ELIGIBILITY & SELECTION
The DWW is open to female and non-binary filmmakers regardless of gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, physical appearance, body, age, race, ethnicity, country of origin, or religion. Each cycle, we seek a highly diverse class with unique viewpoints. We are committed to providing a safe, equitable and educational environment for our participants.
Up to eight projects are selected for each year’s cycle. On average, 5% of applicants are selected to participate in the program. Applicants must have a minimum of three years’ professional experience working in the arts. This experience may not include credits earned within an academic program. Please note that applicants with professional credits as narrative directors — defined as a directing credit on a nationally broadcast or nationally distributed narrative non-documentary feature film or television program — are not eligible to apply.
Successful candidates have demonstrated collaborative skills and leadership ability in their professional careers. An affinity for identifying script material with a strong story (whether written by the applicant or another writer) is critical for consideration. Applicants must also possess a willingness and ability to fundraise and network in support of their productions.
Applications are reviewed in a three-tier process.