ABOUT AFI

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.

Educating Tomorrow’s Storytellers…Today

NOTABLE ALUMNI

PRODUCING 

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

DIRECTING 

Andrea Arnold (Directing '91) - FISH TANK, RED ROAD, AMERICAN HONEY  

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

Patty Jenkins (Directing '00) - WONDER WOMAN, MONSTER (also as writer)  

SCREENWRITING

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  

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) 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

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

EDITING

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) 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

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