1. This Film School Is the Winner of the Oscars 2023

    This Film School Is the Winner of the Oscars 2023

    Curious about which film schools produced the most winners and nominees at the 95th Academy Awards? We ranked the top 4 film schools at the film industry’s biggest night of the year according to their ratio of Academy Awards nominations to wins and the weight of each category. Plus, find out how...
  2. RJ10

    Admitted (After Interview) AFI Production Design MFA

    Simple application process, although nerve-wracking. Just put together my best collection of works, mostly architectural works as I am an architecture undergrad. Submitted all required materials by Dec 1, 2022. Definitely spent a lot of time on writing the narrative statement, talking about my...
  3. A

    Admitted (After Interview) AFI Editing 2023 - International

    First time applying. An international applicant. I specifically chose to submit films that displayed my technical and narrative use of *editing* in the most creative way with a lot of variety. Everything in my application was focused on expressing myself through the lens of editing (which is...
  4. K

    Waitlisted (After Interview) AFI Directing Fall 2023

    It was ok, AFI doesn't request as much material as other schools, and I believe that's a good thing. I guess I had a pretty good portfolio and what might have taken me down a bit was the interview, in which I was very nervous and guess felt too intimidated haha
  5. P

    Application format for the 2023 cycle for 2024

    Hi, would anyone know when applying to AFI what format the Vision statement requires and do people write the personal statement in the first person POV?
  6. A

    AFI Conservatory 2024 Screenwriting - Let’s do this

    Let’s connect people and I hope we all make it in 2024.
  7. K

    Denied (w/o Interview) AFI Screenwriting MFA - Fall 2023

    Little bit (okay, fine—a lot) bummed I didn't get in because this was an application I put a lot of thought and effort into, but I know AFI is stupidly competitive and this is only my first time applying with very limited film experience. As with my USC app, most of my materials were done at the...
  8. E

    How to rank/compare AFI vs Stark vs Columbia producing programs?

    Finances aside, how would you choose between AFI Creative Producing, USC Peter Stark Program and Columbia University Creative Producing?
  9. N

    Denied (After Interview) AFI MFA Screenwriting

    Less admission requirements than USC. one prompt and a straightforward Statement of purpose essay. The interview was good but I messed up because I said I had just gotten used to writing regularly.
  10. nvf101

    Looking for associate and executive producer for my AFI thesis film #afi

    Hi everyone 😊 My name is Nicholas, I am an award winning film director from London, UK - and I am currently in my 2nd year on the Directing MFA at The American Film Institute. The film that me and my team are producing is called SOME KIND OF PARADISE, and tells the story of a lonely Arizona...
  11. BranTheHuman

    Applied AFI, Fall 2023 - Directing

    So far, so good. Like I stated above, I had about two weeks before the deadline to finish up a short film that I wanted to submit, write and shoot a scene based on their prompt, write the narrative statement and other papers, get two letters of recommendation, and get my unofficial transcripts...
  12. Chris W

    AFI Interview Questions

    Here are some interview questions from this year. Please quote and post others in this thread that you find.
  13. O

    Applied AFI DIRECTING - 2023

    Pretty good! I enjoyed filling out the application. I actually figured out a way to enjoy writing the essays, which was a miracle. I like having a prompt when I make something, so making the short was fun.
  14. jordanrosephotos

    Applied AFI- Directing Fall 2023

    I enjoyed the application process- the prompt for the short film was pretty broad & vague, but I appreciated the room to create whatever I wanted. For the sample, I submitted a chunk of a longer film I made recently. I didn't want to change the pace/the way it was edited by cutting it down...
  15. R

    Denied (w/o Interview) AFI Producing - 2023

    The instructions were simple and I thought my application was solid overall but I knew my chances of getting in were slim given AFI's fierce competition. Fuck it tho I was happy to have prepared everything and have submitted the application on time...although I have not receive an interview...
  16. B

    Admitted but Not Attending (After Interview) AFI Producing - 2023

    The application materials were clearly laid out. The Vision Statement piece of the application was interesting as it allowed a bit more room for context around why I chose a particular story (where other applications are looking for more concise, to the point concepts). Interview notification...
  17. anythingatall

    Denied (w/o Interview) AFI Directing Fall 2023

    Uploaded required documents to GradCAS and waited. Process of uploaded to GradCAS was easy. Deadline for submission was 1 Dec. Have yet to hear from them.
  18. anythingatall

    Denied (After Interview) AFI Screenwriting Fall 2023

    Uploaded required documents to GradCAS and waited. Process of uploaded to GradCAS was easy. Deadline for submission was 1 Dec. They told me to submit a non-professional headshot to identify me for the interview, as well as the names of the interviewers. Waiting for the interview on 24th Jan.
  19. Maymers

    Applied AFI DIRECTING - 2023

    Was stressing over the "conflict" short and struggling with the script - but a trip to Provence with some film school classmates provided the perfect inspiration and I unexpectedly shot it there. Funnily enough, I feel it is the best short script I've ever written - the most cohesive and simple...
  20. D

    Attending (Admitted After Interview) AFI Cinematography - 2023

    I applied just in time for the initial deadline of 1st December 2022, because I didn't want to leave my application to chance. I have been pretty determined to make sure my application is as good as it can be. My biggest challenge was the 10/60 prompt, as I was sick with the one and only covid...

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