- It stands to reason that a renowned institution for film studies would be located in Los Angeles. Sponsor of the Los Angeles Film Festival and one of the finest places to study film in the world, this establishment is a government-backed institution founded in 1965. The institute offers courses to accomplished filmmakers and the general public, as well as various programs aimed at film preservation. This is the nation's main AFI campus with the other major component being the AFI National Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. There is no admission fee for tours. Call for details on class times and access to research facilities.
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