American Film Institute

American Film Institute

Non-profit foundation for film established in Washington, DC in 1967 under the aegis of President Lyndon Johnson’s support of the National Endowment for the Arts. Its mission is to preserve and advance film through restoration, cataloguing and training future filmmakers (primarily at its Los Angeles campus). It offers achievement awards, lectures and honorary degrees, publishes the journal American Film and operates a showcase theater at Disneyworld. Despite its success at restoring and cataloguing historical films and raising consciousness about the loss of American film heritage, its goals and accomplishments sometimes have been clouded by controversy.

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