Alumni Events & Announcements

APRIL 6 | AFI CONSERVATORY THESIS SHOWCASE
You are invited to the AFI Conservatory Thesis Showcase, where we will present a compilation reel of all thesis films by the Class of 2016 along with screenings of four jury-selected films. A reception with the entire class of thesis filmmakers will follow immediately after.

  • Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Directors Guild of America
    7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046
  • RSVP HERE

APRIL 18 | AFI CONSERVATORY DIRECTING WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN SHOWCASE
You are invited to the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women Showcase, where we will present eight films by the directors who recently completed the 2016 program: Joey Ally, Gillian Barnes, Lorette Bayle, Rosie Haber, Tannaz Hazemi, Courtney Hoffman, Maggie Mahrt and Manjari Makijany. A reception with the filmmakers will follow.

  • Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Directors Guild of America
    7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046
  • RSVP HERE

APRIL 19 | AFI RECEPTION AT TRIBECA
Join the AFI Conservatory and Google for a screening and reception in celebration of alumni with films at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival — see you in New York!

  • Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
  • Time: 7:00–10:00 p.m.
  • Location: Made in NY Media Center by IFP
    30 John Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • RSVP HERE

MAY 31 | AFI CINEMATOGRAPHY VISUAL ESSAYS SHOWCASE
Save the date for the annual AFI Cinematography Visual Essays Showcase. Since 1995, the AFI Conservatory Cinematography discipline has used the 35mm-MOS Visual Essay assignment to assure AFI Cinematography Fellows have completed a narrative exercise on motion picture film.

JUNE 1 | "HOLLYWOOD NOW" INDUSTRY MIXER
For the fourth time, AFI will participate in Hollywood Now, a networking event for entertainment industry alumni from film schools, including NYU, UCLA and USC. This is a perfect opportunity to expand your network of filmmakers and executives beyond the AFI family. Date to be confirmed. Details to be announced soon.

JUNE 2 | AFI PRODUCTION DESIGN SHOWCASE OPENING NIGHT
Save the date for the annual AFI Production Design Showcase Opening Night Reception, featuring work from first- and second-year Production Design Fellows.

JUNE 5 | AFI CONSERVATORY COMMENCEMENT
AFI will celebrate the Class of 2017 and confer honorary degrees on distinguished members of the film community at the AFI Conservatory Commencement. The ceremony will take place Monday, June 5, 2017. A limited number of seats will be made available to alumni. Details to follow.

JUNE 8 | 45TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A TRIBUTE TO DIANE KEATON
The arts and entertainment community will come together to honor the recipient of the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award, Diane Keaton, with a Gala tribute on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Alumni will be invited to purchase exclusive seats at this memorable event. Alumni-only tickets include mezzanine two seating with a private alumni reception, tribute show and keepsake tribute book. Look for details in your inbox next month.

JUNE 14-18 | AFI DOCS
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 will be eligible to receive a discount on AFI DOCS tickets and passes. Details to follow.



ALUMNI NEWS & UPDATES

Diane Becker (AFI Class of 2006) co-produced the Netflix documentary series FIVE CAME BACK, which premiered on March 31.



BUDDING PROSPECTS is one of three comedy pilots in Amazon's spring 2017 pilot season, which debuted on Amazon Video on March 17 in the U.S., UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan. The pilot stars Adam Rose (VERONICA MARS), Joel David Moore (BONES), Will Sasso (MADTV) and Brett Gelman (FLEABAG). Kristen Correll (AFI Class of 2016) is the camera operator.



Rana Kazkaz's (AFI DWW, Class of 2006) feature debut THE TRANSLATOR has been selected by the Cannes Atelier for development.



Ken Luber (AFI Class of 1969) received the competitive, highly coveted publisher's "Award of Literary Merit" for his newly published novel "The Sun Jumpers."



Jacqueline Lyanga (AFI Class of 2001) was the keynote speaker at the International Women's Day gala at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts sponsored by Women's Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor.



Melina Matsoukas (AFI Class of 2005) was recently profiled in The New Yorker for her work on HBO's INSECURE, as well as her Grammy®-winning music video work for artists including Beyoncé and Rihanna.



Priscilla J. ("Sally") Mattison (AFI Class of 1986), spoke on a panel entitled "Welcome to the Film & Television Music Playground" at the Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach, FL on March 22.



Joel Novoa (AFI Class of 2012) recently directed his first episode of ARROW. The episode "Dangerous Liaisons" airs on April 26.



Jennifer Phang (AFI Class of 1999) was featured in Deseret News for her participation in the Sundance Institute's initiatives to help more women become filmmakers and directors.



FilmRise has acquired U.S. distribution rights to MARJORIE PRIME, the Michael Almereyda sci-fi pic starring Lois Smith and Jon Hamm. The film bowed this year at Sundance, where it won the festival's Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize. Javiera Varas (AFI Class of 2006) is the production designer.



The Chinese-language feature film THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X shot by cinematographer Max Wang (AFI Class of 1999), premiered in China, North America, Australia and New Zealand on March 31. The film is based on the award-winning novel by Keigo Higashino.