On Opening Day, AFI CEO & President Bob Gazzale and Dean Susan Ruskin welcomed 137 first year Fellows, who will embark on their two-year filmmaker training at the AFI Conservatory. The Conservatory is commemorating the 50th anniversary since it first opened its doors on September 23, 1969, with an inaugural class that included master filmmakers Caleb Deschanel, Terrence Malick and Paul Schrader. Recent alumni include filmmakers as diverse as Patty Jenkins (Class of 2000), Darren Aronofsky (Class of 1992), Rachel Morrison (Class of 2006) and Melina Matsoukas (Class of 2005). 52% of all first and second year AFI Fellows this…

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The landmark AFI Directing Workshop for Women opens its applications today for the Class of 2021. Each year, this renowned program provides eight gifted directors with immersive training and the necessary tools and support to complete a short film or digital series. The workshop experience includes classes in screen directing, professional development resources and inroads to the industry — all at no cost to participants. The DWW is open to women and gender non-binary artists with three years or more of professional experience in the arts. While the program is tuition-free, participants are in charge of spearheading fundraising efforts for their…

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