The American Film Institute Conservatory is a world-renowned, highly selective film MFA program based in Los Angeles, California. Known for its hands-on, collaborative approach and emphasis on story, the AFI nurtures authentic voices and integrous leadership. In 2020, the AFI was ranked the #1 US film school (Hollywood Reporter, “Top 25 Film Schools in America).

Established in 1969, the program provides intensive training across six disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting.

The thesis film is the final achievement of a Fellow’s 2-year journey at the AFI.

Notable alumni include:

David Lynch - Directing (Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive)

Andrea Arnold - Directing (Fish Tank, American Honey)

Terrence Malick - Directing (Badlands, The Tree of Life)

Melina Matsoukas - Cinematography (Queen & Slim)

Julie Dash - Directing (Daughters of the Dust)

Darren Aronofsky - Directing (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream)

Patty Jenkins - (Wonder Woman, Monster)

Rachel Morrison - Cinematography (Mudbound, Black Panther)

Paul Schrader - Directing (First Reformed, American Gigolo)


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