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At the world-renowned American Film Institute Conservatory, a dedicated group of working professionals from the film and television communities serve as mentors in a hands-on, production-based environment nurturing the talents of tomorrow's storytellers. The Conservatory is consistently recognized as one of the world’s top film schools. 

 

With an emphasis on narrative visual storytelling and personal expression, each class breaks into teams that mirror a real production environment. Those teams collaborate on and produce more films than any other graduate level film program. Established in 1969, the two-year Master of Fine Arts program provides training in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. 

 

Admission to AFI Conservatory is highly selective, with a maximum of only 140 graduates per year. AFI alumni continually celebrate critical recognition, including wins at the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, and Grand Prizes at the Cannes Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival making one of the most rewarded film school in the world.

Three AFI Thesis Films won a 2019 Student Academy Award in the Narrative category for Domestic Film Schools.

NOTABLE ALUMNI

 

DIRECTING

Terrence Malick l directing 

BADLANDS, THE TREE OF LIFE, THE THIN RED LINE 

Paul Schrader l directing 

RAGING BULL, TAXI DRIVER (both as writer) 

 

David Lynch l directing 

BLUE VELVET, MULHOLLAND DRIVE, THE ELEPHANT MAN 

Andrea Arnold l directing

FISH TANK, RED ROAD, AMERICAN HONEY, TRANSPARENT

Darren Aronofsky l directing

BLACK SWAN, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, THE WRESTLER, NOAH, PI 

Patty Jenkins l directing 

WONDER WOMAN, MONSTER

CINEMATOGRAPHY

 

Robert Richardson l cinematography 

DJANGO UNCHAINED, INGLOURIOUS BASTARDS, SHUTTER ISLAND, THE HATEFUL EIGHT 

Rachel Morrison | cinematography

MUDBOUND, BLACK PANTHER, FRUITVIALE STATION

Robert Elswit | cinematography

THERE WILL BE BLOOD, BOOGIE NIGHTS, GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK​

Janus Kaminski | cinematography

SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, SCHINDLER'S LIST, LINCOLN, READY PLAYER ONE​

 

Matthew Libatique | cinematography 

IRON MAN, PI, A STAR IS BORN

Wally Pfister| cinematography

INCEPTION, THE DARK KNIGHT

PRODUCING

Steve Golin | producing 

BABEL, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, SPOTLIGHT, THE REVENANT 

David Gross | producing

ROOM, GOON: THE LAST OF THE ENFORCERS, WHAT IF, GOON, KIN

Eric Watson | producing

REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, THE FOUNTAIN, PI, AFTERMATH, VIRGINIA

SCREENWRITING

 John Shiban l screenwriting

BREAKING BAD, THE X-FILES

David Arata | screenwriting

CHILDREN OF MEN, SPY GAME

Scott Frank | screenwriting

MINORITY REPORT, OUT OF SIGHT, THE LOOKOUT, LOGAN

EDITING

Victor Du Bois | editing

THE LAST SAMURAI, GREY'S ANATOMY, I'M DYING UP HERE, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

Affonso Gonçalves | editing

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, TRUE DETECTIVE, WINTER'S BONE, CAROL

Andrew Max Cahn | production design

UP IN THE AIR, THE HANGOVER, THIS IS 40, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS (all as Art Director)

Sharon Seymour | production design

THE TOWN, THE IDEAS OF MARCH, ARGO, GONE BABY GONE, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, BAD SANTA