The American Film Institute (AFI) announced a half million dollar grant from the Time Warner Foundation to create five full scholarships to the AFI Conservatory for applicants from communities traditionally under-represented in film and television.
The scholarships, named as Time Warner Fellowships, are part of the AFI Conservatory’s notable increase in scholarship opportunities for both current and incoming Fellows.
As previously announced, more than $6.2 million has been raised for the select program of approximately 260 Fellows.
“Diversity is often the essential spark that catalyzes the creative process," said Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of the American Film Institute. "We are honored that Time Warner has chosen the AFI Conservatory as the place to illustrate their global commitment to ensuring new voices in America's art form."
The first of these five scholarships was issued this Fall 2013 to Adriana González-Vega, a first-year AFI Directing Fellow who stands out as an exemplary model of American auteur filmmaking.
González-Vega is a first year Directing Fellow at the AFI Conservatory. She received a BFA in Film from Syracuse University. She also studied abroad at the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in the Czech Republic where she directed a 35mm narrative short film. González-Vega lists her influences among a wide range of filmmakers such as Luis Buñuel, Satyajit Ray, Pedro Almodóvar and Sally Potter.
Her film and entertainment experiences have included Mandalay Entertainment Group, the sitcom RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, Badillo Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi, FAST AND FURIOUS: FAST FIVE and Paradiso Films. Most recently, González-Vega took an advanced screenwriting workshop with screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga.
Her thesis film FRENTE AL MAR (OCEANFRONT) won the Renée Crown University Honors' Orlin Prize, Best Student Film at the Carmel Art and Film Festival and Best Actress at Cinefiesta and was an official selection at the Montreal World Film Festival.