AFI Directing Workshop for Women

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The AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) is the longest-running program dedicated to supporting women and gender nonbinary narrative directors. Committed to providing opportunities for marginalized genders, DWW annually mentors eight filmmakers through the production cycle of a short film, providing hands-on instruction with classes led by industry experts. Since 1974, the program has trained over 350 filmmakers who do more than direct film and television – they push the boundaries of storytelling and its creative process.

— DWW alumna Lesli Linka Glatter

“AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women gave me the opportunity to make my first film and taught me to be a storyteller. I’m forever grateful.”

Each year, DWW provides eight gifted filmmakers with immersive training and the support to complete a short film or digital series. The workshop experience includes classes in screen directing, professional development resources and inroads to the industry — all at no cost to filmmakers. DWW is open to women and gender nonbinary artists with five years or more of professional experience in the arts. The program is tuition-free, though participants are responsible for raising the funds for their projects.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2020 CYCLE HAVE NOW CLOSED. If you applied to the program and are chosen for an interview, you will be notified in October or November.

Please visit our HOW TO APPLY page to learn more about the DWW application.

You can play your part in American film and support this tuition-free program with a donation here.

Watch Trailers From Recent DWW Films

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