Alumni Events & Announcements


You're invited! Join us for the Canon Creative Studio Magic Hour, in celebration of alumni with films at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival – see you in Park City!


Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Time: 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Location: 592 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060

RSVP: Email [email protected]

Click here for more information about the Canon Creative Studio.


AFI, Camerimage Film Festival and the American Society of Cinematographers invite you to experience a sample of the unique spirit of Camerimage Festival during three days of screenings. Enjoy the best of international cinematography and taste some Polish cuisine.


Date: February 9-11, 2018

Location: AFI Campus | Mark Goodson Screening Room




Bandar Albuliwi's (AFI Class of 2010) screenplay "A Brotherhood" has been named as a finalist in the 2017 WeScreenplay Diverse Voices competition and is among the top 20 finalists in the Roadmap Writers Screenwriting Competition.

Joey Ally (AFI DWW, Class of 2017) and Beth de Araújo (AFI Class of 2013) were selected for the Sundance Institute's 2018 Screenwriters Lab, an immersive five-day writers' workshop. Through one-on-one story sessions with Creative Advisors, Fellows work intensively on their feature film scripts and engage in an artistically rigorous process that offers them indispensable lessons in craft. The team of Creative Advisors includes Artistic Director Scott Frank (AFI Class of 1984) and Naomi Foner (AFI DWW, Class of 1980).

AMERICAN HONEY helmer Andrea Arnold (AFI Class of 1991) has been tapped to direct all seven episodes of the forthcoming season of HBO's Emmy®-winning limited series BIG LITTLE LIES.

Will Smith will host the upcoming National Geographic series ONE STRANGE ROCK from Darren Aronofsky (AFI Class of 1992). The 10-part global event series is slated to premiere in March in 172 countries and 43 languages.

FX has picked up to series MAYANS MC, Kurt Sutter's SONS OF ANARCHY spinoff, with a 10-episode order for a 2018 premiere. Norberto Barba (AFI Class of 1990) directed the pilot and will executive produce with Sutter.

Stan Brooks (AFI Class of 1979) recently directed the fourth episode of the current season of MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. The episode aired on December 15.

After 15 years of working as screenwriter and production manager on various Hollywood projects, Eileen Cabiling (AFI Class of 2003) is venturing into directing with a major project consisting of a 20-minute short and a full-length feature film. Jae Hyuk Lee (AFI Class of 2003) will be the cinematographer

Milo Carballo (AFI Class of 2017) and Mike Langer (AFI Class of 2014) are among the top 20 finalists in the Roadmap Writers Screenwriting Competition.

TNT has picked up to series SNOWPIERCER, its futuristic thriller pilot based on the acclaimed 2013 movie of the same name by Bong Joon-ho. Dooho Choi (AFI Class of 2002) is the executive producer.

Khaled Diab (AFI Class of 2013) was featured in The National for his directorial debut INDUCING LABOR.

Cinematographers Robert Elswit (AFI Class of 1977), Janusz Kamiński (AFI Class of 1987) and Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006) were interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter about their craft and finding a balance with their directors.

FX has given a series order to POSE, the dance musical from Brad Falchuk (AFI Class of 1994), Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson that stars Evan Peters, Kate Mara and James Van Der Beek.

Kelly Fallon (AFI Class of 2015) and Sara Ross-Samko (AFI Class of 2013) were accepted into the 2018 Berlinale Talent Summit in February. Ross-Samko's feature documentary-in-progress, REFUSING TO GHOST, is also one of 10 documentaries chosen to be developed in the Berlin International Film Festival's Doc Station. Ross-Samko is the director and cinematographer, and Cyndi Trissel (AFI Class of 2013) is the editor.

Featured in the 2017 edition of The Black List – a compilation of the best unproduced screenplays – are "The Fifth Nixon" by Sharon Hoffman (AFI Class of 2003) and "Brosio" and "Power" by Mattson Tomlin (AFI Class of 2014).

Patty Jenkins (AFI Class of 2000) was named to the Bloomberg 50, a list of individuals in finance, technology, politics, and entertainment who defined global business in 2017. Jenkins was the first woman to direct a blockbuster superhero movie and only the second woman to direct a movie with a budget of over $100 million. She made WONDER WOMAN a record-breaking force at the box office, earning $822 million worldwide. Jenkins was also recently named The Topeka Capital-Journal's 2017 Kansan of the Year.

Aashrita Kamath (AFI Class of 2013) was featured in The Asian Age and Chitramala for her role as art director on AVATAR 2 and 3.

Antoneta Kastrati (AFI DWW, Class of 2012) was featured in Prishtina Insight for her upcoming film, ZANA, which will begin production in Kosovo in January.

Mike Langer (AFI Class of 2014) and Greg Wayne (AFI Class of 2017) are top finalists in the 2017 Big Break Screenwriting Contest.

The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble will be presenting Mark St. Germain's off-Broadway hit, "Freud's Last Session," from January 13 to March 4 at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A. Robert Mandel (AFI Class of 1977) is the director.

Netflix has given a 10-episode series order to CHAMBERS, an hour-long supernatural drama. Randy McKinnon (AFI Class of 2017) is a staff writer.

Josh Miller (AFI Class of 1980) has been named CEO of the Edmonton Screen Industries Office following various executive stints and a successful TV writing career in Hollywood.

Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006) recently became the first female cinematographer ever to be nominated in the history of the ASC Awards' feature film category.

Paul Sanchez Yates (AFI Class of 2006) wrote the script for Lifetime's FATHERLY OBSESSION. The film premiered on December 26.

ICEBOX has been shortlisted for a Best Live Action Oscar® nomination. Daniel Sawka (AFI Class of 2015) is the director/writer, Camille Cornuel (AFI Class of 2015) is the producer, Ian Avery Holliday (AFI Class of 2015) is the cinematographer, Steph Zenee Perez (AFI Class of 2015) is the editor and Daniela Medeiros (AFI Class of 2015) is the production designer.

Brad Schwartz (AFI Class of 2004) is seeking the District 7 state Senate seat in New York. While his background is in entertainment, Schwartz said he has always followed politics and current events.