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 oftomorrow'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 AFI Alumni include:

David Lynch (Dir.) Mulholland Drive
Terrence Mallick (Dir.) Tree Of Life, The Thin Red Line
Ed Zwick (Dir.) The Last Samurai
Darren Aranofsky (Dir.) Black Swan, The Wrestler
Patty Jenkins (Dir.) Monster
Susannah Grant (Scr.) Erin Brockovich
Paul Schrader (Scr.) Taxi Driver
Brad Falchuk (Scr.) Glee
Wally Pfister (Cin.) Inception, The Dark Knight
Robert Richardson (Cin.) Kill Bill Vol I and II
Caleb Deschanel (Cin.) American Beauty
Janusz Kaminski (Cin.) Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List
Robert Elswit (Cin.) There Will Be Blood
Howard Smith (Edit.) The Abyss
Steven Rosenblum (Edit.) Blood Diamond, Braveheart
Jay L. Cassidy (Edit.) Into the Wild
Steve Golin (Pro.) Babel, Being John Malkevich
Jon Avnet (Pro.) Fried Green Tomatoes

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