By Elaina Patton | Thompson on Hollywood August 21, 2014 at 12:44PM
The American Film Institute’s Directing Worshop for Women (DWW) is expanding its decades-long directing program into the digital age with a new multi-platform initiative.
Since 1974, the AFI has held the yearly workshop to promote female directors and their short films. This year, AFI further diversifies its patronage of the female auteur, with the help of some big name donorship and an impressive casting of female mentors that includes Jamie Babbit, Patty Jenkins and Kimberly Peirce.
This year, AFI is adding an episodic programming strand to the workshop. Participants in the new series, which will concentrate on the production of digital content, will partner with participants of the ongoing short film program. And, accepted applicants will receive advice from TV and new media mentors, in addition to AFI alumnae.
Both the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation and NBCUniversal are lending their names and funds to the cause, hoping to create an opportunity for unknown female directors to develop skills and expose their already exisiting bodies of work.
AFI is now accepting applications for the 2015 Directing Workshop for Women. The eight selected applicants will enter into recently developed, cutting-edge classes including Running a Series and Building as Audience, in addition to the established curriculum of the workshop.
More info on how to apply, and what to expect, here.