Alumni Events & Announcements

AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi
That's a wrap! AFI FEST 2016 concluded on November 17 and this year, the festival featured 118 films (79 features, 39 shorts) representing 46 countries. There were 33 films directed/co-directed by women, 11 documentaries, nine official Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® submissions and 12 animated short films. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Photos from the November 11 evening have been posted to the AFI Alumni Facebook page.
For those of you who were not able to attend, click here to view the photo slideshow played at the event, highlighting those celebrating their 10-, 20-, 30- and 40-year milestone reunion years.

You are invited to celebrate a decade of tradition and ring in the holidays at the IVY Entertainment Holiday Party — with alumni and friends in entertainment from AFI, Berkeley, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Digital LA, Harvard, IVY Exchange, Princeton, Stanford, Syracuse, UCLA, University of Pennsylvania, Washington University in St. Louis and Yale — to help you expand your network. The guest list includes industry professionals from ABC, CAA, CBS, ICM, Paramount, Sony Pictures, WB and WME.

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Time: 7:00–11:30 p.m.
Location: STATION at W Hollywood
6250 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival will take place January 19–29. Save the date for an AFI reception in celebration of alumni with films in the festival on Friday, January 27, 2017. Details will reach your inbox soon. See you in Park City!


Daniel Abts (AFI Class of 2012), Simon Nagel (AFI Class of 2012), Marisé Samitier (AFI DWW, Class of 1998) and Alex Simon (AFI Class of 2005) are finalists in the 2016 Big Break Screenwriting Contest.

MARK HAMILL'S POP CULTURE QUEST, starring Mark Hamill, aired on Comic-Con's SVOD service on November 15. Tim Beers (AFI Class of 2015) is the director/supervising producer, Todd Sheridan (AFI Class of 2015) is the cinematographer, Justin Hong (AFI Class of 2015) is the camera operator/key grip/gaffer, Benji Dell (AFI Class of 2015) is the camera operator, Ted von Bevern (AFI Class of 2015) is the camera utility and Christian Vogeler (AFI Class of 2015) is the first assistant director.

ELECTION NIGHT is one of seven short films featured in the second installment of ShortsHD’s “Stars in Shorts” compilation series. The only network devoted to short films, ShortsHD is known for its annual theatrical release of Oscar®-nominated short films across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Latin America. Tessa Blake (AFI DWW, Class of 2014) is the film’s director/writer, Catherine Dent (AFI DWW, Class of 2012) is the producer and Shamim Seifzadeh (AFI Class of 2013) is the production designer.

TNT has picked up the pilot for the drama SNOWPIERCER. Dooho Choi (AFI Class of 2002) is the executive producer.

CATHOLICS VS. CONVICTS, a documentary about the 1988 national championship football game between Notre Dame and the University of Miami, premieres on December 10 on ESPN's 30 FOR 30. Patrick Creadon (AFI Class of 1993) is the director.

Julie Dash (AFI Class of 1974) was interviewed by Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times and The Straits Times on her film DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, which was the first feature film by an African-American woman to have a wide release.

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (AFI Class of 1975) currently has an exhibition in Los Angeles at the Annenberg Space for Photography.

Created by writer/producer Todd Kniss (AFI Class of 2004) and director/producer/cinematographer Dan Hertzog (AFI Class of 2004), the pilot presentation for their 1950s family drama LIFE IN KODACHROME recently brought home the Emerging Artist Award for Best Trailer of the Year in the FilmMakers Global Trailer Festival. Jeff Samuelson (AFI Class of 2004) served as the gaffer/jib operator.

AMOR PURO Y DURO, directed and produced by Daresha Kyi (AFI Class of 1991), was selected as a winner of Women In Film’s 31st annual Film Finishing Fund grant program. Four narrative features and six documentary films were selected out of more than 250 submissions from 22 countries. The fund provides cash grants and in-kind production services to complete films that fit the established criteria of being by, for or about women.

SILENT NIGHTS is one of 10 films in the running for Oscar® nominations in the Live Action Short category. Kim Magnusson (AFI Class of 1991) is the producer.

Priscilla J. ("Sally") Mattison (AFI Class of 1986), Of Counsel to Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C., participated in the “Entertainment Law” panel at Lebanon Valley College’s 12th Annual VALE Media Industries Conference in Annville, PA.  She previously gave a guest lecture entitled “2016 Update on U.S.A. Concert Touring Issues” as part of the course “Navigating Artists Through the Entertainment Industry” at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.

Kevin Rice (AFI Class of 2010) and Mattson Tomlin (AFI Class of 2014) were voted to the Tracking Board's 2016 Young and Hungry List.

Michael Robinson (AFI Class of 1993), who joined Avison Young as a principal in its valuation and advisory group in August, has spent 25 years as a commercial real estate appraiser, while simultaneously enjoying a successful career as a film producer.

Josema Roig (AFI Class of 2014) has signed with UTA and is currently working in virtual reality. Roig and Michael Steiner (AFI Class of 2014) recently won Best Live Action Experience at the Proto Awards, the self-proclaimed Oscars® of VR.

James D. Solomon (AFI Class of 1988) was featured in Deadline for his film THE WITNESS. Solomon is the director/writer/producer and Trish Govoni (AFI Class of 1988) is the cinematographer. Originally released this summer theatrically by FilmRise, THE WITNESS is an Oscar® entry in the feature documentary category. Recently the Broadcast Film Critics nominated the film for Best Feature Documentary and Best First Feature Documentary.

Martin Stitt’s (AFI Class of 2009) LOVE ME DO is now available on iTunes, Sky, Amazon and Google in the UK. The film is on FlixPremiere in the U.S. Stitt is the director/writer.

Over 15 years after the end of the first “Generation X” series, the title is being relaunched as part of ResurrXion. The new series will debut in spring 2017 along with other new X-Books and it will put the Xavier Institute front and center once again. Written by Christina Strain (AFI Class of 2015), the new “Generation X” series will focus on a new band of misfit mutants that don’t really fit in anywhere else at the newly reopened Xavier Institute.