American Film Institute

American nonprofit educational arts organization devoted to film

The American Film Institute (AFI) is an independent, organization that is designed not to make money created by the National Endowment for the Arts, which was started in 1967 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act.

American Film Institute
FoundedJune 5, 1967; 57 years ago (1967-06-05)[1]
Key people

George Stevens, Jr. was the first director of the organization. Jean Picker Firstenberg was the director from 1980 to 2007. Bob Gazzale is the current President and CEO.

The AFI Conservatory trains new filmmakers.

Even though its name only mentions film, AFI also works on television and video.

In 1973, the AFI began handing out Life Achievement Awards.

In 1998, when American cinema had existed for 100 years, AFI began its 100 Years Series, which helped people become interested in the history of movies.

Recently, it built and started the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultrual Center in Silver Spring, Maryland near Washington, D.C.

AFI 100 Years series


In honor of the hundredth birthday of American cinema, the AFI has made several lists of the best movie-related things:


  1. Howe, Desson (June 5, 1987). "Film Notes". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 10, 2017. And the AFI was born June 5, 1967 -- exactly 20 years ago.

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