This morning, Variety published its list of the “110 Students to Watch.” It’s an article full of promising talent that we at AFI celebrate enthusiastically. But you won’t see any current AFI Conservatory Fellows listed there because we chose not to nominate any of them for the article.
Because there is just too much talent walking the halls at AFI. We believe that all of our Fellows are ones to watch — all 260 of them.
AFI is an intimate program. Each year, only 28 Fellows or less are selected for each discipline: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting.
Collaboration is crucial. Teamwork is how real movies are made and that concept is the core of AFI’s training.
Fellows learn by doing. AFI Fellows are filmmakers who make movies. They create four to 10 films in just two short years. At last week’s College Television Awards, the annual gala event by the Television Academy Foundation, AFI films took home five awards, more than any other school.
Each year, AFI sends about 200 artists into the work world. AFI alumni are creating groundbreaking television series (Brad Falchuk, AMERICAN HORROR STORY), directing movies that influence the cultural lexicon (Amy Heckerling, CLUELESS), winning the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL), weaving together the stories of various acclaimed movies (Jay Cassidy, AMERICAN HUSTLE) and are queued up to helm the next great superhero blockbuster (Patty Jenkins, WONDER WOMAN).
AFI alumni also include Darren Aronofsky, Susannah Grant, David Lynch, Terrence Malick and Robert Richardson — to name just a few more.
If you’re not familiar with the 260 AFI Conservatory Fellows today, you will be very soon. They’re the ones to watch.
As seen in the April 28, 2015 issue of Variety.