donating to the Challenge, you will be making a difference for people like alumni…

AFI AWARDS 2019 Honorees Announced

Today, AFI announced the recipients of the 2019 AFI AWARDS.  The honorees include 10 outstanding films and 10 outstanding TV programs deemed culturally and artistically representative of this year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image. Now in its 20th year, AFI AWARDS is the only national program that honors creative teams…

AFI FEST 2019 Announces Audience and Jury Awards, 2020 Dates

AFI FEST 2019 presented by Audi announced today the films that received this year’s Jury and Audience awards. The Shorts section, which included 40 films from filmmakers from all over the world showcasing their distinct international viewpoints, was the only juried section of the festival. The Grand Jury Award winners for Live Action and Animated…

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