About the AFI Conservatory

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.


Among the many notable alumni

DAVID LYNCH (Dir.) Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, Eraserhead, Dune

AMY HECKERLING (Dir.) Clueless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High

TERRENCE MALICK (Dir.) Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, Tree of Life

DARREN ARONOFSKY (Dir.) Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, Black Swan

STEVE GOLIN (Pro.) Babel, Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine

DANA LUSTIG (Pro.) Brick, Dancing at the Blue Iguana, Kill Me Later

WALLY PFISTER (Cin.) Inception, The Prestige, Memento, Batman Begins

ROBERT RICHARDSON (Cin.) Kill Bill, The Aviator, Inglorious Basterds



JANUSZ KAMINSKI (Cin.) Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Munich

MATTHEW LIBATIQUE (Cin.) Cowboys and Aliens, Black Swan, Iron Man

STEVEN ROSENBLUM (Edit.) Braveheart, X-Men, Blood Diamond, Defiance

VICTOR DU BOIS (Edit.) The Last Samurai, Profiler, Roswell

SUSANNAH GRANT (Scr.) Erin Brockovich, Unfaithful, Everafter, 28 Days

PAUL SCHRADER (Scr.) Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Bringing Out The Dead

TODD CHERNIAWSKY (Des.)Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, Armageddon

JOE GARRITY (Des.) Sunshine Cleaning, Waiting for Guffman, My Girl