At the world-renowned AFI Conservatory, a dedicated group of working professionals from the film and television communities serve as mentors in a hands-on, production-based environment nurturing the talents of tomorrow’s storytellers.

Established in 1969, the two-year Master of Fine Arts program provides training in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting.

With an emphasis on narrative visual storytelling, personal expression, and professional production standards, Fellows collaborate to make more films than any other graduate level program. Admission to AFI Conservatory is highly selective, with a maximum of only 140 graduates per year.


David Lynch (The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet)

Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan)

Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of the Christ)

Terrence Malick (Badlands, The Thin Red Line)

Janusz Kamiński (Schindler's List, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)

Robert Richardson (Platoon, The Doors, Inglourious Basterds, Shutter Island)

Steve Golin (Babel, Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)

Wally Pfister (Memento, Batman Begins)

Matthew Libatique (Pi, Requiem for a Dream)

Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, Boogie Nights)

Caleb Deschanel (The Passion of the Christ)

Marshall Herskovitz (Traffic, The Last Samurai)

Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank)

Steven Rosenblum (Braveheart)


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