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Educating Tomorrow's Storytellers…Today

The filmmakers at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory learn by doing. Here, tomorrow's storytellers are placed in a hands-on, production-based environment and are trained by a group of dedicated working professionals from the film and television communities.

Located in the heart of the entertainment community in Hollywood, the AFI Conservatory places a strong emphasis on narrative visual storytelling and personal expression. This film program instills the tools that help filmmakers practice their craft and become better storytellers. Classes are broken up into teams that mirror a real production environment. Those teams collaborate on and produce more films than any other graduate-level film school. Upon graduation, about 81% of our graduates report that they are working.


If you have any questions about the application or the requirements, please contact the admissions office at 323.856.7740 or [email protected]. Join the AFI Conservatory's Mailing List.


First-Ever AFI Conservatory EXPO Will Showcase 30 Thesis Films
The first-ever AFI Conservatory EXPO, a one-day festival showcasing 30 thesis films from the Class of 2017, will take place Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. on the AFI Campus in Los Angeles. The event will introduce the AFI... >>
AFI Conservatory Alumni Honored by Writers Guild of America
At the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards on Sunday, February 11, two women filmmakers from the AFI Conservatory received prizes — continuing a tradition of AFI Conservatory alumnae making impressive impact with their work. Altogether, seven... >>
AFI Conservatory Alumna Rachel Morrison Is First Woman Ever Nominated for Cinematography Oscar
AFI Conservatory alumna Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006) has made history as the first woman ever nominated for an Academy Award® in the Cinematography category, for MUDBOUND. Scott Frank (AFI Class of 1984) received a nomination for Adapted... >>
Four AFI Conservatory Alumni Receive Grants for Thesis Work
As the season comes to a close, AFI recognizes all of the AFI Conservatory alumni who participated in or had films at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi — including these four Class of 2016 recipients of the following awards, as presented by Dean... >>