"We will create an American Film Institute, bringing together leading artists of the film industry, outstanding educators and young men and women who wish to pursue the 20th-century art form as their life's work,"
President Lyndon B. Johnson - September 29th, 1965

Notable Alumni



Amy Heckerling - Cluless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Jonathan Levine - 50/50, THe Wackness

David Lynch - Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead

Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line, Days of Heaven, Badlands

Darren Aranofsky - Black Swan, The Wrestler, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream

I admire Darren Aronofsky and his ability to tell such a wide variety of stories. I particularly respond to The Wrestler and find the transformation of Randy stunning and heartbreaking. Aronofsky's character study of this man is perfection. 
- Mia Niebruegge, Director, SNOWPLOW


Pieter Jan Bruegge - Heat, The Insider

Stuart Cornfeld - Tropic Thunder, The Big Year

Anne Garefino - South Park

Eric Watson - Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain

Philip Lee - The Dark Knight, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Philip Lee is the type of Producer who sees an action line in a script and doesn't ask, "Is this necessary?", but asks, "How can we make this even better?" When Christopher Nolan wanted to flip a semi-truck end-over-end, Lee put together a team that not only did it safely, but made it a visual spectacle for a captivated audience. Alongside Christopher Nolan, Philip Lee put together a team that could make anything possible. That is the kind of producing I long to do, and have begun doing with the brilliant team on SNOWPLOW.
Joshua Valle, Producer, SNOWPLOW


Caleb Deschanel - The Natural, The Right Stuff

Robert Elswit - There Will Be Blood, Good Night and Good Luck

Janusz Kaminski - Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List

Matthew Libatique - Straight Outta Compton, Black Swan, Cowboys and Aliens

Wally Pfister - The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception

Rachel Morrison - Fruitvale Station, Cake, Dope

Rachel Morrison, by far one of my favorite cinematography alumni from AFI, does not only inspire me as a female cinematographer who has found success despite the glaring odds, but more importantly as an artist who has provided the perfect eye into each story world that she has encountered -
Favienne Howsepian, Cinematographer, SNOWPLOW


Paul Schrader - Taxi Driver, Raging Bull

Scott Silver, The Fighter, 8 Mile

Dawn Prestwich - The Killing, Carnivale

John Shiban - Breaking Bad, The X-Files

Brad Falchuk - American Horror Story, Glee, Nip/Tuck

Brad Falchuck has found success in writing and producing great television across genres, and is at the forefront of what's next. I'm a huge fan of AMERICAN HORROR STORY and know that when he's attached to a project it's going to be binge-worthy TV.
- Dr. Christopher Greenslate, Co-Writer, SNOWPLOW


Jonathan Alberts - Like Crazy, Pedro

Victor DuBois - The Last Samurai, Grey's Anatomy

Eli Nilsen - The Closer, NYPD Blue

Josh Noyes - The Dynamiter, The Wackness

Howard Smith - The Abyss, Glengarry Glen Ross