Alumni Events & Announcements

View photos from the April 19 event at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival here.

For the second year, CAA is hosting a film school screening series called CAA Moebius, with AFI participating in the event on May 2 at the Ray Kurtzman Theater in Century City. The thesis films that will be screened in the series are:

Malcolm Washington (AFI Class of 2016), Director
Jory Anast (AFI Class of 2016), Writer
Joenique C. Rose (AFI Class of 2016), Producer
Kristen Correll (AFI Class of 2016), Cinematographer
Rafael Nur (AFI Class of 2016), Editor
Arielle Ness-Cohn (AFI Class of 2016), Production Designer

Julius Telmer (AFI Class of 2016), Director/Writer
Victor Nascimento (AFI Class of 2016), Writer
Sweta Rai (AFI Class of 2016), Producer
Scott Ray (AFI Class of 2016), Cinematographer
Rebecca Lodi (AFI Class of 2016), Editor
Brittany Elias (AFI Class of 2015), Production Designer

You are invited to the annual AFI Conservatory Cinematography Visual Essays Showcase. Since 1995, the Cinematography discipline has used the 35mm-MOS Visual Essay assignment to assure Fellows have completed a narrative exercise on motion picture film.

Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Time: 5:30–9:30 p.m.
Location: Mark Goodson Screening Room | AFI Campus


AFI is pleased to announce its participation for the fourth time in Hollywood Now, a networking event for entertainment industry alumni from some of the best schools in the country. This is a perfect opportunity to expand your network of filmmakers and creative executives beyond the AFI family to include passionate and driven alumni from CalArts, Chapman, UCLA and USC.

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Time: 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Location: Viva Hollywood
6350 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Details: Entry fee is $10/person and includes two drink tickets.


You are invited to the annual AFI Conservatory Production Design Showcase Opening Night Reception, featuring work from first- and second-year Production Design Fellows.

Date: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Location: AFI Soundstage


AFI will celebrate the Class of 2017 and confer honorary degrees on distinguished members of the film community at the AFI Conservatory Commencement. The ceremony will take place Monday, June 5, 2017. A limited number of seats will be made available to alumni. Details to follow.

The arts and entertainment community will come together to honor the recipient of the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award, Diane Keaton, with a Gala Tribute.

Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

AFI alumni are invited to attend this memorable event in any of the following ways:

ALUMNI SEATS | Second Mezzanine ­— $50/ticket
Exclusively for alumni and their guests, these tickets include a private reception, keepsake Tribute Book and premier seating in the Second Mezzanine for the Tribute Show. Purchase your alumni tickets here.

DONOR SEATS | First Mezzanine — $1,000+
Become an AFI member at the Five-Star level and receive two seats in the First Mezzanine… one of many benefits of an AFI membership.

BRONZE SEATS | Ballroom Floor (Second Tier) — $1,500/ticket
NEW for 2017! Exclusively for AFI alumni and AFI Premiere Circle members, these tickets include a cocktail reception, black-tie dinner by Wolfgang Puck and Second Tier seating on the ballroom floor. Click here for reservations.

SILVER, GOLD and PLATINUM SEATS | Ballroom Floor (First Tier) — $3,000+/ticket
Get the full Gala Tribute experience by purchasing a table or silver, gold or platinum tickets, which include a VIP cocktail reception, black-tie dinner and First Tier or premier seating on the main ballroom floor. Click here for table and VIP ticket reservations.

The reservation deadline is May 22, 2017. Space is limited and seats will only be reserved with a valid RSVP.

AFI DOCS is a five-day international documentary film festival that takes place at landmark venues in Washington, DC, and at the world-class AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD. Bringing together artists, audience members and political leaders, the festival shines a bright light on documentary film and harnesses the power of this important art form to inspire change.

AFI alumni will be eligible to receive a discount on AFI DOCS tickets and passes. Tickets will be available in May. Passes are now on sale.


Jory Anast (AFI Class of 2016) recently sold a high-end web series to a French company. Anast is the showrunner of the 10-episode series, which is loosely based on a film she made with Malcolm Washington (AFI Class of 2016). Washington will direct the episodes.

Derek Asaff (AFI Class of 2014) and Mike Langer (AFI Class of 2014) were finalists in the 2016 ScreenCraft Family-Friendly Screenplay Contest for their respective scripts "Goodbye Galápagos" and "Mr. Moon."

Sony has hired duo Joshua Beirne-Golden (AFI Class of 2012) and Justin Tipping (AFI Class of 2011) to write the superhero film HARBINGER. The project is being produced by FAST AND FURIOUS franchise producer Neal Moritz (Original Films). HARBINGER is the first of five films that Sony has from a deal with comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment superheroes and Beverly Hills/Beijing-based DMG.

Liz Kim (AFI Class of 2014) recently wrote the "Dangerous Liaisons" episode for ARROW. Joel Novoa (AFI Class of 2012) directed the episode, which aired on April 26.

Jen Kleiner (AFI Class of 2007) will be assistant-teaching an eight-weekend Character Mapping mastery course for actors, writers and directors. The introductory class is three hours and will be held at AFI on May 6 and 7. AFI alumni receive a 20% discount with the code SPRINGAFI upon registration.

Filming has wrapped for Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER. Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006) is the cinematographer and the first woman to shoot a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Catherine Hardwicke will direct a remake of MISS BALA, the 2011 Mexican drama directed by Gerardo Naranjo (AFI Class of 2001) that debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and was Mexico's submission for the 84th Academy Awards. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (AFI Class of 2013) is set to write the Sony adaptation.

RUPTURE, directed by Steven Shainberg (AFI Class of 1989), opened theatrically nationwide and on VOD on April 28.

Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (AFI DWW, Class of 2012) has signed a multi-year overall deal with A+E Studios, the production company behind her Lifetime drama UNREAL. Under the exclusive pact, Shapiro will continue writing and executive producing UNREAL while also developing, creating and producing new original projects for the A+E portfolio of networks as well as outside buyers. The pact is Shapiro's first overall deal.

A hostage crisis series from former THE X-FILES writer/executive producer Frank Spotnitz (AFI Class of 1989) and David Vainola, RANSOM has been acquired for UK broadcast by Universal Channel following its CBS stateside run earlier this year.

Queen Latifah, Betsy Brandt, Jill Scott and Marin Ireland are set to headline FLINT, Lifetime's original movie about the water-contamination crisis in Flint, MI, from Sony Pictures TV. Directed by AFI faculty member Bruce Beresford from a script by Barbara Stepansky (AFI Class of 2005), FLINT was inspired by the Time magazine cover story, "The Toxic Tap," by Josh Sanburn. It follows the true story of three women from Flint who sought justice following the wrongdoing committed against the residents of the city who were unknowingly drinking and using lead-laden water.

After competitive bidding, A24 and DirecTV have acquired THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN, a western starring Bill Pullman that had its world premiere at SXSW to critical acclaim. The film will be released in a 30-day exclusive window on DirecTV before its theatrical run via A24. Christopher Young (AFI Class of 2016) is the film's first assistant editor.