American Film Institute (AFI) - Directing Applicants 2021

I GOT IN!!!!! WAAAHHHH I’m over the moon. Won’t hear about financial aid/scholarships for another 10 days, but holy sh*****t
Woohoo! Congrats! Here's the link to gain access to the private AFI forums so you can meet your classmates:


To those that didn't get in don't give up and you can try again next year. We're interviewing AFI admissions this week so if you have any questions for them please let us know here:


Also everyone be sure to add or update your Applications in our database to help others and so we can gather the best data about all the different film programs.

 
Rejected but no surprise there since I wasn't interviewed haha. Let's try again next year!

Congratulations to everyone who got in and everyone waitlisted!!! I look forward to seeing y'all do AMAs in the future!
 
P.S. If anyone who was accepted or waitlisted would be willing to share (privately or publicly, however you wish) the links to the projects you submitted, I would be very appreciative!!! I'd love to see the quality of storytelling I need to work up to :)
 
Also be sure to update your applications in our database if you got Waitlisted or rejected. It'll help the site tremendously with the stats for each film school and will help us figure out how many people who are Waitlisted are accepted off of the wait-list for each film program.


Don't give up! Keep creating. And remember film school is just a step in the journey. (And not even a necessary step)
 
Hi everyone! I've been following all the different decisions coming in today, it's been a busy day! I got rejected by AFI today, was waitlisted/accepted for spring at USC (and will definitely go!).
Something that caught my eye that I thought was really interesting: from what I can tell so far, people who applied to both AFI and USC seem to by accepted/waitlisted to only one of these schools! There's a really peculiar pattern of people who got rejected by USC now getting into AFI and vice versa. Did anyone else notice this or was this your outcome too?
What are your theories? Secret back channel between the schools? Or are they just looking for something different in applicants in general?
Interested to hear some thoughts on this!
Congrats to everyone who got accepted today!!
 
Hi everyone! I've been following all the different decisions coming in today, it's been a busy day! I got rejected by AFI today, was waitlisted/accepted for spring at USC (and will definitely go!).
Something that caught my eye that I thought was really interesting: from what I can tell so far, people who applied to both AFI and USC seem to by accepted/waitlisted to only one of these schools! There's a really peculiar pattern of people who got rejected by USC now getting into AFI and vice versa. Did anyone else notice this or was this your outcome too?
What are your theories? Secret back channel between the schools? Or are they just looking for something different in applicants in general?
Interested to hear some thoughts on this!
Congrats to everyone who got accepted today!!
That's an interesting theory. I was rejected by USC after my interviewer said I had very high chances of getting in. And I was waitlisted by AFI. I think you're into something.
 
Hi everyone! I've been following all the different decisions coming in today, it's been a busy day! I got rejected by AFI today, was waitlisted/accepted for spring at USC (and will definitely go!).
Something that caught my eye that I thought was really interesting: from what I can tell so far, people who applied to both AFI and USC seem to by accepted/waitlisted to only one of these schools! There's a really peculiar pattern of people who got rejected by USC now getting into AFI and vice versa. Did anyone else notice this or was this your outcome too?
What are your theories? Secret back channel between the schools? Or are they just looking for something different in applicants in general?
Interested to hear some thoughts on this!
Congrats to everyone who got accepted today!!
Probably just looking for different sorts of applicants. USC is very much focused on a breadth of production interests while AFI appears to like applicants who are very passionate about a single discipline. Likewise, USC seems more industry-minded and focused on getting students employment in Hollywood after graduating, while AFI is basically an art conservatory.

I know my personal statement and production experience felt better suited to the sort of student USC is looking for so I'm not at all surprised AFI rejected me and USC waitlisted me for fall. In fact, my interviewer from USC all but said that would be my result back in late Jan, specifically telling me that if I see a waitlisted decision, I should remain on the waitlist because I'd receive the spring spot.
 
Anyone like me still not hearing the decision? So confused
 
Anyone have any insight into how likely it is to be accepted from the waitlist at AFI? Also can second that I was rejected from USC (and probs NYU from the looks of things) so I assume each school look for v different qualities from their filmmakers
 
Hi everyone! I've been following all the different decisions coming in today, it's been a busy day! I got rejected by AFI today, was waitlisted/accepted for spring at USC (and will definitely go!).
Something that caught my eye that I thought was really interesting: from what I can tell so far, people who applied to both AFI and USC seem to by accepted/waitlisted to only one of these schools! There's a really peculiar pattern of people who got rejected by USC now getting into AFI and vice versa. Did anyone else notice this or was this your outcome too?
What are your theories? Secret back channel between the schools? Or are they just looking for something different in applicants in general?
Interested to hear some thoughts on this!
Congrats to everyone who got accepted today
I was accepted to AFI and waitlisted at USC, but it seemed from the interview that each school was into very different parts of my app.
 
I would reach out to the Admissions office and ask. They sent out all notifications on March 15... maybe went into your spam folder?

My decision email was in my spam folder.

Mine was sent to my promotions folder on gmail
Thanks for your reply. I checked everywhere but still found nothing. Already send an inquiry email to AFI. And congrats to all the acceptances!
 
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