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STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS HONORS AFI CONSERVATORY
ALUMNI RYAN PROWS AND JUSTIN TIPPING WITH
MEDALS IN NARRATIVE FILMMAKING

AFI Conservatory is Only School Recognized with Multiple Medal Wins

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 11, 2012 – AFI Conservatory Class of 2011 directing alumni Ryan Prows and Justin Tipping have been awarded the Silver and Bronze medals in narrative filmmaking at the 39th annual Student Academy Awards for their thesis films, NARCOCORRIDO and NANI, respectively. AFI Conservatory – named the #1 film school in the world by The Hollywood Reporter for the quality of its instructors and speakers, and its “glittering parade of alumni” – was the only school at this year’s Student Academy Awards with multiple medal winners. The AFI Conservatory, a program of the American Film Institute, is renowned for its collaborative approach to hands-on filmmaking and its advanced training of the next generation of storytellers in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting.

NARCOCORRIDO, directed and written by Ryan Prows, centers on a gravely ill border cop’s reckless cartel heist and the desperate souls destroyed in her wake. The AFI Conservatory thesis team also includes producer L. Onye Anyanwu, cinematographer Benjamin Kitchens, editor Jarod Shannon, production designer Callie Andreadis and story editor Shaye Ogbonna.

NANI, directed and co-written by Justin Tipping, tells the story of a teenage graffiti artist and an elderly nursing home resident who form an unlikely bond through misadventures in graffiti. The AFI Conservatory thesis team also includes producer West McDowell, co-screenwriter Joshua Beirne-Golden, cinematographer Soren Hiorth, editor Linda Jildmalm and production designer Bonnie Bacevich.

Last year, AFI Conservatory Class of 2010 directing alumnus Julian Higgins won the Gold medal in narrative filmmaking for his thesis film, THIEF. Higgins was most recently behind the camera directing a 2012 episode of the Emmy Award-winning HOUSE, M.D. 

AFI Conservatory was also recognized at this year’s 33rd College Television Awards, with AFI Conservatory alumni Steffen Schier winning 2nd Place Drama for producing BOSCO’S GUITAR and Justin Edwards winning for Best Use of Music for COME BACK TO ME.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 43 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards, with past winners including directors such as Spike Lee, John Lasseter and Robert Zemeckis. The College Television Awards is a national competition recognizing excellence in college student-produced video, digital and film work. As with the primetime Emmy® Awards, entries are awarded based on excellence in overall production.

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AFI educates the next generation of storytellers at its world-renowned AFI Conservatory, named the #1 film school in the world by The Hollywood Reporter for the quality of its instructors and speakers, and its “glittering parade of alumni.” AFI Conservatory offers a two-year Master of Fine Arts degree in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. Aspiring artists learn from the masters in a collaborative, hands-on production environment with an emphasis on storytelling.

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