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