The AFI Directing Workshop for Women is now accepting applications!! This program is amazing and will change your world and career if you are accepted. Application deadline: December 6
Short film participants will work towards completing a short, narrative project with the intended outcome of playing at film festivals and acquiring distribution deals.
Episodic participants will work towards completing a web pilot or a web mini-series (no more than 20 pages total) to premiere online or via a streaming service.
MARCHNotification: Participants are notified of their acceptance.
APRILScreenplay & Fundraising Mentorship: Participants work remotely on developing their screenplays with faculty mentors, are given classes on fundraising for their projects and begin the process of raising their money with DWW staff guidance.
MAYThree-Week Training Workshop: Full-time classes and instruction. Some evenings and weekends may be required. Classes include all topics related to directing and visual storytelling — from lectures to hands-on exercises with actors and camera.
JUNEPre-Production: Approximately five weeks from the end of the training workshop session until the first production begins shooting.
JULYProduction: AFI provides lighting, grip and camera equipment that can be used for a five-day shoot (permission to use a non-AFI digital camera is possible through a formal request). Equipment pick-up and drop-off times are specified. Participants are responsible for damaged and missing equipment. AFI provides limited insurance and requires shooting/location permits, compliance with AFI SAG-AFTRA Agreements and other production paperwork.
AUGUSTPicture Lock: Participants are required to find editors for their projects. Projects must lock picture within the assigned 30 days, regardless of whether editing takes place on or off campus. On-campus editing facilities are available during specified hours. Directors participate in two additional days of classes on post-production and the business.
SEPTEMBER THROUGH DECEMBERPost-Production: Participants work to finish their films with AFI staff guidance and following a list of assigned deliverables. Once fully delivered, each participant can premiere their film on campus and will be eligible to participate in the annual DWW Showcase.
APRILShowcase: Eligible Participants’ work is screened in an annual Showcase for agents, managers, producers and executives at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles.
Participants become AFI Conservatory Alumnae and enjoy all benefits therein.
- Short Film Applicants: A standard format narrative screenplay of no more than 15 pages (shorter submissions are strongly encouraged) in proper screenplay format — applications submitted with improperly formatted scripts will not be considered.
- Episodic Applicants: a web pilot or a web mini-series in proper screenplay format — no more than 20 total pages.
- Narrative statements (which include the elements requested on the application)
- Resumé (no more than two pages)
- Bio (no more than one page)
- Work sample (sole directing credit — as outlined on the application)
- Application Fee of $100 (non-refundable)
- Letters of Recommendation (one letter is required - up to three letters of recommendation are accepted — must be dated within six months of the application).
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.
The application is now available at: AFI.com/DWW.
There will be an Open House on October 20 - guests can RSVP via their website!!!!