American Film Institute (AFI)

At the world-renowned AFI Conservatory, a dedicated group of working professionals from the film and television communities serve as mentors in a hands-on, production-based environment, nurturing the talents of tomorrow’s storytellers. Established in 1969, the two-year Master of Fine Arts program provides 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 is highly selective, with a maximum of only 140 graduates per year. The AFI Conservatory and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation help to bridge the gap between the science and technology community and the world of film and television by stimulating young filmmakers to create compelling drama about science and technology, and to more accurately portray scientists and engineers in narrative, non-documentary film and television.


American Film Institute
Chris Schwartz
AFI Conservatory
2021 N Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Moran Cerf
Sloan Faculty

 AFI Grantees:
The Brain Mirror
Unnatural Science