Alumni Events & Announcements

A historic AFI Conservatory Commencement at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on June 5, 2017, marked the 50th Anniversary of the Institute's formation in 1967, with its honorees — the AFI Class of 2017, as well as Honorary Degree recipients Carol Burnett, Marshall Herskovitz (AFI Class of 1975) and Edward Zwick (AFI Class of 1975).

Read more about Commencement and the Anniversary.

View photos from the June 8 event here.

The televised event will air on TNT on June 15 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/ PT), followed by an encore presentation on TCM on July 31 during a night of programming dedicated to Diane Keaton.

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 receive discounts on AFI DOCS passes and eligible individual tickets.


Derek Asaff's (AFI Class of 2014) script "The End" was selected for the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition Top 75.

Starburns Industries, the animation company behind Duke Johnson's (AFI Class of 2006) Oscar®-animated 2015 feature film ANOMALISA, unveiled a black and white music video for Richard Edwards' song "Moonwrapped," off his debut solo album, "Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset." The video was produced and directed by Sofia Astrom (AFI Class of 2016).

USA Network has picked up a second season of supernatural-thriller drama FALLING WATER. Rémi Aubuchon (AFI Class of 1988) has been tapped as showrunner for season two of the series.

Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to family drama INHERITANCE, starring Mark Webber, Jessica Kaye and Daniel Ahearn. Steven J. Berger (AFI Class of 2010) is the executive producer, Beatrice von Schwerin (AFI Class of 2015) is the producer and Sara Nassim (AFI Class of 2015) is the line producer.

Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired all North American rights for sci-fi/horror film THE ENDLESS, which premiered in the Narrative Feature competition section of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Thomas R. Burke (AFI Class of 2016) and Leal Naim (AFI Class of 2016) are the film's producers.

Nausheen Dadabhoy (AFI Class of 2008) was interviewed by Dawn Images and Orange Coast Magazine for her role as a Pakistani filmmaker telling compelling stories. Dadabhoy made headlines when LA FEMME ET LE TGV, a short film she shot, was nominated for an Oscar®.

FremantleMedia North America has tapped former Chernin Entertainment President of Television Dante Di Loreto (AFI Class of 1991) as President of Scripted Entertainment, a newly created role.

A Q&A with William Dickerson (AFI Class of 2006) is included in the upcoming book "Suspense with a Camera" by Jeffrey Michael Bays. The book is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Christina Aguilera, Theo James, Rashida Jones and Miranda Otto have joined Ewan McGregor and Léa Seydoux in the sci-fi romance ZOE, which began shooting in Montreal in May. Drake Doremus (AFI Class of 2005) directs the futuristic love story from a script by Rich Greenberg.

Gunpowder & Sky have acquired U.S. rights for director/producer/editor P. David Ebersole's (AFI Class of 1991) Jayne Mansfield documentary MANSFIELD 66/67 from Stray Dogs. The film follows the last two years of the movie star's life and her association with notorious Hollywood satanist Anton LaVey, with whom she was rumored to have had an affair.

GHOST STORY — a short film by Sarah Elgart (AFI DWW, Class of 1991) shot entirely at Architect Bjarke Ingels' award-winning NY building VIA 57 West — is an official selection of the Berlin Fashion Film Festival, where it has been nominated for Best Use of Fashion, and was also accepted into the Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner.

Cinematographer Mátyás Erdély (AFI Class of 2005) will reunite with László Nemes after shooting SON OF SAUL on Nemes' next film, SUNSET, another period piece. The film is set before WWI, specifically in 1913, in Budapest, and focuses on a young orphan who travels to the hat store that her parents once owned, in hopes of job.

Julia Roberts is in talks to topline HOMECOMING, the high-profile drama series in the works at Universal Cable Productions with MR. ROBOT creator Sam Esmail (AFI Class of 2004).

Blumhouse is gearing up for ONLY YOU, a thriller starring David Oyelowo, and written and directed by MEAN CREEK's Jacob Estes (AFI Class of 2000).

Fox has picked up the drama series 911. Brad Falchuk (AFI Class of 1994) is the creator/executive producer/writer, along with Ryan Murphy.

Amy French (AFI DWW, Class of 2010) directed five of the first 10 episodes of the new tween sitcom HYPERLINKED, from Disney and YouTube Red, starring the girl-group L2M. T he whole season became available on May 31.

Lindsay Golder (AFI Class of 2014) will be joining the staff as a writer on Fox's comedy THE MICK.

A24's comedy THE LOVERS, starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts, had a top per theater average in the first weekend of May. Azazel Jacobs (AFI Class of 2001) is the director/writer/producer and Tobias Datum (AFI Class of 2002) is the cinematographer. Read Pete Hammond's Deadline review of the film here.

Rana Kazkaz's (AFI DWW, Class of 2006) THE TRANSLATOR won the Atelier prize at Cannes and expects to start shooting in May 2018. Kazkaz was also selected for the Ryan Murphy Half Foundation, and in August, she will begin a two-year position as a cinema professor at Northwestern University's Doha, Qatar campus.

Director Mimi Leder (AFI Class of 1973) was recently interviewed by AwardsDaily about her direction of the final episode of HBO's THE LEFTOVERS.

Ed Lee (AFI Class of 2014) has accepted an offer to become a full-time assistant professor at Emerson College in Boston.

David Lynch (AFI Class of 1970) was interviewed by Deadline for the return of TWIN PEAKS, which premiered on Showtime last month. The screening of the show's two-hour premiere at the Cannes Film Festival received a huge standing ovation.

Lily Mariye (AFI DWW, Class of 1999) was selected as a juror for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

LaShawn McGhee's (AFI Class of 2010) digital streaming and distribution platform REVRY has subscribers in more than 100 countries, and in addition to its current six streaming platforms, REVRY is launching a live linear IPTV channel with Pluto TV in June. REVRY is also the official streaming app for LA Pride 2017. McGhee is also part of the team that launched Out Web Fest (OWF), Hollywood's only LGBTQ digital shorts festival.

Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006) and Amy Vincent (AFI Class of 1991) were featured in IndieWire as "9 Top Women Cinematographers Who Are Ready to Direct."

Asaph Polonsky's (AFI Class of 2012) ONE WEEK AND A DAY was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times and named one of the "best movies of 2017 so far" according to IndieWire.

Sweta Rai (AFI Class of 2016) was a member of the jury for the 17th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival.

Marisé Samitier's (AFI DWW, Class of 1998) script "African Harvest" was selected for the Maison des Scenaristes at Cannes. Dana Lustig (AFI Class of 1988) is the film's attached producer.

The first issue of Marvel's "Generation X" hit shelves last month. Christina Strain (AFI Class of 2015) is the writer.

Iqbal Theba, known for playing Principal Figgins on the GLEE, has been cast opposite LIFE OF PI star Suraj Sharma in THE ILLEGAL. Tara Tucker (AFI Class of 2012) is the film's producer.

Andrew Wagner (AFI Class of 1989), of AFI Conservatory and DWW faculty, screened his new film BREAKABLE YOU at LACMA on May 18.

Ed Wu (AFI Class of 2014) was featured in a five-page spread in American Cinematographer on his approach, process and difficulties for the cinematography on SLEIGHT.