Young Women in Film Empowers the Next Generation of Female Filmmakers
The AFI Conservatory’s Young Women in Film Intensive is a nine-week filmmaking training program held on the AFI Campus for female-identifying high school students from the surrounding area. The 2022 participating schools were ICEF (Inner City Education Foundation) View Park Preparatory High School, Immaculate Heart, Synergy Quantum Academy High School and Atascadero High School (San Luis Obispo County).
Students learn the art of filmmaking, with training in pitching, screenwriting, producing, production design, directing, cinematography and editing — all with mentorship and state-of-the-art technological resources. Participants work together in teams alongside AFI Conservatory Fellows and Alumni to create a series of short films to be screened for audiences on campus.
This year’s program was overseen by the AFI Conservatory’s new Department of Innovative Programs, which brings the Institute’s non-degree, social impact programs under one roof. The YWIF intensive is made possible in part by support from AT&T, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and Canon Burbank. The program’s Founding Partner is the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation. Read more about the 2022 program here.
The 2022 program produced six short films: A LOST CAUSE, THE CALL, LOCKED, PEACE AGAIN, THE SHADOW and UNDER THE BED.
“We are incredibly proud of the young filmmakers who participated in this year’s AFI Young Women in Film intensive. Now more than ever, it is vital to teach the younger generation the importance of making their voices heard and the incredible impact their stories can have in moving culture forward.”
— SUSAN RUSKIN, DEAN OF THE AFI CONSERVATORY AND EVP OF THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE