about afi


american film institute conservatory

 

At the world-renowned AFI 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.

 

notable alumni

  • Andrea Arnold (Directing '91)
    FISH TANK, RED ROAD

  • Darren Aronofsky (Directing '92) 
    BLACK SWAN, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM

  • David Lynch (Directing '70)
    BLUE VELVET, MULHOLLAND DRIVE, THE ELEPHANT MAN

  • Terrence Malick (Directing '69) 
    BADLANDS, THE TREE OF LIFE, THE THIN RED LINE

  • Sam Esmail (Directing '04)
    MR. ROBOT (also as creator/executive producer/writer), COMET (also as writer)

  • Pieter Jan Brugge (Producing '79) 
    HEAT, THE INSIDER

  • Anne Garefino (Producing '88) 
    SOUTH PARK (as executive producer), THE BOOK OF MORMON

  • Steve Golin (Producing '81) 
    BABEL, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, SPOTLIGHT, THE REVENANT

  • Brad Falchuk (Screenwriting '94) 
    AMERICAN HORROR STORY, GLEE, NIP/TUCK

  • Scott Frank (Screenwriting '84) 
    MINORITY REPORT, OUT OF SIGHT

  • Susannah Grant (Screenwriting '91) 
    ERIN BROCKOVICH, THE SOLOIST

  • Janusz Kamiński (Cinematography '87) 
    BRIDGE OF SPIES, SCHINDLER'S LIST, THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY

  • Matthew Libatique (Cinematography '92)
    IRON MAN, PI, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM

  • Wally Pfister (Cinematography '88) 
    BATMAN BEGINS, INCEPTION, MEMENTO

  • Robert Richardson (Cinematography '79)
    DJANGO UNCHAINED, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, SHUTTER ISLAND, THE HATEFUL EIGHT

  • Bryan Felty (Production Design '92) 
    BLACK MASS, THE HEAT (both as art director)

  • Andrew Max Cahn (Production Design '92) 
    THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PARTS 1 and 2, THE HANGOVER (both as art director)

  • Sharon Seymour (Production Design, '84) 
    ARGO, THE TOWN

  • Christopher Gay (Editing '06) 
    12 MONKEYS, MAD MEN

  • Affonso Gonçalves (Editing '93) 
    BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, CAROL, WINTER'S BONE

  • Steven Rosenblum (Cinematography '76) 
    BRAVEHEART, THE LAST SAMURAI (both as editor)