Alumni Events & Announcements

NOVEMBER 9–16 | AFI FEST presented by Audi
Are you ready for AFI FEST? Here's what you need to know:

AFI FEST Online Film Guide
Learn about this year's slate of films here.

AFI FEST Cinepass

  • Each alumnus is eligible to receive one (1) AFI FEST Cinepass, which grants admission to all Special Screenings, Conversations, Presentations, the Tech Showcase and general screenings, subject to seating availability. This pass does NOT grant access to Galas.
  • Online registration for the Cinepass is now closed. If you submitted your registration prior to October 26, your Cinepass is now available for pick-up at the AT&T Box Office during box office hours. You may skip the ticketing line and head straight to the Alumni/Fellows/Members counter to pick up your pass. You must present a valid photo I.D. To avoid long lines, we recommend that you pick up your pass prior to November 9.
  • If you did not submit a registration, you may still request a Cinepass in-person during box office hours. Please note that this requires your Cinepass to be created on-site, which may result in additional waiting time.

AFI FEST AT&T Box Office Location and Hours
Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 107
Los Angeles, CA 90028

November 4–8: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
November 9, 13–16: 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
November 10–12: 10:00 a.m.–11:59 p.m.

AFI FEST Online Ticketing
Online ticket selection to the general public is open. You may want to use the online ticketing system if:

  • You have any non-alumni guests (e.g. spouse, friends, family members) who wish to attend the festival with you. Those without a pass must reserve tickets to screenings.
  • You would like to attend a Gala (all Galas require a voucher — details here).


Join your AFI family at the annual Alumni Reunion — our biggest alumni event of the year — during AFI FEST!

We will present the William J. Fadiman Award for Screenwriting, Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Award and Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award to this year's recipients in an awards ceremony with the reunion reception immediately following.

Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Location: The Hollywood Roosevelt | Cinema Lounge
7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028


The AFI Conservatory (AFIC) Women Directors Association is celebrating their launch at AFI FEST presented by Audi. Membership is comprised of AFIC Directing alumnae who have successfully completed their master's degrees and are actively engaged in building bridges to the profession.

Join AFIC Women Directing alumnae and special guests, and find out how you can get involved.

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Hollywood Roosevelt | VIZIO Lounge
7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

RSVP: Email


Joey Ally (AFI DWW, Class of 2016) was featured in The New Yorker and Splinter for her short film JOY JOY NAILS.

URBAN NIGHTMARES — an original series created and co-written by Martin W. Andersen (AFI Class of 2011) and Rod Peyton (AFI Class of 2011) — premiered October 30 on the blackpills app. Produced by horror director Alexandre Aja and Alix Taylor, the production included co-director/ executive producer Martin W. Andersen, co-director/executive producer Casey Cooper Johnson (AFI Class of 2011), cinematographer Sevdije Kastrati (AFI Class of 2011), production designer Benjamin Ralston (AFI Class of 2012), line producer Samantha Manalang (AFI Class of 2011), editor Anders Hoffmann (AFI Class of 2011), production coordinator Avi Quijada (AFI Class of 2011), B-camera operator/ key grip Ellie Ann Fenton (AFI Class of 2011), gaffer Sam Kim (AFI Class of 2011), VFX lead David Gidali (AFI Class of 2011), blackpills VP of production Lorne Hiltser (AFI Class of 2010) and blackpills supervising producer Dave Szamet (AFI Class of 2010).

Jon Avnet (AFI Class of 1972) and Rodrigo Garcia (AFI Class of 1986) are executive producers, and Sage Scroope (AFI Class of 2010) is a producer, on the drama series FIVE POINTS, which has been picked up by Indigenous Media for Watch, Facebook's new platform for original shows.

Sam Esmail (AFI Class of 2004) was interviewed by Deadline about the current season of MR. ROBOT and was featured by TV Overmind.

Claire Fowler (AFI DWW, Class of 2015), Melissa Hickey (AFI Class of 2013) and Joel Novoa (AFI Class of 2012) were selected as participants for the 2017-2018 Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program.

Liz Hannah (AFI Class of 2009), the screenwriter of Steven Spielberg's THE POST, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, has signed on to pen ONLY PLANE IN THE SKY for MGM.

POWER RANGERS helmer Dean Israelite (AFI Class of 2008) is set to direct the sci-fi thriller UNEXPLAINED PHENOMENON for Amblin Partners.

Leland Orser (BERLIN STATION) is set for a lead role opposite Chris Pine in ONE DAY SHE'LL DARKEN, TNT's limited drama series directed by Patty Jenkins (AFI Class of 2000).

Patty Jenkins (AFI Class of 2000) and David Lynch (AFI Class of 1970) were featured in a special edition of The Hollywood Reporter in celebration of the American Film Institute's 50th Anniversary.

Kendell Courtney Klein (AFI Class of 2014) is the Grand Prize Winner in the 2017 Page International Screenwriting Awards.

Tamika Lamison (AFI DWW, Class of 2002) is running the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP), which aims to fosters awareness and increase directing opportunities for women and minorities. Applications are open through November 15.

Michael Leung (AFI Class of 2017) was the runner-up in the 2017 ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Contest with his script "Flyology."

Producer Dana Lustig (AFI Class of 1998) was featured in The Jerusalem Post for her latest film JUNGLE, a true tale of survival starring Daniel Radcliffe.

David Lynch (AFI Class of 1970) is set to open a cinematography institute and film festival in Tbilisi. Lynch's foundation is also said to be starting a second project in Georgia aimed at post-traumatic rehabilitation and preventing road accidents.

Daniel Marks (AFI Class of 2012) and Levi Smock (AFI Class of 2012) recently produced Hulu's horror short anthology THE HOUSE, in association with the platform's Halloween tent pole, Huluween. The AFI Conservatory alumni team who worked on the project include supervising producer Kieran Valla (AFI Class of 2012), cinematographer Cory Warner (AFI Class of 2014), line producer James Lourie (AFI Class of 2012), gaffers Derek Rittenhouse (AFI Class of 2012) and Stephen St. Peter (AFI Class of 2014), camera operators Antonio Cisneros (AFI Class of 2012), Conci Althouse (AFI Class of 2012) and Petr Cikhart (AFI Class of 2012), editors Vanara Taing (AFI Class of 2012) and Ruben Sebban (AFI Class of 2011), assistant editors Daniel Myers (AFI Class of 2013), Angela Latimer (AFI Class of 2013) and Chris Young (AFI Class of 2016), VFX David Gidali (AFI Class of 2011), and production designer Yong-Ok Lee (AFI Class of 2013).

Produced by Chady Eli Mattar (AFI Class of 2008), WHEELMAN hit Netflix on October 20 and was reported to be one of the finest original films in the streaming giant's catalog, as reviewed by Film School Rejects.

Cinematographer Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006) was featured in SHOOTonline for her work on MUDBOUND, which will open AFI FEST presented by Audi.

Cinematographer Kalilah Robinson (AFI Class of 2016) won the VIZIO + Dolby Filmmaker Challenge for the film LAWMAN.

Ryan Prows' (AFI Class of 2011) crime drama LOWLIFE is making a big impact on festival audiences, as reported by North Shore News. The film is being described as "this generation's PULP FICTION."

Munis Rashid (AFI Class of 2016) was selected to take part in CBS' 2017-18 Writers Mentoring Program. The eight-month mentoring program pairs writers with an executive mentor who helps them develop a new piece of material. Following the mentorship period, the writers participate in a 16-week workshop.

Rose Schimm (AFI Class of 2016) won third place in the teleplay category of the 2017 Slamdance Writing Competition for her script "Fringe Benefit."

Cinematographer Meena Singh (AFI Class of 2009) was interviewed by Newsshooter about her work on Netflix's THE CONFESSION TAPES, a true crime documentary series that investigates cases where people convicted of murder claim their confessions were coerced, involuntary or false.

Los Angeles-based director/writer Gabriela Tagliavini's (AFI Class of 1995) comedy HOW TO BREAK UP WITH YOUR DOUCHEBAG reached number one at the Mexican box office in October and set a new record for 2017, beating the BLADE RUNNER 2049 for the top spot

Netflix has purchased "Power," a spec script from Mattson Tomlin (AFI Class of 2014) that drew a lot of interest and bids from multiple studios. He wrote the scripts "Boy" (2015) and "A Deconstruction of Reality" (2016), both of which were featured on The Black List, the roundup of the best unproduced screenplays.

E! has picked up the pilot for the drama #FASHIONVICTIM. Mark Waters (AFI Class of 1992) is the executive producer and director.

Director Jude Weng's (AFI DWW, Class of 1998) episode of NBC's THE GOOD PLACE premiered on November 2.

Quan Zhou (AFI Class of 2013) was featured on Screen Daily for his film END OF SUMMER, which premiered at the Busan International Film Festival.