Educating Tomorrow's Storytellers



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.

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.

With an emphasis on narrative visual storytelling, personal expression, and professional production standards, Fellows collaborate to make more films than any other graduate level program. Admission to AFI Conservatory is highly selective, with a maximum of only 140 graduates per year.


Notable Alumni


Darren Aronofsky

Director – Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan

Terrence Malick

Director – Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life

Wally Pfister

Cinematographer – Memento, The Dark Knight, Inception

Robert Richardson

Cinematographer – Platoon, Django Unchained

Christopher Gay

Editor – Mad Men, CSI:NY

Howard Smith

Editor – The Abyss, Glengarry Glen Ross

Franco Giacomo-Carbone

Production Designer – The Expendables, Hostel

Todd Cherniawsky

Production Designer – Avatar (Art Director), Alice In Wonderland (Art Director)

Sharon Seymour

Production Designer – The Town, The Ides of March

Affonso Gonçalves

Editor – Winter’s Bone, Night Catches Us

Frank Reynolds

Editor – In The Bedroom, In Search Of A Midnight Kiss

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