About the American Film Institute
AFI is America's promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of
AFI provides leadership in film, television and digital media and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts.
the legacy of America's film heritage for future generations through the
, comprised of rare footage from across the history of the moving image and the
AFI Catalog of Feature Films
, an authoritative record of American films from 1893 to the present.
the artists and their work through a variety of annual programs and special events, including the
AFI Life Achievement Award
. Celebrating its 40th year, the AFI Life Achievement Award has remained the highest honor for a career in film while
, the Institute's almanac for the 21st century, honors the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year.
AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies
television events and movie reference lists have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers. And as the largest nonprofit exhibitor in
the United States
, AFI offers film enthusiasts a variety of events throughout the year, including
AFI Fest presented by Audi
, the Institute's annual celebration of excellence in global cinema;
AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs
, the largest documentary festival in the U.S., celebrating its 10th edition this year; and year-round programming at the
AFI Silver Theatre
the next generation of storytellers at its world-renowned
, named the #1 film school in the world by The Hollywood Reporter for the quality of its instructors and speakers, and its "glittering parade of alumni." AFI Conservatory offers a two-year Master of Fine Arts degree in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. Aspiring artists learn from the masters in a collaborative, hands-on production environment with an emphasis on storytelling.
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About the AFI Life Achievement Award
The highest honor given for a career in film, the
AFI Life Achievement Award
was established by the AFI Board of Trustees on
, 1973. It is presented to a single honoree each year based on the following criteria as mandated through a resolution passed by the AFI Board of Trustees: "The recipient should be one whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time."
2012 AFI Life Achievement Award
joins an esteemed group of individuals who have been chosen for this distinguished honor since its inception in 1973:
(2000), Barbra Streisand (2001),
Robert De Niro
(2003), Meryl Streep (2004),
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