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AFI Member Spotlight: Elika Portnoy on Producing and Premiering NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS at Sundance

Producer and AFI National Council member Elika Portnoy’s critically acclaimed new film NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS follows a teenage girl and her best friend’s perilous journey from their native Pennsylvania to New York City to obtain an abortion. Directed by indie auteur Eliza Hittman, the film recently premiered at Sundance and is set to be…

Did you know? This Film Was The First Onscreen Representation Of African-American Intimacy

Did you know? SOMETHING GOOD-NEGRO KISS, released in either 1898 or 1903, is believed to be the first onscreen representation of African-American intimacy. When the film was rediscovered in 2017 and entered into the National Film Registry in 2018, it showed a significant contrast to the racist and caricatured representations of black culture that were…

AFI Directing Alum Zoé Wittock on her Sundance Feature JUMBO

AFI Alum Zoé Wittock (Directing, Class of 2010) is set to debut her feature film JUMBO at Sundance 2020. The film follows a shy young woman who develops an intense relationship with the amusement park ride. Wittock joins over 25 other AFI Alumni with projects at Sundance 2020. Watch Wittock discuss the inspiration for her…

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 Angélica 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…

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…

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…

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 33 alumni and their 26 projects that will be screening at Sundance 2020: ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ PALM SPRINGS⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Director: Max Barbakow (Class of 2015)⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Screenwriter:  Andy…

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