2019 – American Film Insititute

AFI Welcomes Class of 2021 and Jeffrey Katzenberg to Campus

On Opening Day, AFI CEO & President Bob Gazzale and Dean Susan Ruskin welcomed 137 first year Fellows, who will embark on their two-year filmmaker training at the AFI Conservatory. The Conservatory is commemorating the 50th anniversary since it first opened its doors on September 23, 1969, with an inaugural class that included master filmmakers…

Applications Open for Screen Australia-Onbass Fellowship to Attend AFI

For the second year in a row, screen industry veteran and philanthropist Greg Basser and his wife Kiera O’Neill will generously award the Screen Australia-Onbass Fellowship to an Australian citizen or permanent resident to attend the AFI Conservatory. Basser has been a long-time supporter of the Australian screen industry, and has been instrumental in building…

AFI Member Spotlight: Deborah Goodrich Royce

Deborah Goodrich Royce has enjoyed an unusual career path — from soap-opera screen actress to Miramax story editor to arthouse-theater owner and, now, to novelist. Her debut book “Finding Mrs. Ford,” a literary page-turner about an affluent New England woman whose privilege is upended by the appearance of a man from her past, recently released…

Pippa Bianco Discusses the Evolution of Making SHARE and Directing HBO’s Hit Series EUPHORIA

It’s been a busy summer for AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) alumna Pippa Bianco, the talented, rising filmmaker who adapted her Cannes-winning DWW short SHARE into her first feature film. Produced and financed by A24, the film world-premiered at Sundance, where it was quickly scooped up by HBO. In the critically celebrated, riveting and…

AFI Directing Workshop For Women Now Accepting Applications for 2020

The landmark AFI Directing Workshop for Women opens its applications today for the Class of 2021. Each year, this renowned program provides eight gifted directors with immersive training and the necessary tools and support to complete a short film or digital series. The workshop experience includes classes in screen directing, professional development resources and inroads to…

Congrats to AFI’s 2019 Emmy®-Nominated Alumni!

This morning at the 71st Emmy® Awards announcement, AFI Conservatory alumni garnered eight nominations for their outstanding contributions in television. Announced at The Wolf Theatre at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center, these nominations represent a culturally diverse slate of groundbreaking television programming. AFI alumni earned nominations for critically-acclaimed work, ranging from INSECURE shot by…

AFI FEST 2019 Call for Entries Closes Friday, July 12

The final deadline for submitting films to AFI FEST 2019 presented by Audi is Friday, July 12. Filmmakers are invited to submit feature, documentary, experimental, animated and short films at AFI.com/AFIFEST or through FilmFreeway until 11:59 P.M. PST on Friday. Films can be fiction shorts (under 30 minutes), nonfiction shorts (under 40 minutes) and feature…

AFI Alum Ari Aster on His Terrifying, Personal New Film MIDSOMMAR

Ari Aster’s (AFI Class of 2010) critically acclaimed new folk horror film MIDSOMMAR is both hilarious and horrifying — and if you’ve ever gone through a soul-crushing breakup, or stayed in a toxic relationship for too long, or spent a summer vacation in Sweden with a paganist death cult, then you can probably relate to…

AFI Directing Workshop for Women Alumna Valerie Weiss Talks Being Ready to Helm a Studio Franchise and Her Unconventional Path to Hollywood

Valerie Weiss’ experience as a scientist-turned-filmmaker has served as an unconventional springboard as she sets her sights on directing within the Hollywood studio system. She discovered her passion for directing while majoring in Molecular Biology at Princeton and minoring in theater and dance. “For the first time I felt like my intellectual side and my…

Announcing AFI DOCS 2019 Award Winners

The American Film Institute has announced the AFI DOCS 2019 Award Winners, concluding the five-day festival supported by Presenting Sponsor AT&T in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD.  The festival’s Audience Award for Best Feature went to CHASING THE MOON, directed by Robert Stone.  The Audience Award for Best Short went to ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN,…

The AFI DOCS Interview: SCENES FROM A DRY CITY With Directors François Verster and Simon Woods

SCENES FROM A DRY CITY plays as part of the Shorts Program at AFI DOCS at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD on Friday, June 21 and at the Landmark E Street Cinema in Washington DC on Sunday, June 23. Buy tickets to the screening here. Gripped by a fear of drought, SCENES FROM A…

The AFI DOCS Interview: Guggenheim Honoree Freida Lee Mock on Her New Ruth Bader Ginsburg Film

Each year, the AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors a master of documentary film. AFI is proud to recognize the exceptional career of filmmaker Freida Lee Mock as the 2019 Guggenheim honoree. Demonstrating a remarkable range of subject matter, Freida Lee Mock has, for more than three decades, been one of America's greatest cinematic biographers. From MAYA...
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