The AFI CONSERVATORY, which has just been ranked the #1 film school in the world*, has served the moving image arts since its founding in 1969. More than 3000 aspiring moving image artists have mastered their craft at the AFI CONSERVATORY.

The CONSERVATORY awards the Master of Fine Arts in Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design, and Screenwriting. Professional faculty members work closely with the AFI Fellows through the time-honored relationship of master and apprentice.

The AFI CONSERVATORY'S second-year program has won AFI its reputation as one of the world's leading film conservatories. AFI thesis films have garnered numerous prestigious awards, including several Student Academy Awards, the Director's Guild of America Awards, several American Society of Cinematography Awards, and top honors from the American Cinema Editors. Traditionally AFI thesis films are instrumental in launching its fellows' careers in film.

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*The Hollywood Reporter, Aug 2011: 25 best film schools rankings

Notable AFI Alumni:

  • DAVID LYNCH (DIR.)
    Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, Eraserhead, Dune
  • AMY HECKERLING (DIR.)
    Clueless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • TERRENCE MALICK (DIR.)
    Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, Tree of Life
  • DARREN ARONOFSKY (DIR.)
    Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, Black Swan
  • WALLY PFISTER (CIN.)
    Inception, The Prestige, Memento, Batman Begins
  • ROBERT RICHARDSON (CIN.)
    Kill Bill, The Aviator, Inglorious Basterds
  • JANUSZ KAMINSKI (CIN.)
    Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Munich
  • MATTHEW LIBATIQUE (CIN.)
    Cowboys and Aliens, Black Swan, Iron Man
  • STEVEN ROSENBLUM (EDIT.)
    Braveheart, X-Men, Blood Diamond, Defiance
  • VICTOR DU BOIS (EDIT.)
    The Last Samurai, Profiler, Roswell
  • STEVE GOLIN (PRO.)
    Babel, Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine
  • DANA LUSTIG (PRO.)
    Brick, Dancing at the Blue Iguana, Kill Me Later
  • SUSANNAH GRANT (SCR.)
    Erin Brockovich Unfaithful, Everafter, 28 Days
  • PAUL SHRADER (SCR.)
    Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Bringing Out The Dead
  • TODD CHERNIAWSKY (DES.)
    Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, Armageddon
  • JOE GARRITY (DES.)
    Sunshine Cleaning, Waiting for Guffman, My Girl