American Film Institute (AFI) - Directing Applicants 2021

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
Didn't see an AFI directing 2021 thread so thought I'd create one so you can all get in touch.

Deadline is December 2nd!

How many of you have turned it in? When do you plan on turning it in if you haven't?

I highly recommend not waiting to the last moment btw as one year technical difficulties caused someone to miss the deadline. 😬

Good luck everyone!
 

WhaJin

Member
I have submitted the application two weeks ago just in case! What do you think is the most important aspect of the application? (Directing discipline)
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
I have submitted the application two weeks ago just in case!
Nice!! Be sure to add it to the database. :)


What do you think is the most important aspect of the application? (Directing discipline)
While this interview was USC based... this admissions person thinks the Personal Statement is the most important:

How to get Into USC Film School: An Interview With an SCA Admissions Committee Member

How to get Into USC Film School: An Interview With an SCA Admissions Committee Member

Considered by many to be the best film school in the world, it’s no wonder why the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) is so sought after by prospective undergraduate and graduate students alike. However, the film school’s prestige can often make the application process particularly stressful and...

And be sure to check out this article from a site member who got into both USC and AFI for Screenwriting:

After Three Years of Rejection, I Got Into The Two Best Film Schools in The World. Here Are The Five Things I Learned...

After Three Years of Rejection, I Got Into The Two Best Film Schools in The World. Here Are The Five Things I Learned...

So...you’re applying for film school, huh? I mean, that’s just my assumption. Not sure why you would bother reading this otherwise, especially with where we are currently in The Cycle of Applications. These next couple weeks are pretty much when all the major film school programs have their...

(If you haven't seen those articles yet)
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
Submitted mine as well!
Awesome. Add your application to our database when you get a chance.


Good luck!
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
Any expectation as to when interviews would potentially be scheduled?

January 18 according to past info on our application database:

Film School MFA Acceptance Rates, Minimum GPAs, Decision Dates, and more... (UPDATED with 2020 stats)

Film School MFA Acceptance Rates, Minimum GPAs, Decision Dates, and more... (UPDATED with 2020 stats)

People often ask "What is the minimum GPA for USC film school?" Or "What is the acceptance rate of NYU film school?" The problem is that Film Schools are often very tight lipped and secret about their acceptance rates and the minimum GPAs that they accept. However thanks to the over 2,700...

AFI - Directing
  • FilmSchool.org AFI Acceptance Rate: 26% (22 out of 83 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 2.8
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: January 18
  • Earliest Interview Date: January 31
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 3
 

CJR

Member
Supporter
I haven't but I think I saw two people who said they had been contacted on their own threads, one said on Friday. Trying really hard not to freak out haha. Does anyone know if they schedule interviews on a rolling basis/ should we be disheartened if we didn't hear anything on Friday?
 

runningupthathill

Well-Known Member
I haven't but I think I saw two people who said they had been contacted on their own threads, one said on Friday. Trying really hard not to freak out haha. Does anyone know if they schedule interviews on a rolling basis/ should we be disheartened if we didn't hear anything on Friday?
Were they directing applicants? I know the cinematography and producing applicants are being notified and my friend who attends AFI told me that those are usually the first applicants to hear back.
 

CJR

Member
Supporter
I think so unfortunately for my mental health hahaha -- I saw the two here and here. But I also tried to get a sense from last year and it does seem like the interview invites will be rolling out through early February, so there will definitely be more going out, which is promising! No info as far as I can see on how many views each got on their videos before getting interview invite.
 

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