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, Tony Awards, and Grand Prizes at the Cannes Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival.
NOTABLE AFI ALUMNI
David Lynch - The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive
Terrence Malick - The Thin Red Line, Tree of Life, Badlands
Darren Aronofsky - Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Wrestler
Edward Zwick - Glory, Blood Diamond
Steve Golin - Babel, Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine
Paul Schrader - Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Last Temptation of Christ
Peter Jan Brugge - Heat, The Insider
Wally Pfister - Memento, The Dark Knight, Inception
Andrea Arnold - Fish Tank, Wuthering Heights
Janusz Kamiński - Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Munich
Matthew Libatique - Iron Man, Noah, The Fountain
Robert Richardson - Platoon, Inglourious Bastards, Shutter Island
Robert Elswit - There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, Boogie Nights
Steven Rosenblum - Braveheart, The Last Samurai