American Film Institute
Who Are We?
The American Film Institute is America’s promise to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. As a nonprofit educational arts organization, AFI provides leadership in film and television and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts.
The American Film Institute champions the moving image as an art form.
The AFI Archive and the AFI Catalog of Feature Films preserve the legacy of America’s film heritage for future generations, comprising rare footage from across the history of the moving image and compiling an authoritative record of the first 100 years of American film.
The AFI Conservatory — the Institute’s world-renowned filmmaker training program
Today, the Conservatory offers a two-year MFA degree in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. In a collaborative production environment, AFI Fellows learn to master the art of storytelling, collectively creating up to 175 films a year.