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.


With an emphasis on narrative visual storytelling and personal expression, each class breaks into teams that mirror a real production environment. Those teams collaborate on and produce more


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. Admission to AFI Conservatory is highly selective, with a maximum of only 140 graduates per year






  • David Lynch (Dir.)

    Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, Eraserhead, Dune
  • Terrence Malick (Dir.)

    Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, Tree of Life
  • Darren Aronofsky (Dir.)

    Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, Black Swan
  • Steve Golin (Pro.)

    Babel, Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine
  • Dana Lustig (Pro.)

    Brick, Dancing at the Blue Iguana, Kill Me Later
  • Wally Pfister (Cin.)

    Inception, The Prestige, Memento, Batman Begins
  • Robert Richardson (Cin.)

    Kill Bill, The Aviator, Inglorious Basterds
  • Janusz Kaminski (Cin.)

    Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Munich
  • Steven Rosenblum (Edit.)

    Braveheart, X-Men, Blood Diamond, Defiance
  • Victor Du Bois (Edit.)

    The Last Samurai, Profiler, Roswell
  • Susannah Grant (Scr.)

    Erin Brockovich, Unfaithful, Everafter, 28 Days
  • Paul Shrader (Scr.)

    Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Bringing Out The Dead
  • Todd Cherniawsky (Des.)

    Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, Armageddon
  • Joe Garrity (Des.)

    Sunshine Cleaning, Waiting for Guffman, My Girl