“We will create an American Film Institute, bringing together leading artists of the film industry, outstanding educators and young men and women who wish to pursue the 20th Century art form as their life’s work.” — President Lyndon B. Johnson
On September 29, 1965, President Johnson signed into law the promise that is the American Film Institute today. AFI was created two years later.
As we look toward our 50th anniversary in 2017, we remain grateful to our national leaders for their enduring vision and commitment to America’s art form.
Watch a short television news clip from that momentous day below.