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The American Film Institute (AFI) is an American
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film
organization that educates filmmakers and honors the heritage of the motion picture arts in the United States. AFI is supported by private funding and public membership fees.


Leadership

The institute is composed of leaders from the film, entertainment, business, and academic communities. The board of trustees is chaired by Kathleen Kennedy and the board of directors chaired by
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guide the organization, which is led by
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and
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CEO
,
film historian Although the advent of film as an artistic medium is not clearly defined, the commercial, public screening of ten of Auguste and Louis Lumière, Lumière brothers' short films in Paris on 28 December 1895 can be regarded as the breakthrough of ...
Bob Gazzale Bob Gazzale is an American film historian and television producer. He became the American Film Institute's third president and CEO in November 2007. Gazzale is from California. He graduated from the University of Virginia, where he helped to l ...
. Prior leaders were founding director
George Stevens, Jr. George Cooper Stevens Jr. (born April 3, 1932) is an American writer, author, playwright, director and producer. He is the founder of the American Film Institute, creator of the AFI Life Achievement Award and instigator/producer of the Kennedy ...
(from the organization's inception in 1967 until 1980) and
Jean Picker Firstenberg Jean Picker Firstenberg is an American who served as the President and CEO of the American Film Institute from 1980 through 2007. She was the Institute's second CEO and the only female to have held that title. At the time of her appointment, she w ...
(from 1980 to 2007).


History

The American Film Institute was founded by a 1965 presidential mandate announced in the
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of the
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White House
by
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Lyndon B. Johnson
—to establish a national arts organization to preserve the legacy of
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heritage, educate the next generation of filmmakers, and honor the artists and their work. Two years later, in 1967, AFI was established, supported by the
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, the
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and the
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. The original 22-member
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Board of Trustees
included actor
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Gregory Peck
as chairman and actor
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Sidney Poitier
as vice-chairman, as well as director
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Francis Ford Coppola
, film historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., lobbyist
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, and other representatives from the arts and academia. The institute established a training program for filmmakers known then as the Center for Advanced Film Studies. Also created in the early years were a repertory film exhibition program at the
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and the
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— a scholarly source for American film history. The institute moved to its current eight-acre
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Hollywood
campus in 1981. The film training program grew into the
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, an accredited graduate school. AFI moved its presentation of first-run and
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from the
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to the historic AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, which hosts the AFI DOCS film festival, making AFI the largest nonprofit film exhibitor in the world. AFI educates audiences and recognizes artistic excellence through its awards programs and 10 Top 10 Lists. In 2017, then-aspiring filmmaker Ilana Bar-Din Giannini claimed that the AFI expelled her after she accused Dezso Magyar of
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her in the early 1980s.


List of programs in brief

AFI educational and cultural programs include: * AFI Awards – an honor celebrating the creative ensembles of the most outstanding motion picture and television programs of the year *
AFI Catalog of Feature Films The ''AFI Catalog of Feature Films'', also known as the ''AFI Catalog'', is an ongoing project by the American Film Institute The American Film Institute (AFI) is an American film A film, also called a movie, motion picture or moving ...
and AFI Archive – the written history of all feature films during the first 100 years of the art form – accessible free online *
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– a film school led by master filmmakers in a graduate-level program * AFI Directing Workshop for Women – a production-based training program committed to increasing the number of women working professionally in screen directing *
AFI Life Achievement Award The AFI Life Achievement Award was established by the board of directors of the American Film Institute The American Film Institute (AFI) is an American film A film, also called a movie, motion picture or moving picture, is a work of ...
– a tradition since 1973, a high honor for a career in film * AFI 100 Years... series – television events and movie reference lists * AFI's two film festivals – AFI Fest in Los Angeles and
AFI Docs The AFI Docs (formerly Silverdocs) documentary film festival is an American international film festival created by the American Film Institute and the Discovery Channel. It is held every year in Silver Spring, Maryland Silver Spring is a census ...
in
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and
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* AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center – a historic theater with year-round art house, first-run and classic film programming in Silver Spring, Maryland * ''
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'' – a magazine that explores the art of new and historic film classics, now a blog on AFI.com


AFI Conservatory

In 1969, the institute established the
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for Advanced Film Studies at Greystone, the Doheny Mansion in
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California
. The first class included filmmakers
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Terrence Malick
,
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, and
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Paul Schrader
. That program grew into the
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, an accredited graduate
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located in the hills above Hollywood, California, providing training in six filmmaking disciplines:
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,
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. Mirroring a professional production environment, Fellows collaborate to make more films than any other graduate level program. Admission to AFI Conservatory is highly selective, with a maximum of 140 graduates per year. In 2013,
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Emmy
and
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-winning director, producer, and screenwriter
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'') joined as the artistic director of the AFI Conservatory where he provides leadership for the film program. Brooks' artistic role at the AFI Conservatory has a rich legacy that includes Daniel Petrie, Jr.,
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, and
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. Award-winning director Bob Mandel served as
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of the AFI Conservatory for nine years. Jan Schuette took over as dean in 2014 and served until 2017. Film producer
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was dean from 2017 until 2019, when Susan Ruskin was appointed.


Notable alumni

AFI Conservatory's alumni have careers in film, television and on the web. They have been recognized with all of the major industry awards—Academy Award, Emmy Award,
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awards, and the
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. Among the alumni of AFI are
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, ('' Red Road'', ''
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('' Entourage''),
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Janusz Kamiński
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AFI programs


AFI Catalog of Feature Films

The AFI Catalog, started in 1968, is a web-based filmographic database. A research tool for film historians, the catalog consists of entries on more than 60,000 feature films and 17,000 short films produced from 1893–2011, as well as AFI Awards Outstanding Movies of the Year from 2000 through 2010. Early print copies of this catalog may also be found at local libraries.


AFI Life Achievement Award


AFI Awards

Created in 2000, the AFI Awards honor the ten outstanding films ("Movies of the Year") and ten outstanding television programs ("TV Programs of the Year"). The awards are a non-competitive acknowledgment of excellence. The awards are announced in December, and a private luncheon for award honorees takes place the following January.


AFI Maya Deren Award


AFI 100 Years... series

The AFI 100 Years... series, which ran from 1998 to 2008 and created jury-selected lists of America's best movies in categories such as Musicals, Laughs and Thrills, prompted new generations to experience classic American films. The juries consisted of over 1,500 artists, scholars, critics, and historians. ''
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'' was voted the greatest American film twice.


AFI film festivals

AFI operates two film festivals: AFI Fest in Los Angeles, and AFI Docs (formally known as Silverdocs) in
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AFI Fest

AFI Fest is the American Film Institute's annual celebration of artistic excellence. It is a showcase for the best festival films of the year and an opportunity for master filmmakers and emerging artists to come together with audiences in the movie capital of the world. It is the only festival of its stature that is free to the public. The
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recognizes AFI Fest as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category for the annual
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. The festival has paid tribute to numerous influential filmmakers and artists over the years, including
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Pedro Almodóvar
and
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David Lynch
as guest artistic directors, and has screened scores of films that have produced Oscar nominations and wins.


AFI Docs

Held annually in June,
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The festival attracts over 27,000 documentary enthusiasts.


AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is a moving image exhibition, education and cultural center located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Anchored by the restoration of noted architect John Eberson's historic 1938 Silver Theatre, it features 32,000 square feet of new construction housing two stadium theatres, office and meeting space, and reception and exhibit areas. The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center presents film and video programming, augmented by filmmaker interviews, panels, discussions, and musical performances.


The AFI Directing Workshop for Women

The Directing Workshop for Women is a training program committed to educating and mentoring participants in an effort to increase the number of women working professionally in screen directing. In this tuition-free program, each participant is required to complete a short film by the end of the year-long program. Alumnae of the program include
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AFI Directors Series

AFI released a set of hour-long programs reviewing the career of acclaimed directors. The Directors Series content was copyrighted in 1997 by Media Entertainment Inc and The American Film Institute, and the VHS and DVDs were released between 1999 and 2001 on Winstar TV and Video. Directors featured included: * John McTiernan (WHE73067) * Ron Howard (WHE73068) * Sydney Pollack (WHE73071) * Norman Jewison (WHE73076) * Lawrence Kasdan (WHE73088) * Terry Gilliam (WHE73089) * Spike Lee (WHE73090) * Barry Levinson (WHE73093) * Miloš Forman (WHE73094) * Martin Scorsese (WHE73098) * Barbra Streisand (WHE73099) * David Cronenberg (WHE73101) * Robert Zemeckis (WHE73131) * Robert Altman * John Frankenheimer * Adrian Lyne * Garry Marshall * William Friedkin * Clint Eastwood * David Zucker (filmmaker), David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker (film director), Jerry Zucker * Roger Corman * Michael Mann (director), Michael Mann * James Cameron * Rob Reiner * Joel Schumacher * Steven Spielberg * Wes Craven


See also

* British Film Institute, the British equivalent to AFI


References


External links

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AFI Los Angeles Film Festival - history and information
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