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The American Film Institute
American Film Institute
(AFI) is an American film
American 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.


1 Leadership 2 History 3 List of programs in brief 4 AFI Conservatory

4.1 Notable alumni

5 AFI programs

5.1 AFI Catalog of Feature Films 5.2 AFI Life Achievement Award 5.3 AFI Awards 5.4 AFI Maya Deren Award 5.5 AFI 100 Years... series 5.6 AFI film festivals

5.6.1 AFI Fest 5.6.2 AFI Docs

5.7 AFI Silver
AFI Silver
Theatre and Cultural Center 5.8 The AFI Directing Workshop for Women

6 AFI Directors Series 7 In popular culture 8 2017 Sexual harassment allegations 9 See also 10 References 11 External links

Leadership[edit] The institute is composed of leaders from the film, entertainment, business and academic communities. A board of trustees chaired by Sir Howard Stringer
Howard Stringer
and a board of directors chaired by Robert A. Daly guide the organization, which is led by President
and CEO, film historian Bob Gazzale. Prior leaders were founding director George Stevens, Jr. (from the organization's inception in 1967 until 1980) and Jean Picker Firstenberg (from 1980 to 2007).[2] History[edit] The American Film Institute
American Film Institute
was founded by a 1965 presidential mandate announced in the Rose Garden of the White House
White House
by Lyndon B. Johnson – to establish a national arts organization to preserve the legacy of American film
American film
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 National Endowment for the Arts, the Motion Picture Association of America
Motion Picture Association of America
and the Ford Foundation.[3] The original 22-member Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
included actor Gregory Peck as chairman and actor Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
as vice-chairman as well as director Francis Ford Coppola, film historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and lobbyist Jack Valenti
Jack Valenti
and other representatives from the arts and academia.[4] 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 Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the AFI Catalog of Feature Films — a scholarly source for American film
American film
history. The institute moved to its current eight-acre Hollywood
campus in 1981.[5] The film training program grew into the AFI Conservatory, an accredited graduate school. AFI moved its presentation of first-run and auteur films from the Kennedy Center
Kennedy Center
to the historic AFI Silver
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. List of programs in brief[edit] 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 and AFI Archive – the written history of all feature films during the first 100 years of the art form – accessible free online;[6] AFI Conservatory
AFI Conservatory
– a film school led by master filmmakers in a graduate level program;[7] 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
AFI Life Achievement Award
– a tradition since 1973, a high honor for a career in film;[8] AFI 100 Years... series – television events and movie reference lists;[9] AFI's two film festivals – in Los Angeles, AFI Fest presented by Audi
and AFI Docs, which takes place in Washington,D.C. and Silver Spring, Maryland. AFI Silver
AFI Silver
Theatre and Cultural Center – an historic theater with year-round art house, first-run and classic film programming in Silver Spring, Maryland;[10] American Film – magazine that explores the art of new and historic film classics, now a blog on AFI.com.

AFI Conservatory[edit] In 1969, the institute established the AFI Conservatory
AFI Conservatory
for Advanced Film Studies at Greystone, the Doheny Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. The first class included filmmakers Terrence Malick, Caleb Deschanel and Paul Schrader.[11] That program grew into the AFI Conservatory, an accredited graduate film school located in the hills above Hollywood, California, providing training in six filmmaking disciplines: cinematography, directing, editing, producing, production design and screenwriting. Mirroring a professional production environment, Fellows collaborate to make more films than any other graduate level program. Admission to AFI Conservatory
AFI Conservatory
is highly selective, with a maximum of 140 graduates per year.[12] In 2013, Emmy and Oscar-winning director, producer and screenwriter James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(As Good as It Gets, Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment) joined AFI as Artistic Director of the AFI Conservatory where he provides leadership for the film program.[13] Brooks' artistic role at the AFI Conservatory
AFI Conservatory
has a rich legacy that includes Daniel Petrie, Jr., Robert Wise
Robert Wise
and Frank Pierson. Award-winning director Bob Mandel served as Dean of the AFI Conservatory
AFI Conservatory
for nine years. Jan Schuette took over as Dean in 2014 and served until 2017. Film Producer Richard Gladstein became Dean on July 1, 2017. Notable alumni[edit] 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, guild awards, and the Tony Award. Among the alumni of AFI are Andrea Arnold, (Red Road, Fish Tank), Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky
(Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan), Carl Colpaert (Gas Food Lodging, Hurlyburly, Swimming with Sharks), Doug Ellin (Entourage), Todd Field
Todd Field
(In the Bedroom, Little Children), Jack Fisk (Badlands, Days of Heaven, There Will Be Blood), Carl Franklin
Carl Franklin
(One False Move, Devil in a Blue Dress, House of Cards), Patty Jenkins (Monster, Wonder Woman), Janusz Kamiński
Janusz Kamiński
(Lincoln, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan), Matthew Libatique
Matthew Libatique
(Noah, Black Swan), David Lynch (Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet), Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick
(Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life), Victor Nuñez, (Ruby in Paradise, Ulee's Gold), Wally Pfister (Memento, The Dark Knight, Inception), Robert Richardson (Platoon, JFK, Django Unchained) and many others.[14] AFI programs[edit]

AFI Catalog of Feature Films[edit] Main article: 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 your local library.[15] AFI Life Achievement Award[edit] Main article: AFI Life Achievement Award AFI Awards[edit] Each year the AFI Awards[16] 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 acknowledgement of excellence. The Awards are announced in December and a private luncheon for award honorees takes place the following January. AFI Maya Deren Award[edit] Main article: Maya Deren Award AFI 100 Years... series[edit] 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, with movies selected based on the film's popularity over time, historical significance and cultural impact. Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane
was voted the greatest American film
American film
twice. AFI film festivals[edit] AFI operates two film festivals: AFI Fest in Los Angeles, and AFI Docs (formally known as Silverdocs) in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.. AFI Fest[edit] AFI Fest is the American Film Institute's annual celebration of artistic excellence. The festival 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. AFI Fest is the only festival of its stature that is free to the public. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI Fest as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category for the annual Academy Awards. The festival has paid tribute to numerous influential filmmakers and artists over the years, including Agnès Varda, Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
and David Lynch
David Lynch
as guest artistic directors, and has screened scores of films that have produced Oscar nominations and wins. The American Film Market (AFM) is the market partner of AFI Fest. Audi
is the festival's presenting sponsor. Additional sponsors include American Airlines
American Airlines
and Stella Artois. AFI Docs[edit] Held annually in June, AFI Docs (formerly Silverdocs) is a documentary festival in Washington, D.C.. The festival attracts over 27,000 documentary enthusiasts. AFI Silver
AFI Silver
Theatre and Cultural Center[edit] The AFI Silver
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
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[edit] 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.[17] Alumnae of the program include Maya Angelou, Anne Bancroft, Dyan Cannon, Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Getzinger, Lesli Linka Glatter
Lesli Linka Glatter
and Nancy Malone.[18] AFI Directors Series[edit] 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.[19] Directors featured included:

John McTiernan
John McTiernan
(WHE73067) Ron Howard
Ron Howard
(WHE73068) Sydney Pollack
Sydney Pollack
(WHE73071) Norman Jewison
Norman Jewison
(WHE73076) Lawrence Kasdan
Lawrence Kasdan
(WHE73088) Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
(WHE73089) Spike Lee
Spike Lee
(WHE73090) Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson
(WHE73093) Miloš Forman
Miloš Forman
(WHE73094) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(WHE73098) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(WHE73099) David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg
(WHE73101) Robert Zemeckis
Robert Zemeckis
(WHE73131) Robert Altman John Frankenheimer Adrian Lyne Garry Marshall William Friedkin Clint Eastwood David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker Roger Corman Michael Mann James Cameron Rob Reiner Joel Schumacher Steven Spielberg Wes Craven

In popular culture[edit] Indian investigative journalist Rana Ayyub
Rana Ayyub
posed as Maithili Tyagi, a student from the institute.[20] She stung many bureaucrats of Gujarat in an undercover investigation to reveal their views on post-2002 Gujarat
riots and Police encounter killings. She has documented the verbatim transcript of these recordings in her 2016 book Gujarat Files:Anatomy of a Cover Up.[21] 2017 Sexual harassment allegations[edit] On November 3, 2017, Ilana Bar-Din Giannini claimed that the AFI expelled her after she accused Dezso Magyar of sexual harassing her in the early 1980s.[22] See also[edit]

Film in the United States
United States

British Film Institute, the British equivalent to AFI


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Board of Trustees
etc". American Film Institute. October 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2014.  ^ "AFI Conservatory: Still the Program of Choice". MovieMaker. June 21, 2002.  ^ "Jean Picker Firstenberg". Mount Holyoke College.  ^ "AFI's departing chief looks back". Variety. June 6, 2007.  ^ "About the AFI Catalog of Feature Films". American Film Institute. Retrieved September 13, 2014.  ^ " AFI Conservatory
AFI Conservatory
Ranked #1 Film School in the World by The Hollywood
Reporter". PR Newswire. July 28, 2011.  ^ "The AFI Life Achievement Awards". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 28, 2014.  ^ "AFI's 100 Years..." American Film Institute.  ^ " AFI Silver
AFI Silver
Theater and Cultural Arts Center". Silver Spring's Downtown.  ^ "AFI to Honor Cinematograher Caleb Deschanel". Variety. May 27, 2015.  ^ "Hana Kazim, first Emirati to graduate from renowned AFI Conservatory, shares her experiences". The National. July 6, 2014.  ^ " James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
Joins AFI Conservatory
AFI Conservatory
as Artistic Director (Exclusive)". The Hollywood
Reporter. June 17, 2013.  ^ " American Film Institute
American Film Institute
Conservatory Alumni". American Film Institute.  ^ American Film Institute. (1971). Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films. Berkeley: University of California
Press. ^ "AFI Awards". American Film Institute. Retrieved 23 October 2016.  ^ "DWW: The Program". American Film Institute.  ^ "AFI Expands Workshop for Women Directors". Variety. August 21, 2014.  ^ "WinStar TV and Video (Firm)". WorldCat Identities.  ^ "How Rana Ayyub
Rana Ayyub
had to become Maithili Tyagi for her investigations in Gujarat". Scroll.in. Retrieved 5 January 2018.  ^ " Gujarat
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