The American Film Institute has received significant scholarship funding for the AFI Conservatory from Howard Stringer, Lawrence Herbert, David Geffen, Alan Horn, Terry Semel and the Time Warner Foundation.
AFI Board of Directors Chair Robert Daly led the effort with a gift of $1 million in 2012 as a challenge grant to the board of trustees, which raised $2.3 million, including gifts by board chairman Stringer and Herbert. An additional $3.5 million was donated from community leaders such as Geffen, Horn and Semel.
AFI also announced that The Gary Winick Foundation has established an endowed scholarship in Winick’s memory with the first scholarship awarded to AFI Directing Fellow Henry Hughes, a U.S. military veteran. Hughes is participating in ABC’s “Standing Up for Heroes” and has had the opportunity to screen his cycle film for George Lucas, who is now mentoring Hughes’ progress.
The AFI Conservatory has also partnered with the Latino Donor Collaborative to promote filmmakers from the Latino community by offering scholarship funds to be distributed to eight Fellows in the 2013-2014 academic year.