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AFI Directing Workshop for Women Announces New Class of 2021

Congratulations to the eight new participants selected for the AFI Directing Workshop for Women Class of 2021: Michelle Krusiec, April Maxey, Mary Molina, April Moreau, Kelly Pike, Jessica Shields, Lucretia Stinnette and Em Weinstein. “We are thrilled to welcome these eight artists into the AFI family and can’t wait to see their unique stories on…

AFI Alums earn Oscar Noms

On January 13, 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards®.  Congratulations to the following AFI Conservatory alumni for their Oscar nominations: Scott Silver (AFI Class of 1992) Best Adapted Screenplay – JOKER Robert Richardson (AFI Class of 1979) Best Cinematography – ONCE UPON A TIME…IN…

AFI Alum Scott Silver Scores BAFTA and WGA Nominations for JOKER

Congratulations to AFI alum and Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter Scott Silver who received a BAFTA nomination and a WGA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing JOKER, alongside writer/director Todd Phillips. This marks his second BAFTA and WGA nominations, after he was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for THE FIGHTER in 2011. JOKER, which premiered at…

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…

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 Conservatory Application Deadline is December 1st!

Your best work starts here – as long as you submit your application on time! If you are considering applying to the AFI Conservatory or have already started your application, you already know that AFI is more than an academic experience in the art of moviemaking. At AFI, filmmaking comes first, and Fellows actively participate…

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