Joins Previous AFI Conservatory Alumni Including
Darren Aronofsky, David Lynch and Patty Jenkins

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 28, 2014, Los Angeles, CA – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that producer Anne Garefino (AFI Class of 1988) will receive the 2014 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal. The presentation will take place as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award tribute honoring Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 5, 2014.

The Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal recognizes the extraordinary creative talents of a graduate of the AFI Conservatory or AFI Directing Workshop for Women who symbolizes the legacy of Franklin Schaffner. The AFI Conservatory – named one of the top film schools in the world – is renowned for its collaborative approach to hands-on filmmaking and its advanced training of the next generation of storytellers in six filmmaking disciplines: Producing, Directing, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Editing and Production Design.

Garefino joins 23 AFI alumni who have been awarded this honor, including Darren Aronofsky (BLACK SWAN, NOAH), Stuart Cornfeld (THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, TROPIC THUNDER), Amy Heckerling (FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH), Patty Jenkins (MONSTER), Janusz Kamiński (SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, SCHINDLER'S LIST), David Lynch (BLUE VELVET), Terrence Malick (BADLANDS, TREE OF LIFE) and Edward Zwick (GLORY).

Garefino has been the executive producer of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning animated television series SOUTH PARK since 2007. She has produced two critically acclaimed films with Trey Parker and Matt Stone: SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT (1999), which earned an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Song, and TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE (2004). The Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier® Award-winning production of “The Book of Mormon” marked Garefino's Broadway debut.

The Lambertville, New Jersey, native received a degree in Finance from Boston College and was a Producing Fellow at AFI. Before moving to Los Angeles, she lived in Washington, DC, and worked for public television station WETA-TV, where she co-produced the IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE series. Garefino began her career in entertainment at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre on Capitol Hill.

Sponsors of the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Jane Fonda include American Airlines, the official airline of the American Film Institute, Audi of America, AT&T, Citibank, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Stella Artois and Wells Fargo.

About Franklin J. Schaffner and the Schaffner Alumni Medal
Over the course of a remarkable 40-year career, Franklin J. Schaffner earned a total of 28 Academy Award® nominations and the directing Oscar® for PATTON in 1970.  Schaffner's association with AFI began in 1975, with his election to the AFI Board of Trustees, and lasted until his death in 1989.

The Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal recognized the extraordinary creative talents of a graduate of the AFI Conservatory or of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women who symbolize the legacy of Franklin Schaffner. The distinguished recipients of the Schaffner Alumni Medal are: David Lynch (1991), Edward Zwick (1992), Randa Haines (1993), Martin Brest (1994), Jon Avnet (1995), Carl Franklin (1996), John McTiernan (1997), Amy Heckerling (1998), Mimi Leder (1999), Terrence Malick (2000), Darren Aronofsky (2001), Todd Field (2002), John Dahl (2003), Patty Jenkins (2004), Paul Schrader (2005), Marshall Herskovitz (2006), Gary Winick (2007), Mark Waters (2008), Steve Golin (2009), Janusz Kamiński (2010), Steven Rosenblum (2011), Wally Pfister (2012) and Stuart Cornfeld (2013).

About the American Film Institute
AFI is America's promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film – now in its 42nd year; AFI Awards, honoring the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year; AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI FEST presented by Audi, AFI DOCS and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world renowned AFI Conservatory, recognized for its master filmmakers and speakers and its notable alumni.

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About Audi
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