Alumni Events & Announcements


You are invited to join us in celebration of the five AFI Class of 2016 Screenwriters chosen for the second annual Writers' Room Ready, a program that pairs select writers from the year's graduating Screenwriting class with accomplished AFI alumni mentors working in the industry.
The AFI Class of 2016 recipients and their mentors are: D.M. Brent and Michael Dinner (AFI Class of 1979); Victor Nascimento and Brad Buecker (AFI Class of 2003); Munis Rashid and Quinton Peeples (AFI Class of 1987); Rose Schimm and Shana Stein (AFI Class of 1998); and Eileen Shim and John Shiban (AFI Class of 1989).

  • Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    Time: 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Ahmanson Room | AFI Library
    2021 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

You are invited to the AFI Conservatory Thesis Showcase, where we will present a compilation reel of all thesis films by the Class of 2016 along with screenings of three jury-selected films. A reception with the entire class of thesis filmmakers will follow immediately after.

  • Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
    Time: 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Directors Guild of America
    7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Save the date for the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women Showcase, where we will present eight films by the directors who recently completed the 2016 program: Joey Ally, Gillian Barnes, Lorette Bayle, Rosie Haber, Tannaz Hazemi, Courtney Hoffman, Maggie Mahrt and Manjari Makijany. A reception with the filmmakers will follow.

  • Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    Time: 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Directors Guild of America
    7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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 on Thursday, June 8, 2017.
Alumni will be invited to purchase exclusive seats to this memorable event. Alumni-only tickets include mezzanine two seating with a private alumni reception, tribute show and keepsake tribute book. Look for details in your inbox next month.


BEATRIZ AT DINNER has been sold to Roadside Attractions and FilmNation. Miguel Arteta (AFI Class of 1990) is the director and Marina Stabile (AFI Class of 2009) is the line producer.

Fox has given a pilot order to THE BEAST, a medical drama from former ER executive producer and practicing pediatrician Neal Baer (AFI Class of 1983).

IFC Midnight purchased the rights to KILLING GROUND. Ashley Barron (AFI Class of 2011) is the second unit cinematographer.

Netflix has ordered a second season of THE OA, the eight-episode, straight-to-series drama that reunited Sundance veterans Brit Marling and director Zal Batmanglij (AFI Class of 2006).

Gravitas Ventures and CNN purchased LEGION OF BROTHERS, following its premiere at Sundance. Diane Becker (AFI Class of 2006) is the co-producer.

Adam Benic's (AFI Class of 2009) script "Levittown" won the Sundance Institute's Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Episodic Storytelling Grant.

Amazon has purchased the rights to THE BIG SICK, which premiered at Sundance. The film will hit theaters on June 23 in limited release via Lionsgate with a wide expansion on July 14. Brian Burgoyne (AFI Class of 2005) is the cinematographer.

QC Entertainment will produce and finance Ellen Burstyn's (AFI DWW, Class of 1974) long-awaited feature directorial film BATHING FLO, which will star the Oscar® and Emmy®-winning actres, also serving as executive producer.

LA FEMME ET LE TGV, a Swiss film nominated in the live action short category at the Oscars® this year, was shot by Pakistani-American cinematographer Nausheen Dadabhoy (AFI Class of 2008).

Amazon has picked up PHILIP K. DICK'S ELECTRIC DREAMS, a 10-episode sci-fi anthology series from Bryan Cranston, Michael Dinner (AFI Class of 1979), Ronald D. Moore and Sony Pictures TV.

Ewan McGregor has just been set to star with Léa Seydoux in ZOE, the next film that Drake Doremus (AFI Class of 2005) will direct.

Cross Creek Pictures has greenlit the film INNER CITY, starring Denzel Washington. Robert Elswit (AFI Class of 1977) is the cinematographer.

Sony Pictures Classics has purchased the rights to BRIGSBY BEAR. Bernard Evans (AFI Class of 2007) is a camera operator.

CBS has given a pilot order to a Latino cop family drama from BULL co-creator Paul Attanasio. The untitled drama revolves around the multi-generational members of a Mexican-American family with deep roots in San Diego intertwine personally and professionally due to their powerful careers in law enforcement. Rodrigo Garcia (AFI Class of 1986) will direct the pilot and will executive-produce with Attanasio, Leonard Goldberg and David Barrett for CBS Television Studios.

Alexis O. Korycinski (AFI DWW, Class of 2014) has signed with CAA. As part of Ryan Murphy’s Half program for female directors and directors of color, she helmed the penultimate episode of FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE.

BET has given the greenlight to the pilot for STREET DREAMS, a music-infused period scripted project based on the story of famous performer Nas. The series comes from RUSH creator Jonathan Levine (AFI Class of 2004).

STRANGERS, a new, seven-episode scripted digital series that will debut on Refinery29 later this year, had its first three episodes screened at the Sundance Film Festival. The series got its start as Mia Lidofsky's (AFI DWW, Class of 2015) AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women film. Beatrice von Schwerin (AFI Class of 2015) is the co-producer and Jason J. Smith (AFI Class of 2016) is the unit production manager.

MUDBOUND was purchased by Netflix at Sundance. Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006) is the cinematographer and Mako Kamitsuna (AFI DWW, Class of 2011) is the editor.

After premiering his directorial debut, THE ONE I LOVE at Sundance three years ago, Charlie McDowell (AFI Class of 2006) returned to the festival with his dystopian future drama THE DISCOVERY, co-written by Justin Lader (AFI Class of 2008).

DOLLAR KING won the Best Short Film Diamond Award at the LA Shorts Awards. Drew Pollins (AFI Class of 2016) is the director, David Brent (AFI Class of 2016) is the writer, Trevor Smith (AFI Class of 2016) is the producer, Britton Foster (AFI Class of 2016) is the cinematographer and Rafi Nur (AFI Class of 2016) is the editor.

TO THE BONE was purchased by Netflix, following its screening at Sundance. Maya Sigel (AFI Class of 2007) is the production designer and David Schmalz (AFI Class of 1984) is the video assist operator.

FilmRise purchased rights to DAYVEON, which was assistant-edited by Michael Spencer Smith (AFI Class of 2014).

Robert Trachtenberg's (AFI Class of 1985) Cecil Beaton project is being co-written by Michael Zam (AFI Class of 1985).

ROXANNE ROXANNE was purchased by Neon. Javiera Varas (AFI Class of 2006) is the production designer.

Rob Wilson (AFI Class of 1981) founded production company UnAuthorized Films, Inc. and produced a short sizzle reel for a limited series in the mode of Nordic Noir detective series.

FUN MOM DINNER was purchased by Netflix and Momentum during the Sundance Film Festival. Christopher Young (AFI Class of 2016) is the first assistant editor.

WONDERLAND, co-produced by Bochen Zhang (AFI Class of 2015), was awarded second place for the HBO Asian Pacific American (APA) Visionaries Short Film Competition.