AFI Directing Workshop for Women

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The AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) is a hands-on training program committed to increasing the number of women and gender non-binary artists working professionally as narrative screen directors. Since its inception in 1974, the DWW has graduated over 300 alumnae, creating a robust network of storytellers empowered to lend their voices to film and television in ever greater numbers.

— 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, the DWW provides eight gifted directors 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 participants. The DWW is open to women and gender non-binary artists with three 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 2020-21 DWW cycle are now open and will close SEPTEMBER 4.

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.