The American Film Institute was founded in 1967. It's original Board of Trustees included, among others, Gregory Peck (Chair), Sidney Poitier (Vice Chair), Francis Ford Coppola, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and Jack Valenti. It is located in Los Angeles.
... 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 ... AFI preserves the legacy of America's film heritage for future generations through the AFI Archive, 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 ... AFI honors the artists and their work through a variety of annual programs and special events, including the AFI Life Achievement Award and AFI Awards ... AFI educates the next generation of storytellers at its AFI Conservatory, which has been consistently recognized as one of the world's top film schools, boasting alumni including Darren Aronofsky, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kamiński, Heidi Levitt, Matthew Libatique, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Wally Pfister, Robert Richardson, Ed Zwick and so many more. 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.(afi.com)