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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 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…

Susan Ruskin Named Dean of AFI Conservatory

The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the appointment of producer and educator Susan Ruskin as Dean of the AFI Conservatory. Ruskin will lead AFI’s world-class, graduate film-training program, working alongside a celebrated faculty to continue the traditions of excellence that have defined the AFI Conservatory since its inception 50 years ago. Ruskin will also…

The AFI DOCS Interview: IN THE ABSENCE With Director Yi Seung-Jun

When the passenger ferry MV Sewol sank off the coast of South Korea in 2014, more than 300 people lost their lives, most of them schoolchildren. Years later, the victims’ families and survivors are still demanding justice from national authorities. Yi Seung-Jun’s work focuses on the life of unseen minorities, which has informed his signature…

The AFI DOCS Interview: RECORDER: THE MARION STOKES PROJECT With Director Matt Wolf

Beginning with the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979, Marion Stokes secretly recorded television 24 hours a day at a time when networks did not systematically archive the news. Stokes was a fierce activist, motivated by truth and freedom, and after she began working in television, she quickly recognized the influence media had on society. As…

The AFI DOCS Interview: AUTONOMY With Director Alex Horowitz

AUTONOMY explores the history of automated cars and the impact this technology will have on our society. As the value of our time has changed, it is unavoidable that automation affects the economics of our everyday life. Executive-produced by Malcolm Gladwell, AUTONOMY asks questions about who will benefit most from this technology, and about the…

The AFI DOCS Interview: ERNIE & JOE With Director Jenifer McShane

Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro are not typical police officers. Dressed in polo shirts and slacks, guns out of view, the two approach each emergency call with the intent of defusing situations without force and helping those in need. They are part of the San Antonio Police Department’s Mental Health Unit, founded to confront the…

The AFI DOCS Interview: SWEETHEART DANCERS With Director Ben-Alex Dupris

Sean and Adrian are a Two-Spirit couple determined to rewrite the rules of Native-American culture through their participation in the Sweetheart Dance. This celebratory contest is held at powwows across the country, primarily for heterosexual couples, until now. We spoke with director Ben-Alex Dupris about his film. SWEETHEART DANCERS plays as part of the Shorts…

The AFI DOCS Interview: AFTER PARKLAND With Directors Jake Lefferman and Emily Taguchi

AFTER PARKLAND is not a film about victims, but, rather, a heartfelt portrayal of people using their grief and anger as fuel to move forward, heal and, for some, fight to change the world. The 2018 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School left a community in shock, searching for the balance between wanting to be…

The AFI DOCS Interview: CHASING THE MOON With Director Robert Stone

50 years after Neil Armstrong’s “one small step,” CHASING THE MOON chronicles America’s audacious and difficult race to the moon. Using exclusively archival footage — much of which has never before been public — this exceptional series re-contextualizes the social and historical importance of the Space Age and the sheer wonder of the moon landing…

AFI and Russo Brothers’ AGBO Films Partner for Inaugural Development Grant

AFI, in partnership with AGBO Films, has announced Angela Chen (AFI Directing Class of 2018) as the recipient of the inaugural AGBO/AFI Conservatory Development Grant. This new program awards $25,000 to a recent AFI Conservatory graduate to develop at least one project, with year-long mentorship from AGBO. Chen will receive the grant for her project TRIAD…

The AFI DOCS Interview: MADE IN BOISE With Director Beth Aala

Four women find purpose carrying babies for strangers in the conservative heartland of Boise, Idaho — the unregulated and unofficial “surrogacy capital” of the United States. As the surrogacy industry booms globally, MADE IN BOISE tells the story of a community of women risking their own health for humanity’s sake and the emotional complications that…
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