June 2022 News

AFI Conservatory Emmy® Contenders

AFI is celebrating many of our remarkable Alumni whose innovative projects are in contention for this year’s Emmy® Awards, hosted by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Support your fellow Alumni who have created some of the year’s best television series and movies and learn where you can watch their work. Stay tuned for the official Emmy® nominations when the Television Academy announces them on July 12, 2021.



2022 Cannes Film Festival Announces Award Winners

The 75th edition of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival took place May 17-28 with many of the world’s most revered filmmakers and stars in attendance. Congrats to cinematographer Ji-yong Kim (AFI Class of 2003) and Production Manager Gottlieb Pallendorf (AFI Class of 1994) whose films DECISION TO LEAVE and CORSAGE, respectively, were honored with awards at Cannes this year. Check out all the AFI Alumni with projects at the festival this year.



AFI Alumni Projects at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival

The 21st edition of the Tribeca Film Festival will take place June 8-19, 2022. Congratulations to the AFI Alumni with projects showcasing at the festival this year. Check out their notable work below.



AFI DWW Alum Siân Heder to Receive Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal

AFI announced that Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Siân Heder (AFI DWW Class of 2005), who wrote and directed the acclaimed film CODA, will receive the 2022 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, at the upcoming AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Julie Andrews on June 9.



AFI Alum Paul Schrader to Receive Venice Festival Lifetime Honor

Congratulations to acclaimed writer/director Paul Schrader (AFI Class of 1969) who will be presented with the 2022 Golden Lion for Life Achievement Award at the 79th Venice Film Festival, taking place August 31-September 10. Schrader started as a film critic before penning classics including RAGING BULL and TAXI DRIVER. Most recently he wrote and directed FIRST REFORMED and THE CARD COUNTER – which both debuted at the prestigious festival.



AFI Filmmakers Showcase New Work at CAA Moebius

CAA Moebius, an annual screening series hosted by the Creative Artist Agency to showcase diverse graduate student filmmakers, returned as in-person event this year which was held May 18-19. Congratulations to all the AFI filmmakers who helped bring to life the films LUX NOCTIS, CARRION, MAGDALENA and CHORUS which were selected this year!



Young Women in Film Participants Premiere Films

In May, AFI hosted the Young Women in Film Showcase where the up-and-coming filmmakers screened their work before a captivated audience in the Mark Goodson Screening Room. NAACP Image Award-nominated director Tiffany Johnson (AFI DWW Class of 2018) was also on hand to deliver an inspiring speech to the young artists. Learn more about the program and watch the participants’ six short films below.



Master Filmmaker Gus Van Sant Visits the AFI Conservatory

This spring, AFI Conservatory welcomed Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Gus Van Sant to the AFI Campus to screen his groundbreaking film MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO. Just in time for Pride Month, watch this clip in which he talks about his inspiration for the film and casting River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves.



Network With Fellow AFI Alumni on Backlot

Looking for collaborative partnership, creative guidance or to mentor other AFI alums entering the industry? You can do all of the above and enrich the AFI community on AFI Backlot.



AFI Emails Still Available

You asked, and we have answered! Request an AFI email address to make it easier to contact other Alumni. If you’re interested, please reach out to Alumni Affairs at AlumniEmailRequest@AFI.com.



In Other AFI News…





A24 is set to team up with the non-profit Made in Her Image to launch Beyond the Screen, a new initiative in which 30 women and non-binary people of color between the ages of 18-25 will be chosen to participate in a three-week workshop series. Producer and AFI Alum Deniese Davis (AFI Class of 2012) is on board to participate as one of the creatives in the Beyond the Screen Q&As.


The Sundance Institute announced the fellows selected for its 2022 Directors, Screenwriters and Native Labs this week. Members of the Directors Lab advisor cohort include Lesli Linka Glatter (AFI DWW Class of 1982), Guy Godfree (AFI Class of 2011) and Affonso Gonçalves (AFI Class of 1993).




Jessie Buckley and Riz Ahmed joined director Christos Nikou’s sci-fi romance FINGERNAILS, which is executive produced by Jerome Duboz (AFI Class of 1999) and seeking distribution at Cannes.


Actress and singer Janelle Monaé is set to star as Josephine Baker, an iconic entertainer who spied for the French resistance during World War II, in A24’s new series DE LA RESISTANCE which Angela Gibbs (AFI Class of 1990) is executive producing.


Disney has enlisted AFI DWW Alum Amber Sealey (AFI DWW Class of 2019) to direct a new adaptation of Sharon M. Draper’s award-winning novel “Out of My Mind.”


AFI Alum Arkasha Stevenson (AFI Class of 2015) will make her feature directorial debut on THE FIRST OMEN, a prequel to the original 1976 Fox movie THE OMEN. Stevenson will also do a rewrite on the script, alongside her writing partner Tina Smith.




The American Society of Cinematographers welcomed new member Sandra Valde Hansen (AFI Class of 2006) who also serves on the AFI Conservatory Cinematography Faculty. Congrats!




Starzplay picked up the rights to the QUEER AS FOLK reboot for several international territories, including the U.K., several continental European countries and Latin America, while AFI Alum Brian Dannelly (AFI Class of 1999) served as executive producer and directed several episodes of the series.




Actors Patton Oswalt, Brandon Flynn and Hamish Linklater were cast in Apple Series MANHUNT which will be directed and executive produced by Carl Franklin (AFI Class of 1986).


Peacock recently debuted ANGELYNE, starring Emmy Rossum, which was written and co-produced by Andy Siara (AFI Class of 2015) and executive produced by Sam Esmail (AFI Class of 2004).


Season 5 of YELLOWSTONE, which AFI Alum and cinematographer Mike Parry (AFI Class of 2003) worked on, will premiere November 13, 2022 on Paramount+.


Paramount+ announced that the new young adult comedy HONOR SOCIETY, directed by Oran Zegman (AFI Class of 2018), will debut on the streaming platform on July 29.


A new film, written by AFI Alum Kel Symons (AFI Class of 1995), about Hollywood director Sam Peckinpah’s wild plan to finance his final film with backing from Colombia’s Cali Cartel is being sold at the Cannes Market.


THE LINCOLN LAWYER, which chronicles the life of LA lawyer Mickey Haller who restarts his career when he takes on a murder case, premiered recently on Netflix. Interim Editing Discipline Co-Head Robert Ivison cut four episodes of the first season –including the pilot and finale – and AFI Alum Ray Yamagata (AFI Class of 1998) was the Production Designer on the series.


Odin’s Eye Entertainment has boarded IN VITRO, a sci-fi thriller starring Ashley Zukerman and AFI DWW Alum Talia Zucker (AFI DWW Class of 2019) which is being shopped to buyers for the first time at Cannes.




THE BERLIN BRIDE, written, directed, edited and produced by AFI Alum Michael Bartlett (AFI Class of 1989) will be showcased at The Fantasy Film Festival in Paris that runs June 10-12 at Grand Prix.


BORROWED, directed by Carlos Rafael Betancourt (AFI Class of 2018), will be showcased at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival taking place June 1-5. The film will screen Friday, June 3 at 9:15 p.m. at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Learn more on how to attend.


HBO announced the five finalists for the 2022 American Black Film Festival’s annual short film award, including Gia-Rayne Harris (AFI Class of 2021) who directed PENS & PENCILS. Writer/producer Gem Little (AFI Class of 2021), cinematographer Veronica Bouza (AFI Class of 2020) and editor Lily Judge (AFI Class of 2020) also worked on the project.


Indiewire is tracking acquisitions at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival which kicked off this week. DECISION TO LEAVE, shot by cinematographer Ji-yong Kim (AFI Class of 2003), has been picked up by MUBI while Neon holds the rights to CRIMES OF THE FUTURE, executive produced by Thorsten Schumacher (AFI Class of 2001).


7LBS 8OZ, shot by cinematographer Ino Yang Popper (AFI Class of 2020) and edited by Mengyao Zhang (AFI Class of 2020), recently screened as part of the lineup for American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase 2022. The event provides an opportunity for young filmmakers to have their works seen by Cannes Festival and Film Market attendees.


Variety provided an overview of projects premiering at Cannes that are also Oscar® hopefuls, including CRIMES OF THE FUTURE, DECISION TO LEAVE, ELVIS and TOP GUN: MAVERICK which AFI Alumni all helped bring to the big screen.




BOSCH: LEGACY, executive produced by Pieter Jan Brugge (AFI Class of 1979), was recently renewed for a second season. Sharat Raju (AFI Class of 2003) served as a director while Rafael Nur (AFI Class of 2016) was an editor on the first season of the series.



Priscilla (“Sally”) Mattison (AFI Class of 1986), of Counsel to Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C., was selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers/Thomson Reuters in the Entertainment & Sports category for the third year in a row.


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