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AFI Conservatory Alums Nominated For the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards

Congratulations are due today to our many, many AFI Conservatory Alums who have been honored with a 64th Primetime Emmy Nomination.

Outstanding Drama Series
Gideon Raff (AFI Class of 2003), Executive Producer

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
HOMELAND - “Pilot”
Gideon Raff (AFI Class of 2003), Written By

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
Bradley Buecker (AFI Class of 2003), Co-Executive Producer
Dante Di Loreto (AFI Class of 1991), Executive Producer
Brad Falchuk (AFI Class of 1996), Executive Producer

Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking
Connie Field (AFI Class of 1997), Producer

Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series
Allison Jones (AFI Class of 1981), Casting By

Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series
MAD MEN - “The Phantom”
Christopher Manley (AFI Class of 1994), ASC, Director of Photography

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series
MAD MEN - “Far Away Places”
Chris Gay (AFI Class of 2006), Edited By

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM - “Palestinian Chicken”
Steven A. Rasch (AFI Class of 1988), A.C.E., Editor

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series
MODERN FAMILY - “Election Day”
Steven A. Rasch (AFI Class of 1988), A.C.E., Edited by

Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series
HOT IN CLEVELAND - “God And Football”
Mark Dashnaw (AFI Class of 1999), Edited by

Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming
AMERICAN MASTERS - “Johnny Carson: King Of Late Night”
Mark Catalena (AFI Class of 1994), Editor

Outstanding Main Title Design
Juan Ruiz Anchia (AFI Class of 1979), Director of Photography

Congratulations to all our Alums. We are very proud!

AFI Alum Michael Dinner at Sony TV ⇢

Congratulations to Michael Dinner (AFI Class of 1979), who has signed a new 2-year deal with Sony TV.

AFI Conservatory Alum Ben Kitchens Honored by The American Society of Cinematographers

Congratulations to AFI Conservatory alum Ben Kitchens! He has received an Honorable Mention for his Cinematography on AFI Alum film NARCOCORRIDO from The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC)! 

A ceremony announcing the winners in each category was held at the ASC Clubhouse on June 16. The awards are designed to showcase the artistic abilities of the next generation of filmmakers, with a focus on their cinematographic abilities.

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AFI Conservatory Films Honored at the 39th Student Academy Awards

Congratulations to the AFI Conservatory thesis teams of NARCOCORRIDO and NANI, winners of the 39th Student Academy Awards in the Narrative film category! At last Saturday’s ceremony, The Bronze Medal went to NANI, directed by Justin Tipping, and the Silver Medal went to NARCOCORRIDO, directed by Ryan Prows.

The AFI Conservatory, named the #1 film school in the world by The Hollywood Reporter for the quality of its instructors and speakers, and its “glittering parade of alumni,” was the only school at this year’s Student Academy Awards with multiple medal winners.

NARCOCORRIDO, directed and written by Ryan Prows, centers on a gravely ill border cop’s reckless cartel heist and the desperate souls destroyed in her wake. The AFI Conservatory thesis team also includes producer L. Onye Anyanwu, cinematographer Benjamin Kitchens, editor Jarod Shannon, production designer Callie Andreadis and story editor Shaye Ogbonna.

NANI, directed and co-written by Justin Tipping, tells the story of a teenage graffiti artist and an elderly nursing home resident who form an unlikely bond through misadventures in graffiti. The AFI Conservatory thesis team also includes producer West McDowell, co-screenwriter Joshua Beirne-Golden, cinematographer Soren Hiorth, editor Linda Jildmalm and production designer Bonnie Bacevich.


Wally Pfister to Receive the 2012 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal

Cinematographer and AFI Conservatory alum Wally Pfister will receive the 2012 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal. Pfister will be presented with the medal as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Shirley MacLaine, to be held at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City on June 7, 2012, and broadcast on TV Land on June 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Pfister’s has collaborated with director Christopher Nolan on
MEMENTO (2000), INSOMNIA (2002), BATMAN BEGINS (2005), THE PRESTIGE (2006), THE DARK KNIGHT (2008), INCEPTION (2010), for which Pfister received the Oscar, and this summer’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012). 

AFI Alums Launch New YouTube Channel WIGS

There is some exciting new content from AFI Conservatory alums Jon Avnet (AFI Class of 1972) (BLACK SWAN, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, RISKY BUSINESS and Rodrigo Garcia (AFI Class of 1986) (ALBERT NOBBS, IN TREATMENT, MOTHER AND CHILD) on YouTube. The two have joined forces to create and launch WIGS, an innovative digital channel producing high-end, original, scripted dramatic series and short films about the lives of women.

The channel is one of the first brand new high-end channels to come to YouTube, which advanced funds for the top series’ production and pledged $200 million to market them.

The digital channel’s premiere series, JAN is written and directed by Jon Avnet, and stars Caitlin Gerard, Virginia Madsen and Stephen Moyer. The series SERENA also launched, written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia and edited by Julie Janata (AFI Class of 1981). The web series stars Jennifer Garner and Alfred Molina.

Episodes of JAN and SERENA as well as Behind-The-Scenes content and additional trailers, are all available now at

AFI Alumni Film NO

Congratulations to Daniel Dreifuss (AFI Class of 2007) and producer of NO, bought by Sony PIctures Classics at Cannes!

AFI Alumni Win Student Academy Awards

Congratulations to all the AFI Conservatory alums who worked on NANI and NARCOCORRIDO, announced as winners of the Student Academy Awards in the Narrative Category! Placement in each category will be announced at the Academy ceremony on June 9.

Producer: West McDowell
Director: Justin Tipping
Screenwriter: Justin Tipping/Josh Beirne-Golden
Cinematographer: Soren Hiorth
Editor:Linda Jildmam
Production Designer: Bonnie Bacevich

Producer: Onye Anyanwu
Director: Ryan Prows
Cinematographer: Benjamin Kitchens
Editor: Jarod Shannon
Production Designer: Caliope Andreadis

Directing Workshop For Women - Showcase 2012

Congratulations to all of the filmmakers who screened their short films at the DGA on Tuesday May 8 as a part of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women

Extra congratulations are in order for Anika Poitier and her film BLACK IRISH, which won the Adrienne Shelly Award, Kit Pongetti and her film STAKEOUT, which won both the Jean Picker Firstenberg Award and a Nancy Malone Award, and to Wenhwa Ts’ao and her film TOWING, which also won a Nancy Malone Award.

AFI Alumni Selected for the 2012-2014 ABC DGA Directing Program

Congratulations to AFI Conservatory and AFI Directing Workshop for Women alumni selected for the 2012-2014 ABC DGA Directing Program!

Amy French (AFI Directing Workshop For Women Class of 2010)

Karamu Kush (AFI Directing Class of 2010)

Lily Mariye (AFI Directing Workshop For Women Class of 1999)

Kimberly McCullough (AFI Directing Workshop For Women Class of 2010)

Velvet Andrews Smith (AFI Directing Workshop For Women Class of 2010)

Casey Stangl (AFI Directing Workshop For Women Class of 2007)

Jude Weng DWW (AFI Directing Workshop For Women Class of 1998)

The two-year professional Directing Program focuses on potential episodic directing opportunities on ABC series, and those selected participate become part of the ABC∙DGA directing talent pool.


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